NBA Draft 2011: What Players Need Big NCAA Tournaments To Improve Draft Status

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NBA Draft 2011: What Players Need Big NCAA Tournaments To Improve Draft Status
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They say that timing is everything.  So, if you’re playing in the NCAA tournament this month and have visions of continuing your career at the next level, then bringing your A game to the big stage is paramount, regardless of whether the NBA collective bargaining agreement is renewed or not.

A host of talented players are eager to show the scouts they have what it takes to be taken in the draft this summer.  There are a number of collegiate stars who have had inconsistent seasons, so now is the time for them to take it the next level.

The pressure is on these players to win and perform well.  Some, like 6’10”, 250 pound center Aaric Murray of LaSalle and Jimmer Fredette of BYU, are considered locks for the first round of the draft.

But even Fredette, the nation's leading scorer, and other legitimate NBA prospects can improve their standing with outstanding play at the Big Dance.

The prospect of an owner's lockout that may jeopardize the 2011-12 NBA season should not deter seniors and underclassmen who are considering coming out early, but it could have a psychological effect as they take to the hardwood this week in the opening rounds of the tournament.

There's a lot riding on these next couple of weeks for a number of outstanding college players. 

Here, then, are 10 bona fide future draft picks who stand to move up the draft ladder if they take advantage and play up and over their potential come tournament time.

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