If you’re from metro Atlanta and tuning into NCAA tournament games, you might see a familiar face or two.
Scattered throughout the 68 rosters in the tournament field are 49 Georgia natives. Five of them hail from DeKalb County.
Watch out for these guys as they try to lead their team through the big dance:
Aaron Augustin, Stephen F. Austin, Sophomore – Miller Grove The 5-foot-11 guard is a native of Suwanee, but played his high school ball at Miller Grove in Lithonia. A three-star prospect in high school, he signed with Lumberjacks over offers from other mid-majors like Tennessee Tech, Georgia Southern, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State and IUPUI. This season he averaged 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per-game for the Southland Conference champions.
Bryce Brown, Auburn, Junior – Tucker The Stone Mountain native led the Auburn Tigers in scoring this season, racking up 502 points and an average of 16.2 per-game. Brown was named All-SEC Second Team this season and helped Bruce Pearl's squad get a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, a stage Auburn hasn't been to since 2003. Brown also posted per-game averages of 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. One of Brown's best games this season came against Georgia as he scored 28 points in a win. Athletics are in his blood as his father and brother both played football at Clark Atlanta.
Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin, Sophomore – Martin Luther King Jr. A native of Ellenwood, Harris helped lead Martin Luther King Jr. High School to the quarterfinals of Georgia's high school basketball playoffs. Now, at Stephen F. Austin, he's trying to lead the Lumberjacks in an upset over No. 3 Texas Tech. Harris, a 6-foot-6 wing, is an important player for the Lumberjacks as he's second on the team in scoring and rebounding with per-game averages of 14.6 points and 5.4 boards.
Nick Harris, Charleston, Junior – St. Pius X A starter for CAA Champions in the front court, Harris averages 6.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per-game this season. At 6-foot-10, he patrols the paint and led the team in blocked shots with 40 swats. He's a native of Dacula, but played his high school ball in DeKalb County. He is teammates with two other Georgia natives, Laney's Zep Jasper and Clarke Central's Cameron Johnson.
Mak Krause, Florida, Junior – St. Pius X Krause was a solid player in high school, but passed on offers from Division III schools to attend Florida. He started with the team as a manager, but then became a walk-on earlier this season. He's seen action in five games and tallied his first collegiate points in a win over Stanford. Krause also corralled a rebound in a win over Alabama.