There has been a lot of excitement concerning this year's NBA Draft, especially given the lackluster pool of prospects in last year's edition. NBA executives, scouts, and experts continually extol players like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Fans have begun to suspect that their beloved teams are tanking in order to land one of these rare talents. Indeed, this year's NBA Draft looks like it will be glutted with talented players, and teams do not want to miss out on the chance of drafting a potentially valuable player.
The NCAA Tournament has often allowed NBA prospects to showcase their talents and improve their draft stock. Tyrus Thomas, for instance, was not projected to be a lottery pick when his LSU Tigers entered the Tournament back in 2006, but his play in the Tournament led to him being selected fourth overall. Of course, Thomas has not developed into the player that some envisioned, but the example shows how important the NCAA Tournament can be for a player's stock. Aside from players whose positions atop draft boards are immutable, NBA teams weigh a player's success in the NCAA Tournament heavily when appraising their value. A player can undermine or improve his draft stock with his play in the postseason.
This list looks at ten exciting NBA prospects in this year's NCAA Tournament. The majority of these players are underclassmen, having come to campus for a year before jilting school for the NBA, but this list also features talented upperclassmen—players who have spent the last three to four years honing their basketball skills. Since a given prospect will appeal to one team over another, there is no rhyme or reason to these rankings, though Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are undoubtedly the top prospects on this list.
10 Tyler Ennis - Syracuse
9 Andrew Wiggins - Kansas
8 Jabari Parker - Duke
7 Julius Randle - Kentucky
6 Aaron Gordon - Arizona
5 Doug McDermott - Creighton
4 Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State
3 Adreian Payne - Michigan State
2 Nik Stauskas - Michigan
1 Gary Harris - Michigan State
This season, Garry Harris has climbed up many experts' draft board. But the jury is still out with regards to where he will actually get picked. Indeed, though Tom Izzo has increased Harris' role on the Spartans this year, putting the ball in his hands far more than last year, Harris' shooting percentages have dipped. Last season, it was Harris' shooting ability that most impressed scouts, so his declining shooting percentages do not bode well for his draft stock. However, Harris has shown that he can play solid defense, an eternally valuable skill in basketball. He will have the chance to raise his draft stock, as Michigan State is still alive in this year's NCAA Tournament.
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