Native Athletes to Watch in March Madness & Post Season Games!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 14th, 2017 Blog

It's one of the most wonderful times of the year for college basketball fanatics. March Madness is here and folks are gearing up for some phenomenal games. And since basketball is such a popular sport on the rez, you know a bunch of us Native fans will be watching. There will even be some Native athletes on the court too! has a break down of players to root for as you watch the NCAA basketball tournament.

2017 NCAA Men's Tournament:
Bronson Koenig (Ho-Chunk Nation) Senior guard for the University of Wisconsin Badgers
Derek Willis (Arapaho/Pawnee/Creek Tribes) Senior forward for the University of Kentucky Wildcats
Lindy Waters, III (Kiowa/Cherokee) – Freshman forward for the Oklahoma State Cowboys
Chance Comanche (Choctaw/Comanche) Sophomore forward for the University of Arizona Wildcats

Postseason Games:
National Invitational Tournament (NIT)
Brad Green (Paiute/Shoshone) Freshman Center for the University of California-Irvine Postseason Tournament (CIT)
Michael Buchanan (Blackfeet Tribe)Senior for the University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartans

2017 NCAA Women's Tournament

Caitlyn Ramirez (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) Senior forward for the Troy Trojans
Chelsea Dungee (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) Freshman guard for the University of Oklahoma Sooners

Postseason Games:
Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT)
Lauren Billie (Mvskoke Creek/Seminole) Sophomore guard for the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks
Dominque Golightly (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma) Freshman guard/forward for Abilene Christian University Wildcats
Brice Calip (Mvskoke Creek Nation) Freshman guard for the Missouri State Bears

Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI)
Jaye Two Bears (Standing Rock Sioux) Freshman guard for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers
Tisha Phillips (Nez Perce Tribe) Senior guard/forward for the Eastern Washington University Eagles

Be sure to check for the latest info!

Congratulations to all the players for their hard work this season. We'll be rooting for you!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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