March Madness is officially underway. This year, Americans are expected to wager more than $10 billion on the basketball tournament (though most of it will be illegal), according to the American Gaming Association. Notable people are even getting in the action, including former President Barack Obama who tweeted his bracket last Thursday.
The NCAA tournament also has a way of throwing lesser known athletes into the spotlight. Just last week No. 16 ranked team UMBC toppled No. 1 seed UVA in a historic win that put the focus on a university that's better known for its academics.
Additionally, former players who made March Madness appearances have since gone on to play professional basketball. Here are nine players who led their college teams in the annual tournament and have gone on to have highly successful NBA careers: