NBA Draft 2012: Players Who Improved Draft Stock in Week One of NCAA Tournament

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IMarch 19, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16:  Kyle O'Quinn #10 of the Norfolk State Spartans drives in the seocn dhalf against the Missouri Tigers during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 16, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The second and third rounds of the 2012 NCAA Tournament provided plenty of upsets and fireworks.

It also included a number of players who had great weekends and immensely improved their 2012 NBA Draft stock.

Some of them burst on to the scene and made a name for themselves, while others just improved an already solid draft resume.

Let's take a look at three players who have improved their draft stock so far during March Madness.

 

 

Kyle O'Quinn, C, Norfolk State

O'Quinn burst onto the scene in Norfolk State's huge upset of Missouri in the second round of the tournament.

He posted 26 points and 14 rebounds against the Tigers and is averaging a double-double for the season.

He's a 6'10" center with a decent mid-range jump shot that he pulled out early and often against Mizzou.

If he can prove he can crash the boards effectively in the NBA, he'll have a spot in the league for a long time.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17:  Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange drives in the second half against Will Spradling #55 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2
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Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse

When Syracuse lost Fab Melo for the tournament due to eligibility issues, the Orange were written off by many people.

They still have a long way to go before they reach their expectations, but Waiters has been playing great for the Orange.

He scored 18 points in a big win over Kansas State on Saturday and hasn't missed a free throw yet this tournament.

If he can keep up his strong play, he won't only lead Syracuse to the Final Four, he'll improve to a top-15 pick in the NBA draft.

 

 

Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue

Hummel did everything he could possibly do to help the Boilermakers upset Kansas, but the team came up just short.

It'll be small consolation, but he probably secured a spot in the second round of the NBA draft with his outstanding 26-point, nine-rebound effort against the Jayhawks.

If he can stay healthy in the NBA, he could turn into a very effective small forward in the league.

He's a pure shooter, and there's always room in the NBA for guys with Hummel's size and skill set.