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Cormac Ryan

Fans of college basketball have two former Milton Mustangs to look out for as March Madness kicks off this week.

Cormac Ryan, a senior guard for the North Carolina Tar Heels, set a career record earlier this month, scoring 31 points in UNC’s win against Duke to clinch the ACC title. No. 1-seeded UNC takes on Wagner Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament. Ryan was a captain at Notre Dame before transferring to UNC this year.

Casey Simmons

Casey Simmons, a sophomore forward for the Yale Bulldogs, is in his first year playing for Yale. The Bulldogs face off against Auburn on Friday. Simmons was rated the No. 1 player in Massachusetts as a four-star recruit out of Milton, and was one of the top prospects in New England. He transferred to Yale from Northwestern this year.

“It’s always exciting to see former players excel at the next level,” said their Milton coach, Lamar Reddicks, the school’s athletic director. Coach Reddicks was on hand to see Ryan and the Tar Heels defeat Duke. “Cormac and Casey are great leaders, great players, and even better young men. We’re all thrilled for them.”

UNC-Wagner starts at 2:45 p.m. Eastern on Thursday; Yale-Auburn at 4:15 p.m. Eastern on Friday.