Fan Fest Special Events
- Managers' Games
- Since the start of the 2015-16 season, more than 600 games have been played by more than 160 Division I schools representing 27 conferences. Nearly 150,000 votes were cast in advance of the semifinal matchups in 2015-16, culminating with Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, and Tennessee competing at the 2016 NCAA Final Four in Houston, Texas. Kansas defeating Michigan State 44-42 to win the first ever Manager Games National Championship. More than $2,000 was raised through a GoFundMe account to assist in travel expenses for each school. Game production and referees at the NCAA Fan Fest were kindly provided with assistance from the NCAA, Turner Sports, and on-site manager, 3 Point Productions.
- Student managers are a valuable asset to college basketball teams across the country. They volunteer their time to assist student-athletes, coaches, and schools in positions that are often unpaid. They assist in practices, the video room, on gameday, and in many other aspects of the day-to-day operation of college basketball programs. The work ethic learned while serving as a student manager helps graduates become successful in jobs in both professional and intercollegiate athletics, as well as positions outside sports. The student manager position has become one of the best internships in intercollegiate athletics.
First established in 2014 by Michigan State student managers Ian May and Andrew Novak and Michigan State Assistant Athletic Director and former manager Kevin Pauga, the first Manager Games Postseason Tournament took place in March 2016.
Next Generation Sunday
In an effort to celebrate the reach of college basketball internationally and the next generation of student-athletes, the NCAA has created the Next Generation Showcase. Next Generation Showcase will feature a competition between four teams from NBA Academies, the NBA’s signature international development initiative that consists of a network of basketball training centers around the world. The teams will scrimmage one another during the NCAA’s Final Four Fan Fest presented by Capital One on Sunday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scrimmages are open to all fans who attend Fan Fest.
|Pedro Henrique Rufino Coelho||Brazil||6'6"||F|
|Rodolfo Rufino Bolis||Brazil||6'6"||F|
|Jean Claudio Montero Berroa||Dominican Republic||6'0"||PG|
|Jermaine Miranda Perez||Puerto Rico||6'4"||SG|
|Ruan Michel Marques Miranda||Brazil||6'9"||PF|
|Bryan Jered Ceballos Perez||Mexico||6'0"||PG|
|Gibran Enafael Avelino Alvarado||Mexico||6'3"||G|
|Javier Rex Javier Rex||Mexico||6'3"||SG|
|Kurt-Curry Wegscheider||Central Africa Rep||6'3"||SG|
|Chukwudalu Calistus Egbejiogu||Nigeria||6'1"||PG|
|Chika Timothy Ndubuisi||Nigeria||7'0"||C|
|Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua||Cameroon||6'8"||F|
|Hyunjung Lee||South Korea||6'7"||SG/SF|
|Junseok Yeo||South Korea||6'8"||F|