Kentucky vs. Kansas: How Title Game Impacted Prospects' NBA Draft Stock

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Kentucky vs. Kansas: How Title Game Impacted Prospects' NBA Draft Stock
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Plenty of NBA prospects showcased their skills in the NCAA national championship game on Monday, including some potential lottery picks.

Some prospects—such as Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson—were already potential top-three picks, so their performances didn't mean as much.

But there were other prospects who had a shot at significantly altering their draft stock on the big stage.

Here's a look at some of the biggest risers and fallers after the national championship game.

 

5. Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

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There were murmurings that Marquis Teague may be a late first-round pick if he declared for the draft, based on his upside alone.

But Teague showed in the national championship game that he still has a ways to go before being a legit first-rounder. He shot 5-of-14 and had only three assists against Kansas.

He's improved tremendously since the start of the season, but he still needs some work and should stay for another year at Kentucky.

 

4. Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas

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You may look at Tyshawn Taylor's 19 points against Kentucky and say he elevated his draft stock.

But we always knew Taylor was a talented scorer. What causes concern is that he still is prone to turning the ball over and sometimes doesn't play within the game. Those aren't great attributes for a point guard.

With his five turnovers against Kentucky and a couple of boneheaded passes in the final minutes, Taylor has actually seen his draft stock fall. I'd be shocked if he made it into the first round.

 

3. Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky

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Terrence Jones is not only a legit first-rounder; I think he's a legit lottery pick.

He won't blow you away in any one category, but he contributes in all of them. That includes scoring, rebounding, defense and passing.

In the NCAA tournament, Jones averaged 11.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.6 blocks. Again, the numbers themselves don't impress, but his skill set across the board makes him a much more valuable player than his numbers would indicate.

There are still concerns about Jones' consistency in some circles, but I didn't see it in the NCAA tournament.

 

2. Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky

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Doron Lamb's strength and lack of size have made him a questionable NBA prospect to some, but the fact of the matter is, he can flat-out shoot the basketball.

He scored a team-high 22 points in the national championship game, going 7-of-12 from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown.

He's a smooth athlete with a silky-smooth jumper, and he has the wing span to make up for his lack of size. I'm starting to think the Chicago Bulls wouldn't mind him in the late first round.

 

1. Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

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Jeff Withey may have shot 2-of-8 from the field, but that's not why you draft him. You draft him because he proved in the NCAA tournament that he was one of the premier low-post defenders and shot-blockers in college basketball.

Withey had an astounding 31 blocks in six NCAA tournament games, including four swats against Anthony Davis and Co. in the national championship game.

Beyond that, he's proven he's a good rebounder and has undeniable heart.

Withey said he was returning to Kansas for his senior season after the title game, but I could see him landing in the early second round if he declared for the draft this year.

 

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