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NCAA Tournament 2011: The 5 Most Underrated NBA Prospects of the Sweet 16
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The NCAA tournament is the last chance for many players to show what they've got and how they fit in the context of a team. Of course there are individual workouts and pre-draft camps, but a good performance down the stretch in the NCAA tournament can set a player apart from the rest. Leading a team deep into March can really help a prospect improve his draft stock.

The more games you play, the more scouts will get a chance to see you in the spotlight. And the more they see a certain player, the more fresh they will be in their mind come draft time.

We all know about Jared Sullinger and Kyrie Irving, both of whom have locked down top t10 spots. While these guys may be the obvious future stars, the key to building a championship-caliber team is not always in the top 10.

Many times the key is making great picks further down in the draft. Whether you're drafting your team's next leading scorer or a key sixth man, making the right pick late in the first round or picking up the next Manu Ginobili in the second round can have a huge impact on a team. Here are some guys from the Sweet 16 who could be considered hidden gems come draft day. 

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