Today’s 32-game NCAA tournament schedule will draw plenty of eyes from fans and NBA personnel alike, even if the connection between college postseason success and NBA riches isn’t all that strong. Still, it serves as a gateway into the buildup for June’s draft, and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress outlines today’s games from a prospect-focused perspective. We’ll share more draft-related items here as the action heats up:
- Knicks president Phil Jackson made it obvious that he’s high on Ohio State combo guard D’Angelo Russell, drawing a fine for complimenting the underclassman’s game, and Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal examines how Russell would fit on the Knicks. There’s a potential for a fit there, but he’s not the typical sort of player Jackson’s teams have had to run their offenses, and his lack of defensive skill would force the team to prioritize stoppers in free agency, Herring opines.
- Russell, Jerian Grant, Myles Turner, Devin Booker and R.J. Hunter are the five prospects an SI.com panel of writers believes have the most on the line during the NCAA Tournament.
- Hunter, a Georgia State shooting guard, leads a pack of mid-major prospects who have a chance for rare high-profile showcases in the tournament, as Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com examine in an Insider-only piece. Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey and Kyle Collingsworth of BYU are others who appear in line to be drafted, according to Ford and Pelton.