Three Sweet 16 players you must watch (and one’s not who you think)

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When writing a column for NBCSports.com on three of the must-see players in the Sweet 16, Jelisa Castrodale spotlighted two obvious choices: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette and Arizona’s Derrick Williams.

Smart, safe and solid picks.

The third? VCU point guard Joey Rodriguez, who deftly led the Rams to three wins in five days, including a thrashing of 3-seed Purdue. Here’s her take:

Rodriguez is a throwback pass-first, shoot-second guard who can do a little of everything. Double-digit point totals. Double-digit assists. Double-doubles. If he were an appliance, he’d definitely have an infomercial. … It’s late in the season, but Rodriguez is verb-worthy. Can you get Joey-ed? Florida State will find out on Thursday night. If VCU wins in their first-ever Sweet 16 appearance, that’ll be something worth talking about.

Can’t argue with that. Rodriguez has earned more than a few shout outs.

As an added bonus for Duke haters, she spends the first fourth of the column ripping TV announcers for their love of Kyrie Irving.  So there’s that.

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