The name on the back of the jersey means just as much as the name on the front here at DraftExpress, so if youre watching the tournament with an eye on scouting players who will eventually play in the NBA, youve come to the right place. Note: The numbers listed next to players represent their standing in our top-100 prospect rankings for the 2013 draft.12:15 pm CBSThe Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)3 Michigan State:
#23 Gary Harris
, #68 Adreian Payne
, #69 Branden Dawson
, Derrick Nix
, Keith Appling14 Valparaiso: Ryan Broekhoff
Australian Ryan Broekhoff was the last player cut from that same Olympic team that Dellavedova competed on, and even though he was very much under the radar in the Horizon league, he is an extremely productive and versatile player who has a lot to gain with a strong showing against Michigan State.
For Michigan State, Gary Harris is considered somewhat of a poor mans Bradley Beal. He is exceptionally efficient for an 18-year old freshman, even if hes likely more of a 2014 draft prospect. Its difficult to predict which Adreian Payne will show up on any given night, but with his strong athleticism, excellent wingspan and rebounding ability, hes a prospect scouts will be watching.
12:40 pm truTVRupp Arena (Lexington, KY)6 Butler: Rotnei Clark
, Kellen Dunham
, Andrew Smith 11 Bucknell:
#37 Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala has been toiling in obscurity all season in the Patriot league, and could really use a strong outing or two against high-level competition to justify a team using a first round pick on him. Butler will surely throw the kitchen sink at him, and he has to be ready for that.
1:40 pm TBSEnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)8 Pittsburgh:
#22 Steven Adams
, Lamar Patterson
, J.J. Moore
, Dante Taylor
, Travon Woodall
, Cameron Wright
, Trey Zeigler
, James Robinson
, Malcolm Gilbert9 Wichita State: Cleanthony Early
Steven Adams has been playing better as of late, but hes considered more of a long-term prospect due to his raw offensive skill-set and feel for the game. He will have his hands full with a group of extremely tough and physical Wichita State big men led by Cleanthony Early.
2:10 pm TNTHP Pavilion (San Jose, CA)4 St. Louis: Kwamain Mitchell13 New Mexico State SimBhuallar
2:45 pm CBSThe Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)6 Memphis: Adonis Thomas
, Joe Jackson
, Geron Johnson
, Tarik Black
, Shaq Goodwin
, D.J. Stephens
, Damien Wilson11 St. Marys: Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova is one of the most experienced players in college basketball, having seen significant minutes in the Olympics last summer with the Australian national team. His matchup with Memphis, should he advance, could be extremely interesting, as hes exactly the type of disciplined and mature player that can give the often wild and disorganized Tigers problems. Dellavedova has everything you look for in a prospect except NBA-caliber athleticism, so a strong showing against a quick and explosive bunch of defenders could be highly beneficial for his draft stock.
Adonis Thomas has seen his stock decline all year, and if he indeed still wants to declare for the draft like the rumor mill indicates, he will need to have a strong Tournament showing. Joe Jackson has had a very efficient season by his standards, but few will buy into his Conference USA numbers without him backing it up in March.
3:10 pm truTVRupp Arena (Lexington, KY)3 Marquette: Vander Blue
, Davante Gardner
, Trent Lockett
, Jamil Wilson
, Junior Cadougan 14 Davidson: DeMon Brooks
, Chris Czerapowicz
, Jake Cohen
Vander Blue is one of the most athletic guards youll find, but is still likely a jump-shot away from being considered a viable NBA draft pick. Davante Gardner led the Big East in PER, but is an extremely undersized center without great athleticism, even if he does have excellent hands and touch.
4:10 pm TBSEnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)1 Gonzaga:
#12 Kelly Olynyk
, #66 Przemek Karnowski
, Elias Harris
, Sam Dower
, Kevin Pangos16 Southern: Malcolm Miller
Kelly Olynyk should be able to impose his will on Southerns undersized frontcourt thanks to his outstanding skill-set.
Malcolm Miller put up outstanding numbers for Southern University all season and is probably one of the better shooters in college basketball at 6-8. He has a chance to show that his numbers in the SWAC are legit with a respectable showing against Gonzaga.
4:40 pm TNTHP Pavilion (San Jose, CA)5 Oklahoma State:
#5 Marcus Smart
, #43 LeBryan Nash
, Markel Brown
, Michael Cobbins12 Oregon: Arsalan Kazemi
, Tony Woods
, Damyean Dotson
Highly regarded freshman point guard Marcus Smart has his work cut out for him to reach the Sweet 16. Oregon is a difficult matchup already in the first round, and Oklahoma State will need him to show tremendous poise to win his first tournament game.
6:50 pm TBSRupp Arena (Lexington, KY)1 Louisville:
#24 Gorgui Dieng
, #46 Russ Smith
, Peyton Siva
, Wayne Blackshear
, Chane Behanan
, Montrezl Harrell
, Zach Price
, Kevin Ware16 North Carolina A&T
Louisville has the best defense in college basketball, in no small part due to the shot-blocking prowess and smarts of Gorgui Dieng, and the exceptional quickness and relentless toughness of Russ Smith. North Carolina A&Ts guards will surely have their hands full with Louisvilles full-court press.
