18 under-the-radar young athletes who could hit the big time in 2018
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Sports fans are always looking for the next big thing, whether it's a footballer like Neymar, a basketball player like LeBron James, or a boxer who will measure up to Anthony Joshua.
Business Insider has compiled a list of young, under-the-radar athletes who look set to make waves in the ring, on the court, or on the pitch in 2018.
From the "next Conor McGregor" to the new "face of snowboarding," the athletes could become the biggest thing in their respective sports.
Ranked by age from oldest to youngest, scroll down to see 18 under-the-radar young athletes who we expect to hit the big time in 2018.
Mackenzie Dern, 24 — The American bringing expert jiu-jitsu to UFC.
Ōtani Shōhei, 23 — Japan's Babe Ruth, who has a record-breaking 102.5mph pitch.
Mattie Rogers, 22 — An American record-setter who can already lift twice her bodyweight.
Ester Ledecká, 22 — The Czech who dominates in TWO winter sports.
Maverick Viñales, 22 — The Spanish MotoGP talent challenging Valentino Rossi and Marc Márquez.
Aaron Pico, 21 — The young American being talked up as the next Conor McGregor.
Mason Crane, 20 — The spin bowler who will be an English cricket staple for years to come.
Daniel Dubois, 20 — The English heavyweight who will be a future Anthony Joshua opponent.
Jelena Ostapenko, 20 — The Latvian tennis star who could add to her major honours in 2018.
Ryan Garcia, 19 — The American who is the most important Golden Boy signing since Canelo Alvarez.
Christian Pulisic, 19 — The attacking midfielder close to a Real Madrid or FC Barcelona transfer.
Marvin Bagley III, 18 — The Duke University power forward who is the best college basketball player on the planet.
Luka Dončić, 18 — The young Latvian following the footsteps of New York Knicks center Kristaps Porziņģis.
Justin Kluivert, 18 — The young Dutch winger who is a reported transfer target for Manchester United.
Marcus Smith, 18 — The English fly half already returning Man of the Match performances in rugby union.
Rasmus Dahlin, 17 — The generational talent who isn't even old enough to drink.
Vinicius Júnior, 17 — The Brazilian who cost Real Madrid €45 million in 2017.
Chloe Kim, 17 — The American who is already seen as the face of snowboarding.