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Draft Notes: Moreland, Point Guards, McDermott

The talk of the NCAA Tournament so far has been No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast, one of 16 teams to survive the opening weekend of March Madness. While the Eagles don't have a legit draft prospect on their roster, plenty of potential lottery picks are still alive in the tournament, including Ben McLemore of Kansas, Trey Burke of Michigan, and Indiana's Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. As we wait to see if those guys or others can improve their NBA stock in the next round, let's round up a few draft items….

  • As I noted this morning, Oregon State forward Eric Moreland has filed paperwork to become eligible for this year's draft. The sophomore told John Hunt of the Oregonian that he's "testing the waters," so he could still withdraw his name and return to school for his junior year.
  • Although conventional wisdom suggests we shouldn't put much stock into March Madness results, Peter Keating of (Insider-only link) writes that at least one study suggests that the NCAA tournament is a "meaningful simulation of NBA conditions."
  • TNT's David Aldridge takes a look at this year's class of point guards, which he expects to feature plenty of solid future pros, despite a lack of starpower.
  • In his latest draft piece, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News speaks to Harrison Barnes about the draft prospects of Creighton's Doug McDermott, who played high school ball with Barnes.
  • Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops makes his picks for the players who helped and hurt their draft prospects during the first four days of the NCAA Tournament.

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