NBA Mock Draft 2011: Picking the Top 10 From NCAA Tournament Teams

Jim MancariCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2011

NBA Mock Draft 2011: Picking the Top 10 From NCAA Tournament Teams

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    Each year, the NCAA Tournament produces a handful of talented players that will look to make an immediate impact in the NBA.

    This year is no different, as several players have begun establishing themselves as top-10 picks.

    I have compiled a mock top 10 NBA Draft, but have included only players that have played or are still playing in the this year's tournament.

    International players and non-tournament participants were not included.

    Here are the possible top-10 picks among NCAA Tournament players.

10. Kemba Walker, Connecticut

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    Kemba Walker has made clutch shot after clutch shot this season for the Huskies.

    He can score in bunches, which has led him to gain the attention of NBA teams.

    Though he might be considered undersized for an NBA guard, his ability to score should make him a first-round pick.

    A few more clutch games from Walker can propel his status upwards.

9. Tristan Thompson, Texas

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    The Longhorns' big freshman Tristan Thompson has been on NBA radar since he first suited up in Texas.

    The forward is a double-double machine and can be a presence in the paint for an NBA team.

    Though he may be considered inexperienced, Thompson could be a good first-round gamble.

    With some refinement, Thompson can become a dominant NBA big man.

8. Brandon Knight, Kentucky

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    Another freshman, Brandon Knight, has made an instant impact on college basketball, which has allowed NBA teams to take notice.

    Knight put up big numbers for the Wildcats this season and will look to continue producing in the Sweet 16.

    Knight averaged 17.4 points this season.

    He should be another first-round gamble.

7. Marcus Morris, Kansas

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    Marcus Morris had a big year for Kansas.

    Teamed up with his twin brother Markieff, Marcus led the Jayhawks with 17.3 points per game. He also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game.

    He's become one of the most dominant big men in the country and will look to put up a few more big games in the tournament to increase his draft stock.

6. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State

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    Kawhi Leonard was one of the main reasons for San Diego State's 30 plus win season.

    Leonard led the Aztecs in both points and rebounds, averaging 15.6 and 10.6, respectively.

    The 6'7" sophomore forward has good size and athleticism, as displayed by some of his monster dunks throughout the year.

    His rise to fame should cause a team to take an early chance on him.

5. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

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    Though Jared Sullinger is just a freshman, he played like he had tons of NCAA experience.

    He led the Buckeyes in points with 17.2 per game and rebounds with 10.1 per game.

    He uses his 6'9", 280 pound frame to create havoc in the paint.

    Sullinger will likely be a top-10 pick by an NBA team looking for a bruiser down low.

4. Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young

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    Jimmer Fredette led the nation in scoring with 28.8 points per game.

    His 40.6 percent three-point percentage aided in his scoring prowess.

    Fredette can provide instant offense for an NBA team. He goes on scoring streaks in which he becomes unstoppable.

    There will likely be a team willing to bet that Fredette continue his shooting stroke at the next level.

3. Kyrie Irving, Duke

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    Duke freshman Kyrie Irving only played in the first eight games this season and missed 4.5 months due to injury.

    However, in those eight games, Irving averaged 16.4 points and shot at a 45.7 percent clip from beyond the arch.

    Irving returned to the first two games of the NCAA Tournament and has been productive. He's scored 25 points in just 41 minutes.

    Despite his limited playing sample, Irving has the talent to contribute immediately in the NBA.

2. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

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    Harrison Barnes led the Tar Heels with 15.0 points per game in his freshman season.

    He has been on a hot streak to start the NCAA Tournament, which will further allow NBA scouts to realize his talent.

    He scored 24 and 22 points, respectively, in North Carolina's first two games.

    A few more strong games from Barnes and he can become a top-five pick.

1. Derrick Williams, Arizona

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    Derrick Williams distinguished himself as one of the top players in the country after averaging 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

    He is arguably the most well-rounded player in the draft.

    In addition to his inside scoring ability, Williams posted a 58.1 three-point shooting percentage, hitting 36-of-62 attempts.

    He is poised to make an immediate impact in the NBA and seems like the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick.