INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana may be more Heartland than Hollywood, but on Saturday celebrity-level glamour will descend on the Hoosier State.
The 2015 Final Four could light up the Las Vegas Strip with its star power.
National Player of the Year favorite, Frank Kaminsky, is here.
National Freshman of the Year favorite, Jahlil Okafor, is here.
If there were a National Defensive Player of the Year, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein should be the winner.
He, too, is here.
This will be only the second time in the past seven years that three of the five Associated Press First Team All-America selections (the three players mentioned above) have played in the same Final Four.
If you want to understand just how much talent will be on display in the national semifinals, consider:
ESPN's Chad Ford has eight players who will play in Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday among his top 20 NBA Draft prospects for 2015. The website draftexpress.com has nine Final Four participants — nine! — slated to go in the first round.
To put that in perspective, the 2008 Final Four — the only one ever filled by four No. 1 seeds — produced three of the top five picks in that year's draft (Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love) but only four first-rounders overall.
The 2007 Final Four — Florida going for the repeat against all No. 1 and 2 seeds — yielded four of the top five picks (Greg Oden, Al Horford, Mike Conley and Jeff Green) and six of the top 10 (add Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah).
Yet not even that robustly talented Final Four produced nine first-round draft picks.
This one has a chance to be special.
What makes all the talent on display this Saturday so compelling is that, be it the veteran standouts at Wisconsin and Michigan State or the potential one-and-doners at Duke and Kentucky, all follow the Larry Brown dictum:
They play the right way.
"Yeah, this Final Four has a lot of talent," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday. "(But) I think it's coordinated talent. It's talent that makes other talent better. It's a piano player and the guitar player and the singer who are making each other better, not just a great piano player. That coordinated talent is why you see four outstanding teams."
In Wisconsin's Kaminsky, a 7-foot senior (18.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game) equally at home on the block or the three-point line (41.5 percent), you will see the most offensively versatile big man in college hoops.
It will be fascinating to see if John Calipari asks Cauley-Stein, whose length and abundant athleticism allows him to literally guard any position on the floor, to check him.
If so, that would make for a tantalizing one-on-one matchup in Saturday's national semifinals.
In Duke's Okafor, an offensively skilled 6-10 low-post presence (17.5 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 assists), you have the player who for most of this year had been projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
If the Dookies vanquish Michigan State and UK gets by Wisconsin, Okafor could face off Monday against UK's 6-11 Karl-Anthony Towns, the player who some have started to elevate above the Blue Devils star in mock drafts.
On Monday night, the two freshmen could battle for the national championship while also dueling for No. 1 draft status.
How cool would that be?
But there will be more than post play on display in Indy.
In Duke's electric freshman wing player Justise Winslow (20-of-39 field goals, 14 points a game in NCAAs) and Wisconsin's scalding-hot Sam Dekker (21.8 points on 60.4 percent shooting in the Big Dance), you will also see two small forwards who have seen their individual stock climb up, up, up in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Beyond pure star power, what also makes this Final Four interesting is variety. In seniors such as Kaminsky and Michigan State's Branden Dawson and Travis Tice, you have old-school throwbacks to what college basketball used to be.
In Duke freshman stars Okafor, Winslow and point guard Tyus Jones plus UK freshmen Towns, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker, you could have six one-and-done, first-round draft picks out of this Final Four.
Said Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan: "I would say in this Final Four, having played all the teams within the past year, there's a little bit of everything. It's at a very high level."
As a very famous former NFL wide receiver once said: "Better get your popcorn ready, it's going to be a show."