Forty-eight of the 50 states are sending players to men’s March Madness. New Hampshire isn’t one of them

According to this map posted by NCAA March Madness, New Hampshire is one of just two states with no players participating in this year’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

According to this map posted by NCAA March Madness, New Hampshire is one of just two states with no players participating in this year’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. Courtesy

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Monitor staff

Published: 03-20-2024 11:52 AM

Modified: 03-21-2024 11:52 AM


According to a map posted by the official NCAA men’s March Madness account on X, formerly Twitter, New Hampshire is one of just two states not sending any players to the Division I men’s tournament, which began with the First Four on Tuesday night.

Hawaii is the other state.

The Granite State has produced its fair share of basketball talent through the years, including Concord area natives Matt Bonner (played at Florida), Luke Bonner (played at West Virginia and UMass) and Scott Drapeau (played at UMass, Southern New Hampshire and UNH). Current Miami Heat guard/forward Duncan Robinson, originally from York, Maine, played a year of basketball at Phillips Exeter Academy before later helping the University of Michigan reach the national title game in 2018, while Geo Baker, who helped lead Rutgers to the NCAA Tournament in 2021 and 2022, grew up in Derry and played at Pinkerton Academy and Proctor Academy.

On the women’s basketball side, Massachusetts governor Maura Healey played basketball at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton before playing at Harvard and then in a professional league in Austria. Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Taylor Soule was a key part of Virginia Tech’s trip to the Final Four last year.

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