There's been a lot to digest after two rounds of March Madness. While some NBA prospects won't be moving on, there's a lot of future Draft prospects that are making a big name for themselves so far this tournament. On the other hand, there's also some that are leaving us wanting more. Let's review some names to pay attention to moving forward.
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BRANDON CLARKE (GONZAGA)
- One of the favorites here at Backcourt Violation, Draft & NBA Fanatics are FINALLY starting to pay respect to the Gonzaga big man. Clarke is a fantastic athlete and one of the elite shot blockers in College Basketball this year. Showcasing fantastic footwork for a big, Clarke has the potential to be a great weapon in small-ball lineups as well as a forward who can stretch defenses from outside. His stock should soar with a deep tournament run.
ADMIRAL SCHOFIELD & GRANT WILLIAMS (TENNESSEE)
- The Tennessee combo has been solid all year long, but they are finally starting to get some national respect during the tournament run. Schofield and Williams have been thought of as late first round/early second round prospects throughout the year. It's the curse of being a "veteran" in the college ranks. But with another couple of games under their belts, I wouldn't be surprised to see them both end up as first-round picks. Williams and Schofield might have limited potential when it comes to long-term development in the NBA, but they both demonstrate high IQ and big shot making ability. Playoff teams picking at the end of the first round should jump on the opportunity to add one of these players to their teams.
COBY WHITE( NORTH CAROLINA)
- White has been skyrocketing throughout the season with his stellar scoring ability and vision as a ball handler. His play has continued to impress evaluators game by game and he's starting to enter the conversation as a potential late lottery pick. A deep tourney run by the Tar Heels can solidify that for Coby.
NASSIR LITTLE (NORTH CAROLINA)
- NBA Evaluators have been disappointed this year at how Nassir Little has struggled to adapt to the College Basketball game. Some argue it's Little's overall fit at North Carolina, but he showed brilliant flashes during North Carolina's most recent game against Washington. Little has an NBA ready body and he has the ability to be a lockdown defender at the next level. Some have questioned whether Little should stay another year to further develop his offensive versatility, but I think Little should go. A team in the late lottery has the potential to get a steal in Little, whose potential is through the roof. (See what we did there?)
JARRETT CULVER (TEXAS TECH)
- Culver has been nothing short of spectacular all year for the Red Raiders. His game this year has him slotted for the top 10, maybe even potentially top 5. Jarrett has been great so far in his first two games of the tournament and looks to be a problem for opposing defenses. He's lengthy with great size for a wing and looks to have the frame to add plenty. Culver is best when getting downhill towards the rim, and defenders are having difficulties stopping him. If he continues to dominate as the competition gets tougher in the tournament, he could find himself as a guaranteed top 5 selection.
KENNY WOOTEN (OREGON)
- You might find yourselves shocked to find Wooten on this list, but let me clear something up first...It's not for the 2019 Draft. Wooten will definitely have evaluators circling his name for the future drafts. He's one of the most athletic players I've seen in College Basketball players this year, and that's saying a lot especially when you consider he's 6'9. Kenny will need another year to further develop his offensive game, but his shot blocking ability is ridiculous. In the last tournament game against UC Irvine, Wooten ended up with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks.
NAZ REID (LSU)
- It's been an up and down year for the highly touted recruit but Naz Reid is starting to show some promise in LSU's tourney run. Reid is an interesting prospect because of his overall size and his ability on the offensive side of the ball. It's been rumored that Reid lost close to 30 pounds while at LSU for his Freshman season. Reid is a bit of a wildcard. He's had plenty of games this year where he's disappeared but his overall skill set is rare. If LSU can go deeper into this tournament, it's only going to help Naz. He's the player that can gain the most from his team's tournament success.
TREMONT WATERS (LSU)
- Waters is one of the top ball handlers across the nation that people aren't giving enough attention to. One of the leaders across the NCAA in steals per game, Waters might not have great size but he possesses a great feel for the game and is feisty on both sides of the ball. He's sure to end up on some teams radar.
CARSEN EDWARDS (PURDUE)
- After putting up a 40+ point performance in the teams last game, it seems as if the basketball world is finally noticing the offensive firepower that Carsen Edwards has. The Purdue point guard is a stocky 6'1 200 pounds but can score from just about anywhere. Edwards was projected as a late first/early second round pick, but with another couple of big games, you might hear his stock climbing.
MFIONDU KABENGELE (FLORIDA STATE)
- The nephew of NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, Mfiondu Kabengele has opened some eyes during the NCAA tournament with his rebounding ability and explosiveness. In both of Florida State's tournament games, Mfiondu has had more than 20 points per game and is also making a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball. The Sophomore has great size at 6'10 250 pounds and looks to be an intriguing prospect to monitor for the 2020 NBA Draft.
ON THE WAY DOWN
CAM REDDISH (DUKE)
- In a bit of a weird development throughout the year, Reddish just can't seem to get going when the other two Duke stars play. Reddish has disappeared in too many games and his scoring output isn't at a consistent basis. Something that teams picking early in June will need to seriously consider. Does Reddish demand touches in order to be successful? Or can he learn to be effective in another way? Serious questions that evaluators will try to answer before June.
FLETCHER MAGEE (WOFFORD)
- After an explosive debut to the tournament, a lot of people wondered why Fletcher Magee wasn't in the Draft conversation for his scoring ability. That was quickly put to bed after his 0/13 performance from outside against Kentucky. It was even described that Magee has struggled the entire year against contested defenses. Not exactly the best thing to struggle against when it comes to trying to play against more elite talent.
TALEN HORTON-TUCKER (IOWA STATE)
- It was a bit of a strange development as Talen Horton-Tucker received minimal playing time in Iowa State's loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament. THT has been a big factor of the team's success when the Cyclones are clicking on all cylinders. Scouts will surely have enough to look at when it comes to Horton-Tucker potentially declaring for the 2019 Draft, but some might wonder if this lackluster performance is enough to make Horton-Tucker return for another year at Iowa State.