For college players looking for one last chance to earn a juicy NBA paycheck next season, the NCAA tournament has been a saving grace for years.
Each year, some team goes on a surprisingly deep tournament run because their star player steps their game up to the next level.
NBA scouts overreact to those players' NCAA performances, throw buzz words like "potential" and "athleticism" around, and those kids get drafted higher than anyone would have expected before March. (See: Mike Conley in 2007, Joe Alexander in 2008, Stephen Curry in 2009.)
Now that Selection Sunday has passed and the 2010 NCAA tournament bracket is set, it's time for this year's crop of college stars to dream of leading their team to the "One Shining Moment" and playing their way into top-10 lottery picks.
But the NBA scouts will be scouring NBA prospects these next few weeks, looking to dissect their games and pick apart their flaws. For some of the players on NBA scouts' radars, a shorter-than-expected NCAA tournament run could be the difference between being a lottery pick or an early second-rounder.
Some guys like John Wall and Evan Turner are locks to be lottery picks; you won't find their names on this list.
Instead, these players' draft stocks have fluctuated throughout their college careers, but all 10 of them could play their way into the lottery with a sensational tournament run.
Here's your chance to check out 10 of the guys who will be looking to make a name for themselves and play their way into the NBA Draft lottery in this year's NCAA tournament.