NBA Draft 2012: 5 Prospects with Most to Gain During Final Four Weekend

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2014

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Syracuse Orange during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final at TD Garden on March 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The heavily anticipated Final Four is set to get underway this weekend, and there are some great matchups on tap.

With Ohio State taking on Kansas and Louisville squaring up against Kentucky, there should be plenty of memorable moments, as two teams look to move onto the championship round.

Here are five draft prospects who could really help themselves with strong efforts.


Jared Sullinger, PF Ohio State

Sullinger's draft stock may have been impacted by his decision to stay in school last season, but he could rise up the ranks once again with a big performance against Kansas.

In a matchup against top draft prospect Thomas Robinson, Sullinger can make a big impression on scouts if he has a successful performance against the Kansas big man.

He's averaged 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over his last two games in the tournament, and he's going to need another game with those numbers to elevate his standing.


William Buford, SG Ohio State

Buford isn't projected to be a first-round pick, but that doesn't mean he can't help himself with a strong showing in the Final Four.

The shooting guard played a whopping 40 minutes against Syracuse, but he's really struggled with his shot immensely.

He does a good job rebounding for someone of his size, but he's got to do a better job of converting at an efficient rate to move up the draft board.


Tyshawn Taylor, G Kansas

Taylor is projected to be a late second-round draft selection, but an interested team could gamble on him before that if he enjoys a solid game against Ohio State.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats calls a play against the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Gett
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He had a really strong game against UNC after a forgettable one against North Carolina State, but consistency has been something that has plagued Taylor throughout the season.

Another big scoring night could really open some eyes, but it'll take more than two straight games to quell concerns that he'll find success at the next level.


Marquis Teague, PG Kentucky

Teague has a chance to move up into the middle of the first round, but he'll have to deliver an emphatic performance in order to make it happen.

After two solid games against Iowa State and Indiana, Teague really struggled against Baylor last round.

Kentucky is talented enough to overcome Teague's bad games, but the point guard has got to prove that he's ready for the level of competition he'll face in the NBA.


Doron Lamb, SG Kentucky

Not everyone is sold on Lamb being a first-round pick, but he's been playing very well thus far and is looking to keep it going.

He's had double-digit scoring performances in every game in the tournament thus far, and he should once again be able to find the bottom of the net against Louisville.

If Lamb can show off his stroke from downtown and prove that he can stretch the floor, Lamb's name is going to come up a lot more in draft circles as a consensus first-rounder.