2K Sports Classic 2013: Top NBA Draft Prospects to Watch in Championship Rounds

David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 17, 2013

Nov 8, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Noah Vonleh (1) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Chicago State Cougars at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Championship-round matchups at Madison Square Garden are set for the 2013 2K Sports Classic—and they're littered with NBA draft prospects.

Here is a schedule of the final showdowns, according to the Gazelle Group, along with the four most promising players in next year's class.

2K Sports Classic Championship Schedule
DateTeamTeamTime (ET)TV
Nov. 21ConnecticutBoston College7 p.m.ESPN2
Nov. 21IndianaWashingtonTBDESPN2
Nov. 22ConsolationGame5 p.m.ESPNU
Nov. 22ChampionshipGameTBDESPN2
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4. SG Olivier Hanlan, Boston College

ESPN ranked Hanlan just the 23rd-best player at his position in the entire 2012 recruiting class. He greatly exceeded expectations, scoring 15.4 points per game last season and earning ACC Freshman of the Year honors.

In one contest, he even scored an ACC freshman record 41 points in a single game—a career high that he nearly matched with a 38-point effort against Florida Atlantic on Sunday. Hanlan is averaging 24.5 points per game through four this year.


3. PG Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

The explosive 6'0", 170-pound Napier is undersized, but possesses the athleticism and skill set to earn a roster spot at the next level.

As a junior, he scored in bunches, averaging 17.1 points per game for the Huskies. This season, Napier has started with incredible efficiency. He's converted seven of eight three-point field-goal attempts while averaging 7.8 assists and 9.5 rebounds per game through four.


2. SG C.J. Wilcox, Washington

Wilcox will be 23 years old by the time that draft day rolls around. He won't be highly sought-after by rebuilding teams due to his age, but he will be by ballclubs ready to win now.

Wilcox is a top-notch defender and an emerging offensive talent. He's averaging 20.3 points along with 6.3 boards and 3.0 assists for the Huskies this season.


1. PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana

ESPN rated Vonleh the 13th-best prospect in the 2013 recruiting class.

It didn't take long for the 6'10", 240-pound 18-year-old big to successfully transition to the college level. In four appearances for the Hoosiers this season, he's averaging 14.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

ESPN's Chad Ford went as far as to say that Vonleh has the potential to creep into the top 10 players selected in next year's draft.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.