It’s that time of year again, when players you’ve never heard of become the darlings of the NCAA Tournament. Before the madness gets started on Thursday, take a stroll down memory lane to see where the biggest One-Hit Wonders from Mid-Major programs have ended up now:
[As of March 16th, 2011]
Bo Kimble (Loyola Marymount)
Kimble was in the news a lot last year with the 20th anniversary of the death of Hank Gathers during the 1990 West Coast Conference Tournament. Despite heavy hearts, the Lions reached the Elite Eight before falling to eventual champion UNLV. Kimble took the first free throw of each game left-handed to honor Gathers. He is now on the Forty-Four for Life Foundation’s (44 was Gathers’ number) board of directors, raising awareness of heart disease in Gathers’ honor. Kimble resides in Philly.
Jeff Fryer (Loyola Marymount)
A member of that Cinderella team, Fryer became a March darling while hitting 11 3-pointers against Michigan in the second round to knock off the defending national champs. He ended up appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show with Kimble. Fryer still lives in Southern California, where he is a basketball agent and runs the Jeff Fryer Basketball Academy.
Mouse McFadden (Cleveland State)
Ken “Mouse” McFadden was part of the first No. 14 seed to win a tournament game – knocking off Bob Knight and Indiana in 1986. He still resides in Cleveland and as of last year, was a health specialist for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Harold Arceneaux (Weber State)
It was one of the greatest performances in NCAA Tournament history. Harold “The Show” Arceneaux lit up North Carolina for 36 points in the 1999 First Round, carrying Weber St. to victory. He’s spent his pro career playing oversees and retired in 2010. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Petey Sessoms (Old Dominion)
In one of the greatest under-the-radar games in NCAA Tournament history, Sessoms outdueled Villanova’s Kerry Kittles in triple-overtime to lift the Monarchs to victory in the 1995 first round with 35 points. As of last year, he now lives in Los Angeles, where his wife works in the movie industry.
Tony Price (Penn)
Price led the Quakers all the way to the 1979 Final Four by knocking off blue bloods North Carolina, Syracuse and St. John’s. His son, AJ, led Connecticut to the Final Four last season. Price now works for an insurance brokerage firm on Wall Street.
Roosevelt Chapman (Dayton)
Nicknamed “Velvet” on the New York City playgrounds, Chapman led the 10th-seeded Flyers to the Elite Eight, highlighted by a 41-point effort vs. Wayman Tisdale’s Oklahoma Sooners. Dayton bowed out to eventual national champion Georgetown. Chapman now resides in Tampa after running for Congress in Ohio in 2006.
Bryce Drew (Valparaiso)
Having achieved instant fame for his 1998 buzzer-beater vs. Ole Miss, Drew is now the associate head coach under his dad, Homer, at Valpo. The Crusaders are currently playing in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. His brother, Scott, is the head coach at Baylor.
Ty Rogers (Western Kentucky)
Roger’s buzzer-beating bomb in 2008 propelled Western Kentucky to the Sweet Sixteen and won an ESPY award for “Best Finish.” Rogers went into pharmaceutical sales and as of last year, resides in rural Eddyville, KY.
Fennis Dembo (Wyoming)
Possibly the greatest name in NCAA Tournament history, he went head-to-head with Reggie Miller in the 1987 second round, scoring 41 points en route to the Sweet Sixteen. As of 2010, he is a student at St. Philips College in San Antonio, where he is studying civil engineering in hopes of becoming a teacher.
Curtis Blair (Richmond)
The first No. 15 seed to win a game, Curtis Blair had 18 points and six assists in a 1991 shocker over Syracuse. You can now find Blair on NBA courts – as a referee.
Jai Lewis (George Mason)
Lewis became the face of George Mason’s Cinderella run to the 2006 Final Four. After college he attempted to pull an Antonio Gates, signing as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in an attempt to make the NFL as an offensive tackle. The experiment lasted just one summer and Lewis was back in basketball. He is currently playing overseas in Japan.
Yinka Dare (George Washington)
In 1993, a 7-foot-1 George Washington freshman named Yinka Dare was hyped as the next Hakeen Olajuwon after leading the 12th-seeded Colonials to the Sweet Sixteen. He never panned out in the pros and retired in 2003. Tragically, he died of a heart attack just one year later at the age of just 31 in his New Jersey home.