Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast, 6-4, Guard, Senior
The face of Dunk City, Brown’s personality, charisma and athleticism on college basketball’s biggest stage put him on to the map like he never could have imagined. If the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles don’t win the Atlantic Sun conference tournament, is Brown even getting invited to the NBA Combine?
Trey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, Guard, Sophomore
Before the Tournament, many draft experts were projecting Burke to be selected anywhere between 12-20 in this 2013 NBA Draft. But after an incredible performance in the Championship game, despite sitting half of the first half, Burke is now being projected as a potential top-five pick and a definite top-10 selection. He displayed his tremendous upper-body strength and tough driving ability and could have some great value in the L.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6-6, Guard, Sophomore
On paper, a 6-6 point guard already seems enticing to NBA teams, but MCW’s defensive motor and unselfishness that he showed during the Tourney was downright impressive. The head of the famous Syracuse zone, Carter-Williams thrived, averaging 3.67 steals per game in the Orange’s final three games. He still has to improve his jump shot, but what NBA team doesn’t want a lanky point guard who loves to dish the rock and dig in on D?
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6-11, Center, Junior
Outside of Louisville’s Final Four victory over Wichita State, Dieng answered a lot of questions about his offensive game in the Tournament. He rebounds exceptionally well and he’s a lethal shot blocker. Both of those skills will immediately translate to the NBA. And, the 17-foot jumper he displayed in the Championship game may have impressed some scouts as well.
Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6-4, Guard, Freshman
Harris probably won’t even come out of college and enter this Draft, yet multiple mock drafts are projecting him to be a lottery pick. After living in Keith Appling’s shadow all season long, Harris erupted in the Tourney and is now being considered the best guard on Tom Izzo’s roster. Harris scored 23 points on 6-9 shooting in the third round against Memphis.
Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6-10, Forward-Center, Freshman
McGary morphed from a role player into a star overnight during this year’s Tournament. Averaging just 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the season, McGary became a walking double-double and a nightly 20-10 threat. In a span of mere hours, the big man also turned into a sure-fire lottery pick instead of a guy who was a guarantee to return to school for his sophomore season. He’s also earned a pretty solid rep as the Rob Gronkowski of basketball.
Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6-10, Forward-Center, Junior
Harris’ teammate, Payne, was most likely considered a second rounder entering the NCAA Tournament. But, two games of 14-10 against big, athletic frontcourts have Payne skyrocketing up draft boards. Everyone knew he could rebound and block shots, but his ability to stretch the floor with his smooth jumper has many across the nation gushing over his talent. He now could be a late first-round pick.
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6-6, Forward, Freshman
Robinson struggled down the stretch of the regular season for the Wolverines. As John Beilein’s team’s X-factor, Robinson disappeared in many of Michigan’s big games this year. But, in the Tournament, the freshman delivered. Playing out of position—he’s really a small forward—GRIII showed his ability to knock down Js, rebound and his incredible athleticism in some major spots. He’ll most likely be taken just outside the lottery.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, 6-0, Guard, Senior
Let’s face it, Siva is 6-0 in high heels, but the National Champion really comes to play. There is always value for someone who commits whole-heartedly to defense and has a high motor. And as Siva showed in the Championship game, he has the leaping ability to get to the rim and finish. Rick Pitino has constantly praised Siva as one of the greatest people he has ever coached. So, on top of his excellent play in the Tourney, you know Siva will wow execs in interviews, too.
Khalif Wyatt, Temple, 6-4, Guard, Senior
Similar to Brown at FGCU, Wyatt most likely never would have been considered a legitimate NBA prospect without tremendous play in the Tourney. While he doesn’t have jaw-dropping quickness and athleticism, Wyatt just has a knack for scoring the ball. He averaged 31.0 points per in Temple’s two March Madness games. In an age where bench scoring is so important in the NBA, Wyatt might just be the next star of the JR Smith, Jamal Crawford, Lou Williams, Jason Terry role player group.