NCAA Bracket 2011: 6 Best NBA Draft Prospects in March Madness
It's every young kid's aspiration to become a professional athlete in any sport. Whether it's baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis or another sport, it's safe to say when we were all toddlers and preteens, we all wanted to be like Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr. or Wayne Gretzky.
Now for most of the "kids" that are participating in March Madness, their dreams can become a reality.
It can also hurt them as well. If a player fails to advance his team deeper into the tourney, his stock may fall. Right now, for some players, their careers and futures lie in the hands of the NCAA tournament.
Every year we go through this. We check out players just like we check out meat at the butcher shop and see which ones are the best. But who will be the No. 1 overall pick in the next NBA draft?
Here it is—in no particular order, seven players who we'll see in the NBA next season.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
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His stock can really skyrocket if he brings his team to the Final Four and ultimately the championship game. A victory in the last dance will have him high on any team's list for the draft.
Sullinger is a versatile player who can make an immediate impact on many of the struggling teams in the NBA (such as the Cleveland Cavaliers).
Let's just hope that he doesn't follow in the footsteps of former Buckeye Greg Oden and miss out on his first season due to injury.
Kemba Walker, UConn
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A talented point guard who loves to shoot the ball as well.
Walker has improved since last year and has been smarter when having control of the ball. His shot percentage was a impressive 53 percent from the field.
Kyle Singler, Duke
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If you're not a fan of Duke, then you're probably not a fan of Kyle Singler.
Regardless, he's a solid basketball player. His shot from just in front of the arc can make him a pure shooter for any NBA team.
Harrison Barnes, UNC
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A kid with the wingspan similar to that of Rajon Rondo or Tayshaun Prince.
Barnes is everything that a basketball player is meant to be: smart, athletic, poised and skilled. Another predicted No. 1 overall pick for the NBA draft.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky
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Seeing a pattern here?
Most, if not all, of the players on this list can be described as all-around players—that's what some NBA coaches and owners are looking for. Jones is just that.
Although he might not have one every game, Jones has averaged a double-double over the course of this season.
Derrick Williams, Arizona
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His numbers can speak for how good he actually is: 61.5 percent from the field and 60.3 percent from long-range along with just under 20 points per game.
If he helps out Arizona in the tourney, we may be seeing Williams' name being called for one of the top 10 picks.