The NCAA tournament can be a time for the nation's top players to build their draft stock as they prepare to leave their college days behind for the NBA.
It can also, however, do just the opposite.
One game may be all a player gets in the tournament to strut his stuff, and if he can't perform on the biggest stage that the sport has to offer, it could leave a lingering taste of disappointment in the mouths of scouts heading into the NBA draft.
Andre Drummond is projected to be a high lottery pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and while a subpar performance in the tournament isn't likely to change that, it may add a few more question marks to his impending draft stock this summer.
Connecticut's early exit was not what Drummond and the defending national champions were hoping for as they entered this year's tournament as a No. 9 seed.
Drummond, who averaged 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks this season found himself recording just two points and three rebounds in the 13-point loss to the No. 8 Iowa State Cyclones.
The freshman did block four shots throughout the game, but ultimately found himself out of position enough to foul out in just 26 minutes of play.
Despite having a solid senior season with the Missouri Tigers, Kim English is not going to be found on every NBA mock draft.
His scoring of 14.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game was good enough to help his team earn a No. 2 ranking come March Madness, but his two points and 0-of-5 shooting from behind the three-point line are part of the reason they were knocked off early by the Norfolk State Spartans.
English doesn't have the strongest draft stock to begin with, so it will be interesting to see how he can recover from the tournament heading into the NBA draft this summer.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been extremely outplayed by his own teammates throughout the early rounds of the NCAA tournament.
The standout freshman averaged 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in the regular season and is projected as high as a top-five pick in the upcoming NBA draft despite declaring his intention to return to Kentucky next season.
In the tournament, he's yet to hit double-digit scoring and is the only Kentucky starter to have that problem. His rebounds are there, but games with nine points and two points aren't exactly standout performances come March.
The first real challenge for the Wildcats should come in their matchup against the No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers. Although Kentucky lost their only matchup against the Hoosiers this season 73-72, Gilchrist stepped up his game to record 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals, so don't count him out just yet.
Depending on where you look, West Virginia senior Kevin Jones could go anywhere in the NBA draft from the late first round to the mid second.
Elevating his game this season, Jones averaged nearly 20 points and 11 rebounds per game for the Mountaneers.
His tournament performance, however, was far less impressive.
The 6'8", 260-pound forward will leave West Virginia with a sour taste in his mouth following the 23-point loss to the No. 7 Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Only recording 13 points and four rebounds, Jones did not prove to be the presence in the tournament that he had become throughout the season.
Baylor's new tournament uniforms have looked outstanding.
Perry Jones III, however, has not.
The 6'11" sophomore forward entered the NCAA tournament having averaged 19.5 points and 10.3 rebounds during the Baylor Bears run in the Big 12 tournament.
In the two games since, though, Jones has shot the ball poorly, struggled in the paint and has come back down to earth with 7.5 rebounds and an unimpressive 4.5 points per game.
The No. 3 Bears have looked good for the most part, and luckily for Jones, he has at least one more game to become more assertive and make a better name for himself entering next season's NBA draft.