Meanwhile, though no teams from Los Angeles made it to this year's title game, the Southland did provide some of the talent.
Connecticut second-year Coach
Connecticut junior forward Daniels, who emerged as a star during his team's title-game run, attended Woodland Hills Taft High.
Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's semifinal win over Florida. He finished with eight points and six rebounds Monday.
"I just stopped putting too much pressure on myself," Daniels said before Monday's game. "You can't put too much pressure on yourself because it makes it hard on you and you start playing bad."
Hall of Fame
Mourning played at Georgetown and was a seven-time NBA All-Star, while Richmond played at
Out of action
Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, as expected, did not play in the title game. Cauley-Stein suffered an ankle injury in the Wildcats' regional win over Louisville. He missed Saturday's semifinal win over Wisconsin.
"It's tough, it's heartbreaking," he said Sunday. "The only thing I can really do is encourage the team and stay positive."
Cauley-Stein was a key contributor for Kentucky this year, averaging 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds.