3 BYU players who need to shine in the NCAA Tournament

If BYU wants to make a deep tournament run, these players will need to prosper.

Fousseyni Traore hauls in a rebound against Kansas
Fousseyni Traore hauls in a rebound against Kansas / Jamie Squire/GettyImages
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2. Jaxson Robinson

Jaxson Robinson, Joe Toussaint
Jaxson Robinson squares up against Texas Tech / John E. Moore III/GettyImages

The transfer from Texas A&M and Arkansas has found a home in Provo. The current Big 12 6th Man of the Year award frontrunner accepted a new role as a spark off the bench for the Cougars. While some would view a shift to the bench as a demotion, Robinson doesn't take his role as a curse. Like Manu Ginobili, Robinson comes off the bench to maximize production and keep up the team's momentum. His role is essential.

Robinson has gained some attention from the NBA and is expected to be drafted in this upcoming NBA draft. Thanks to his long 6'7" frame and buttery-smooth 3-point jumper, he has the potential to be a solid 3-and-D player in the next stage of his career. He'll need to be a disruptor on the defensive end and a constant threat from long-range in the tournament to help the Cougars.

When he struggles to score, that is often reflected in his teammates. Robinson sets the tone for the Cougars' offense, so taking smart shots and being a danger from anywhere on the floor will be vital to BYU's offensive attack. Essentially, play smart, play hard, and win games.