13 NCAA Tournament Players to Watch Have NBA Dads

Jeanne Sager

NCAA March MadnessThere's been much ado about the four extra games added to March Madness this year, but I've got another one for you. Spot the NCAA player with a dad from the NBA!

It makes sense that some of the nation's best ballers would spawn little -- OK really tall -- hoopsters. But this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament is absolutely teeming with the kids of former NBA greats. Get ready for some truly great basketball, because these kids have great genes:

Seth Curry: Father Dell spent 16 seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Toronto Raptors. His big brother Stephen is now with the Golden State Warriors, but Seth is a sophomore guard on the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils. He'll play Hampton on Friday at 3:10 p.m.

Nolan Smith: His dad, the late Derek Smith, played in the NBA for nine years then followed it up with an assistant coaching career. Nolan is a senior guard for the Duke Blue Devils.

Tim Hardaway Jr.: His dad, Tim. Sr., was a five-time NBA All-Star, and played 14 years in the NBA (Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and Indiana Pacers). Tim Jr. is a freshman guard with the #8 seed Michigan Wolverines, taking on Tennessee on Friday at 12:40 p.m.

Jordan Dumars: His father, Joe Dumars, spent 14 years with the Detroit Pistons as a player and now he's the Pistons' president of basketball operation. Jordan's a sophomore guard with the Michigan Wolverines.

Jon Horford: His dad, Tito, was the first Dominican-born NBA player and spent three years in the NBA, split between the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Bullets. The younger Horford is a freshman forward for the Wolverines.

Phil and Matt Pressey: Their dad, Paul, was the first guy to play point forward in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks. These days he's on the coaching staff for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Phil is a freshman and Matt a junior on the #11 seed Missouri Tigers. Mizzou and the Pressey brothers will take on Cincinnati on Thursday at 9:50 p.m.

Royce Woolridge: He's the son of Orlando Woolridge, who played 13 years in the NBA, and great-nephew of New York Knick Willis Reed, but the freshman guard will be playing with #1 seed Kansas in this year's tournament. The Jayhawks take on Boston University on Friday at 6:50 p.m.

David Stockton: His dad John played 19 years for the Utah Jazz, and David's now a freshman point guard at Gonzaga. The #11 seed will take on St. John's at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Alexander Schrempf: Son of Detlef, a 16-year veteran of the NBA including stints with the Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Supersonics, and the Pacers, Alexander red-shirted last year but the forward will play with #7 seed UCLA against Michigan State on Thursday at 9:20 p.m.

Jai Lucas: Dad John was a 14-year NBA veteran who played for the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, and Seattle Supersonics and a former NBA head coach (San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Cleveland Cavaliers). Jai is a senior guard for Texas. The #4 seed will play Oakland Friday at 12:15 p.m.

Dean Melchionni: His father, Gary, was a second-round pick of the Phoenix Suns in the 1973 NBA Draft, and his uncle, Bill Melchionni, starred in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. Dean's now a sophomore guard with the Texas Longhorns.

Ledrick Eackles: Dad Lendell played seven NBA seasons for the Bullets, Miami Heat, and Washington Wizards. Now Ledrick is a sophomore guard for #13 seed Oakland's Golden Grizzlies. They'll play Texas on Friday at 3:15 p.m.

Here's how to see all the games. Who will you be watching for? Is it because of dad or the kid?


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