NBA scouts are projected to get a long look at all the prospects on undefeated Kentucky during the NCAA tournament. But the list of top NBA prospects playing in March Madness doesn't end with the Wildcats.
"The guys projected at the top of the draft, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell, are really good," one NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "There are also a lot of good point guards in this class. Overall, it's a decent class and no one will turn down their pick when NBA commissioner Adam Silver is on the podium."
Here's the top 10 NBA prospects to watch during the NCAA tournament.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, PF/C, 7-0, 248, Fr. – Scout's comment: "He can score in the post, face and shoot and put it on the floor. There are not many players who can do all the things that he does."
2. Jahlil Okafor, Duke, C, 6-11, 272, Fr. – Scout's comment: "A solid center whose game will open up in the NBA. He has a strong low-post presence. His big body and big hands are also a plus."
3. D'Angelo Russell
, Ohio State, PG/SG, 6-5, 180, Fr. – Scout's comment: "The best passer in college. He can defend both guard positions. His versatility could get him drafted over [guard] Emmanuel Mudiay."
4. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, C/PF, 7-0, 244, Jr. – Scout's comment: "He is a long rim-protecting big man. He is the leader of Kentucky. He reminds me a lot of Tyson Chandler. He is a pick-and-roll big man."
5. Stanley Johnson, Arizona, SF, 6-8, 243, Fr. – Scout's comment: "Has a great body and size for a small forward. Not a great shooter, but he can improve. He is a willing defender who makes the effort."
6. Justise Winslow, Duke, SF, 6-7, 229, Fr. – Scout's comment: "Great size and toughness. High ceiling, but is a third or fourth option on a team. Poor shooter. He can be Shane Battier or Metta World Peace, which is not a bad thing."
7. Myles Turner, Texas, C/PF, 6-11, 242, Fr. – Scout's comment: "His per-minutes stats are great. Strong rebounder. Blocks shots. Doesn't appear interested in playing in the post. Likes to shoot jumpers."
8. Kelly Oubre, Kansas, SF, 6-7, 200, Fr. – Scout's comment: "Really like his basketball IQ. He's very long for his position. Has the physical tools to become really good. Needs to improve his jumper."
9. Devin Booker, Kentucky, SG, 6-5, 205, Fr. – Scout's comment: "He has a really good and long jump shot. He works hard on his defense. He has very quick feet. This kid is really on the rise."
10. Tyus Jones, Duke, PG, PG, 6-1, 190, Fr. – Scout's comment: "He makes everyone better. He's little, but more athletic than I thought. He can really pass the basketball and he makes long shots."
Honorable mention: Arizona PF Brandon Ashley, Jr.; Wisconsin SF Sam Dekker, Jr.; Notre Dame PG Jerian Grant, Sr.; Louisville PF Montrezl Harrell, Jr.; Wisconsin PF Nigel Hayes, So.; Kentucky C Dakari Johnson, So.; UCLA SF/PF Kevon Looney, Fr.; Wisconsin C Frank Kaminsky, Sr.; Kentucky PF Trey Lyles, Fr.; Arkansas PF Bobby Portis, So.; Utah PG/SG Delon Wright, Sr.
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