Meet the local stars headlining March Madness 2023

Check out The Post’s all-area NCAA Tournament team ahead of March Madness 2023:

First team

Sr. G Markquis Nowell (16.8 PPG, 7.6 APG) 

School: Kansas State | Hometown: Harlem 

Small in stature, Nowell plays much bigger than his 5-foot-8 frame.

He has Harlem swagger — his Twitter handle is Mr. New York City — and the game to back it up, a driving force to one of the nation’s biggest surprises. 

Sr. G Chase Audige (13.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG) 

School: Northwestern | Hometown: Coram, N.Y. 

The Long Island native became the first Northwestern player since Pat Baldwin in 1994 to win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, sharing the award with Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell.

He also was a second team all-league selection, a major factor in the Wildcats’ unexpected return to the tournament. 

Northwestern star Chase Audige
Northwestern star Chase Audige is from Long Island.

Jr. F Adama Sanogo (16.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG) 

School: UConn | Hometown: Elizabeth, N.J. 

A bull in the post, the imposing 6-foot-9 big man spearheads the physical Huskies in the paint.

A native of Mali who moved to the U.S. for high school and ended up at the Patrick School in Elizabeth, has even shown an ability to step out and hit the 3-point shot on occasion, adding versatility to his game. 

Sr. G Tyson Walker (14.6 PPG, 2.8 APG) 

School: Michigan State | Hometown: Westbury, N.Y. 

The former Christ the King star and Northeastern transfer blossomed in his second year at Michigan State, shooting a robust 42.3 percent from 3-point range and cutting down on his turnovers despite more minutes.

An All-Big Ten second-team selection, he was a key piece to the Spartans finishing fourth in the powerhouse conference. 

Jr. G Isaiah Wong (16.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG) 

School: Miami | Hometown: Piscataway, N.J. 

A year after helping lead the Hurricanes to a surprising Elite Eight run, Wong performed even better, improving his offensive efficiency and developing as a playmaker.

He was named the ACC Player of the Year, joining Shane Larkin (2012-13) as the only Miami player to win the award. 

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Second Team 

Sr. G Jahvon Quinerly (7.7 PPG, 3.7 APG) 

Hackensack, N.J., Alabama 

Jr. F Nae’qwan Tomlin (10.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG) 

Harlem, Kansas State 

Sr. F Jacob Toppin (12.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG) 

Brooklyn, Kentucky 

Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin
Kentucky forward Jacob Toppin hails from Brooklyn.

Sr. G Joe Toussaint (9.5 PPG, 2.7 APG) 

Bronx, West Virginia 

Fr. F Dariq Whitehead (8.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG) 

Newark, N.J., Duke 

Third Team 

Sr. F Darnell Brodie (8.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG) 

Newark, N.J., Drake 

So. G Bryce Harris (7.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG) 

Brentwood, N.Y., Howard 

Howard's Bryce Harris celebrates after winning the MEAC Tournament.
Howard’s Bryce Harris celebrates after winning the MEAC Tournament.
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Jr. F Ismael Massoud (5.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG) 

Harlem, Kansas State 

Jr. G Joe Munden Jr. (10.4 PPG, 4.9 RPG) 

Harlem, Fairleigh Dickinson 

Sr. G Demetre Roberts (16.7 PPG, 4.3 APG) 

Mount Vernon, N.Y., Fairleigh Dickinson