NCAA Tournament Elite Eight NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide: Saturday

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide: Saturday
Mar 28, 2015, 01:02 am
When do the top college prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft take the floor on Saturday for the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament? What will NBA scouts be looking for when they do?
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6:09 PM (2) Arizona vs (1) Wisconsin TBS
#2 Arizona #7 Stanley Johnson, #24 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, #69 Kaleb Tarczewski, #82 T.J. McConnell, #100 Brandon Ashley, Dusan Ristic
#1 Wisconsin #10 Frank Kaminsky, #21 Sam Dekker, #26 Nigel Hayes

The highly anticipated rematch of last year's Elite Eight overtime classic in Anaheim is on, with mostly the same characters. Again the question for Arizona becomes who how to guard Frank Kaminsky, who absolutely destroyed Kaleb Tarczewski and Aaron Gordon last time around. Tarczewski is likely to be on the floor for 30+ minutes like he was against Xavier, which means he'll likely be the one tasked with chasing him out to the perimeter and trying to contain his tremendous skill-level and footwork inside the paint.

Sam Dekker is riding high coming off a career-high 23 point performance against North Carolina, and he'll likely see a lot of future lottery pick Stanley Johnson in this one, which will please scouts greatly. Dekker was banged up for most of the season with an ankle injury and is finally starting to look like the star many projected he'd develop into in the preseason. He's playing with a lot more freedom and confidence, which has allowed him to show off his excellent athleticism for a 6-9 small forward. His defense has been tremendous as well.

8:49 PM (3) Notre Dame vs (1) Kentucky TBS
#3 Notre Dame #15 Jerian Grant, #25 Demetrius Jackson, Pat Connaughton, Zach Auguste
#1 Kentucky #2 Karl Towns, #5 Willie Cauley-Stein, #16 Devin Booker, #18 Trey Lyles, #41 Dakari Johnson, #62 Andrew Harrison, #89 Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Aaron Harrison

Kentucky's defense has obliterated everyone in sight this season, and there are real question marks regarding whether Notre Dame has the size inside to match up with the giants all across their front line. Notre Dame's NBA-bound backcourt of Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson will have to be really smart about knowing when to speed up and when to slow the game, as their defense cannot afford to face too many possessions against Kentucky's size, but they'll have to shoot the ball well from outside as well if they are to have any chance of keeping this game close.

It will be very interesting to see how Grant and Jackson are able to navigate their way around Kentucky's defense on the pick and roll, and whether they are able to do any damage inside the paint. Andrew Harrison should be able to continue to help himself with another strong performance here.

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