Day Two NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide

Day Two NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide
Mar 21, 2013, 09:45 pm
The name on the back of the jersey means just as much as the name on the front here at DraftExpress, so if you’re watching the NCAA tournament with an eye on scouting future NBA players, you’ve come to the right place.

Note: The numbers listed next to players representtheir standing in our top-100 prospect rankings for the 2013 draft.
All listed times are Eastern Standard (EST)

12:15 pm CBS
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

2 Duke: #11 Mason Plumlee, #60 Rasheed Sulaimon, #72 Ryan Kelly, #93 Seth Curry, Quinn Cook, Amile Jefferson, Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee
15 Albany

12:40 pm truTV
Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)

5Wisconsin: Jared Berggren, Sam Dekker
12 Ole Miss: Marshall Henderson, Jarvis Summers, Reginald Buckner, Murphy Holloway, Anthony Perez-Cortesia

Wisconsin’s defense specializes in preventing opposing teams from hurting them from beyond the 3-point line. That’s exactly what Marshall Henderson is built to do, though, as he averages an outrageous 14.0 3-point attempts per-40 minutes. Something has to give here, which will make for compelling basketball.

1:40 pm TBS
University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH)

8 North Carolina State: #30 C.J. Leslie, #32 T.J. Warren, #35 Lorenzo Brown, #48 Rodney Purvis, #73 Richard Howell
9 Temple: Khalif Wyatt

Richard Howell has quietly been putting up impressive numbers doing the dirty work for N.C. State all season long. Now he has an opportunity to make a name for himself at the national level with a strong tournament showing. Although they’ve underachieved this season relative to their talent-level, N.C. State has four top-100 prospects overall and should be a very popular ticket for scouts should they be able to advance here.

2:10 pm TNT
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)

2 Miami: #40 Shane arkin, #63 Kenny Kadji, Reggie Johnson, Durand Scott, Trey McKinney-Jones
15 Pacific:

Shane Larkin is riding some serious momentum after an outstanding showing in the ACC tournament final. He’s already hinted he’ll be returning, but worded his statement in a way ("as it stands right now") that leaves some plenty of room for interpretation should Miami make a run to the Final Four. Sources say he is still very much considering entering the draft depending on how things go the next few weeks.

2:45 pm CBS
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

7 Creighton: #56 Doug McDermott, Greg Echenique
10 Cincinnati: Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick, Shaq Thomas

Doug McDermott will have his hands full in matching up with one of the best defensive teams in college basketball in Cincinnati. Creighton loves to get up and down and often struggles to stop their opponents from scoring, so this will be a real contrast in styles and likely a very interesting contest. Should Creighton manage to advance, many scouts will want to see how McDermott fares against Ryan Kelly and Duke, in what should be a very high scoring and entertaining matchup.

3:10 pm truTV
Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)

4 Kansas State: Rodney McGruder, Jordan Henriquez
13 LaSalle: Jerrell Wright (Las)

4:10 pm TBS
University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH)

1 Indiana: #4 Cody Zeller, #7 Victor Oladipo, Christian Watford, Will Sheehey, Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, HannerPerea
16 James Madison:

4:40 pm TNT
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)

7 Illinois: #62 Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson
10 Colorado: #53 Andre Roberson, Josh Scott, Spencer Dinwiddie

Illinois-Colorado features a very intriguing matchup in the backcourt between Brandon Paul and Spencer Dinwiddie, two players who share some strengths and weaknesses. Andre Roberson came into this season with major expectations and could really use a positive Tournament showing if he’s to enter the 2013 draft with fewer question marks about his draft stock.

6:50 pm TBS
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

2 Georgetown: #8 Otto Porter, Greg Whittington, D’Vantes Smith-Rivera, Nate Lubick, Mikael Hopkins, Stephen Domingo
15 Florida Gulf Coast

7:15 pm CBS
University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH)

2 Ohio State: #57 DeShaun Thomas, #86 Aaron Craft, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross, Amedeo Della Valle
15 Iona: Lamont Jones

7:20 pm TNT
Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)

8 North Carolina: #19 James McAdoo, #51 Reggie Bullock, #48 P.J. Hairston, Dexter Strickland, Leslie McDonald, Marcus Paige, Desmond Hubert, Joel James, Brice Johnson, J.P. Tokoto
9 Villanova: Mouphtaou Yarou, JayVaughn Pinkston, James Bell, Ryan Arcidiacono, Daniel Ochefu

MouphtaouYarou hasn’t been able to make as much progress the past few years as some people (including us) hoped after a very strong freshman season, but he will have a chance to make his presence felt in a major way against UNC’s small-ball lineup in this up-tempo setting. James McAdoo, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston all have their work cut out for them this month to try and up their stock as much as possible and help them enter the 2013 draft on a strong note.

7:27 pm truTV
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)

3 Florida: #39 Patric Young, #58 Erik Murphy, Kenny Boynton, Casey Prather, Mike Rosario, Will Yeguete, Damontre Harris (redshirt), Braxton Ogbueze
14 Northwestern State

9:20 pm TBS
Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)

7 San Diego State: #27 Jamaal Franklin, Winston Shepard
10 Oklahoma: Amath M’Baye, Romero Osby, Steven Pledger, Cameron Clark

Jamaal Franklin is one of the more talented wing players in the NCAA, but has struggled at times this season to score efficiently. He still hasn’t solidified his draft stock as a sure-fire first rounder, so a couple of strong Tournament outings could be very helpful.

9:45 pm CBS
University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, OH)

7 Notre Dame: #89 Jack Cooley, Jerian Grant, Cameron Biedscheid
10 Iowa State: Georges Niang, Will Clyburn, Melvin Ejim, Korie Lucious

Jack Cooley is the best per-minute rebounder in college basketball, but his lackluster defense and average size and athleticism has yet to convince scouts that he’s worthy of being a NBA draft pick. He should be able to make his presence felt against this undersized Oklahoma squad quite well, which will give him the opportunity to continue to impress decision makers against stronger competition.

9:50 pm TNT
Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)

1 Kansas: #2 Ben McLemore, #31 Jeff Withey, #97 Elijah Johnson, Perry Ellis, Naadir Tharpe, Jamari Traylor, Andrew White
16 Western Kentucky

Ben McLemore is undoubtedly one of the most talented prospects in all of college basketball, but his struggles creating his own shot and tendency to disappear at times has raised some question marks about his ability to develop into a go-to option in the NBA. Teams will want to see him be assertive during Kansas’ tournament run, which starts here in front of a friendly crowd against overmatched Western Kentucky.

9:57 pm truTV
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, TX)

6 UCLA: #3 Shabazz Muhammad, #72 Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams (injured), Travis Wear, David Wear, Larry Drew, Norman Powell, Tony Parker
11 Minnesota: #74 Trevor Mbakwe, #91 Rodney Williams, Andre Hollins

Shabazz Muhammad will really have his hands full this upcoming weekend. Not only did he lose fellow freshman wing Jordan Adams to a season-ending injury, he’ll have to go up against an extremely athletic Minnesota squad that is far more talented than your typical 11 seed. Muhammad will have to shoulder a heavy burden against a very good defensive team, which should put his strengths and weaknesses as a prospect on full display.

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