NCAA Tournament 2013: Prospects Who Have Hurt Draft Stock
With the Round of 32 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament well under way, there have been a number of players who have opened the eyes of scouts around the NBA with their play on college basketball's biggest stage.
Unfortunately, at the same time, for every player that shoots up each NBA team's rankings during March Madness, there are just as many who fall, or at least fail to rise as a result of disappointing or unspectacular performances.
Heading into the Sweet 16, here's a look at some of the players who have seen their stocks fall as a result of underwhelming showings.
Ryan Evans, Wisconsin
Heading into the Big Dance, No. 5 Wisconsin had to have thought it had a good enough team to make it to at least the Sweet 16, given its relatively tight defense and its trio of double-digit scorers in Ryan Evans, Ben Brust and Jared Berggren.
For Evans, who was considered a fringe second-rounder at best prior to the Badgers' Round of 64 tilt against Ole Miss, this was a big change for him to make a statement on the scoreboard and the glass with the basketball world watching.
Unfortunately, Evans managed just five points on 2-of-8 shooting during the Badgers' stunning loss to the Rebels, and though he did pull down seven boards, it won't be enough to catapult him into draft contention.
However, he'll still likely get free agent looks once the top 60 are off the market.
Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State
Following a strong regular season with the Cowboys, Le'Bryan Nash figured to be a late first or early second rounder, as the sophomore forward averaged 14 points and four boards a game.
But like many of his teammates, including projected lottery pick Marcus Smart, Nash came up short when the chips were down, contributing just 10 points and three rebounds in the Cowboys' 68-55 blowout loss to No. 12 seed Oregon.
Though he may still elect to declare following this season, if he decides to return to Oklahoma St., a strong season could make the 6'7" Texas native a potential first-round pick.
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
While much of the talk surrounding UCLA's 2012-13 campaign has centered upon another star freshman on this Bruins team, Kyle Anderson has quietly made a strong case for himself to be taken by the time the curtain drops on the 2013 NBA draft.
According to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman, Anderson was projected as a late selection in Round 2, but after a lackluster showing by the 6'9" shooting forward, he'd be best suited to wait another year before declaring.
In the No. 6 Bruins' shocking 20-point loss to No. 11 Minnesota, Anderson grabbed 11 rebounds, but managed a paltry six points on 2-of-11 shooting.
He's no longer anywhere close to a lock for being taken in the draft, so Anderson would be well advised to return to UCLA for another season, during which he can build a strong case for first-round consideration.
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