One or two games will not derail a prospect's career, but the NCAA tournament is a great time to see how potential stars do on a big stage. Unfortunately, many struggled in this opportunity.
While teams full of talented four-year players like Wichita State continued to succeed, a bunch of one-and-done freshmen were knocked out of March Madness in the early rounds. In a few cases, the performances should raise a red flag about the young players.
Some stars, like Trey Burke, raised their profile over the past few weeks, but these men should be on the decline after poor showings in the NCAA tournament.
Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
In the opening game of March Madness, Oklahoma State got a tough draw against an underrated No. 12 seed Oregon. Still, the Cowboys did not look like a No. 5 seed in the 68-55 loss.
Much of that was due to the inefficient play of Marcus Smart. The freshman point guard had 14 points, nine rebounds and five steals, but he made only five of his 13 shots and turned it over five times.
Smart is a great athlete and has the confidence to be successful at the next level. However, his shooting and decision-making should be a concern for NBA teams. He also went 6-for-17 from the floor in the previous loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament.
While he is still young, he has lot to learn before he can be successful in the NBA.
Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
Like Smart, Shabazz Muhammad suffered from a lack of efficiency despite his box score suggesting otherwise. The UCLA wing finished with 20 points, but it was on 6-of-18 from the field.
To make matters worse, he missed all six of shots from behind the arc.
He finished the year missing his last 10 three-point attempts, and only hit three of his last 23 attempts on the year. While every player goes through cold streaks, this extended run should be a concern.
In addition, his struggles were against athletic teams who play good man-to-man defense like Minnesota. In the NBA, every team fits this description.
Muhammad was a great scorer throughout his college career, but he has failed to deliver against defensively efficient teams. This does not sound like a Top Five draft pick.
James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina
Few players have hurt their draft stock more during the season than James Michael McAdoo. After playing sparingly last season, the power forward entered the year as a potential top-five draft pick.
Unfortunately, questions about his ability on both ends of the court have likely moved him out of the lottery.
North Carolina's round of 32 loss to Kansas might have been one of his worst overall performances. While facing an NBA caliber center in Jeff Withey, McAdoo went only 5-of-19 from the floor for 11 points.
He was unable to help his team during a dismal second half that saw the Tar Heels blow a nine-point halftime lead.
McAdoo struggled all year long against taller opponents, and this game was a prime example. He will not be able to succeed at the next level where everyone he faces has a big frontcourt.
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