7:15 pm CBSThe Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)4 Michigan:
#14 Trey Burke
, #20 Glenn Robinson
, #80 Tim Hardaway Jr
, Mitch McGary
, Jordan Morgan13 South Dakota State:
#61 Nate Wolters
, Jordan Dykstra
Michigan versus South Dakota State will likely be one of the most popular first round games for scouts to take in, as it will feature two of the best point guards in college basketballTrey Burke and Nate Woltersgoing head to head. Wolters could really help his draft stock with a strong showing here.
7:20 pm TNTEnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)6 Arizona:
#49 Solomon Hill
, #59 Brandon Ashley
, Kaleb Tarczewski
, Mark Lyons
, Grant Jerrett
, Nick Johnson
, Kevin Parrom
, Gabe York11 Belmont: Kerron Johnson
, Ian Clark
Arizona will have a big advantage inside the paint thanks to their heralded freshman class. Dont be surprised to see them go small here with Solomon Hill at the 4. Hill is a load for any college forward to handle, as he can shoot from outside, put the ball on the floor and is extremely tough and physical inside the paint.
Belmont will need their senior backcourt of Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark to hit shots and make good decisions from the perimeter to have a chance of pulling off the upset.
7:27 pm truTVHP Pavilion (San Jose, CA)5 UNLV:
#6 Anthony Bennett
, #100 Anthony Marshall
, Mike Moser
, Katin Reinhardt
, Khem Birch
, Bryce Dejean-Jones12 California:
#36 Allen Crabbe
, Richard Solomon
, Justin Cobbs
This is a tough matchup for UNLV, essentially on Cals home floor. Anthony Bennett will be the most talented player on the floor, but it will likely come down to UNLVs backcourt of Anthony Marshall, Katin Reinhardt and Bryce Dejean-Jones and whether they can make good decisions and not resort to taking wild shots from the perimeter like they tend to do at times. Scouts will want to see Marshall show strong leadership ability to complement his excellent size, strength and athleticism, as hes considered more of a combo guard than a true point.
Allen Crabbe is one of the best scorers on the West coast, but many scouts question his physical and mental toughness. He has a chance to have a big game here in what will likely be an up-tempo contest if UNLV is able to impose their will.
9:20 pm TBSRupp Arena (Lexington, KY)8 Colorado State:
#90 Colton Iverson
, Daniel Bejarano9 Missouri:
#52 Phil Pressey
, Laurence Bowers
, Alex Oriakhi
, Keion Bell
, Jabari Brown
, Stefan Jankovic
, Negus Webster-Chan
Colton Iverson made quite a statement this past weekend in front of a horde of NBA scouts in Las Vegas with a 24 point, 16 rebound outing against UNLV in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals. He has an opportunity to continue his positive momentum against fellow NBA prospect big man Alex Oriakhi, and then potentially against Gorgui Dieng and Louisville should he advance. Iverson is a true center with the type of size and strength NBA teams often like to fill out their rosters with, and he couldnt have asked for better matchups to kick-start his draft process.
Phil Pressey is one of the most talented passers in college basketball, but his stock has dropped somewhat this season due to his questionable decision making in late-game situations. Missouri flamed out of the NCAA Tournament in the first round last year after an outstanding season, so scouts will like to see him show leadership ability in leading his team at least to the second round this time.
9:45 pm CBSThe Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)5 VCU: Juvonte Reddic
, Briante Weber12 Akron:
#96 Zeke Marshall
Normally wed look forward to the VCU/Akron game as a chance to take a look at what Zeke Marshall can bring to the table against an athletic defender like Juvonte Reddic, but considering Akron lost their starting point guard to a marijuana trafficking charge, how many times Marshall will even touch the ball going up against VCUs Havoc defense becomes a concern.
9:50 pm TNTEnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)3 New Mexico: Tony Snell
, Kendall Williams
, Hugh Greenwood
, Alex Kirk14 Harvard: Siyani Chambers
Tony Snell is an athletic 6-7 wing with excellent perimeter shooting ability. He is eyeing the 2013 draft reportedly, so a strong showing in the NCAA tournament could definitely help him make that a reality.
9:57 pm truTVHP Pavilion (San Jose, CA)4 Syracuse
#15 Michael Carter-Williams
, James Southerland
, Brandon Triche
, C.J. Fair
, Jerami Grant
, Rakeem Christmas
, DaJuan Coleman
, Trevor Cooney13 Montana Will Cherry
Michael Carter-Williams will have to quickly forget his lackluster performance in the second half of the Big East Tournament finals, where he was dominated by Louisvilles backcourt and seemingly folded under the pressure. His first round outing will be no cake-walk going up against the very athletic and defensive minded Will Cherry from Montana, who could very well view this game as a platform to elevate his professional outlook after an injury riddled season.