The NCAA Tournament is college basketball’s biggest stage.
For NBA teams, it provides the final chance to see players and evaluate them under pressure before the draft.
Players can improve their position — and make more money — with eye-opening play in the tournament.
Conversely, they can cost themselves if they play poorly or their team is eliminated early, which limits their exposure.
With that in mind, here’s a list of 10 possible lottery picks to keep an eye on during the tournament.
(Note: Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a freshman center and likely top-five pick, is not included because he is sidelined with a knee injury).
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Position • Shooting guard
Vitals • Freshman, 6-5, 195
What you will see • A fluid athlete who can get to the basket or score from long range. He can create his own shots but is not hesitant about getting others involved.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Position • Point guard/shooting guard
Vitals • Freshman, 6-4, 225
What you will see • Has tremendous size, which translates into a two-position player. Scouts like his passing and creativity. He’s a Russell Westbrook-type.
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Position • Shooting guard/small forward
Vitals • Freshman, 6-6, 225
What you will see • He hasn’t dominated in college, which is disappointing. But has undeniable physical skills. Once polished, he could be an elite player.Next Page >
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