Updated Prospect Rankings

Breaking down the updated NBA draft prospect rankings, and reviewing the last week in college basketball

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Moving Up:

Louis King ∧ 10

Admiral Schofield ∧ 5

Desmond Bane ∧ 4

Moving Down:

Moses Brown ∨ 9

Ayo Dosunmu ∨ 9

Simisola Shittu ∨ 9

Zion Williamson returned to action, helping lead Duke to their 21st ACC tournament title. The freshman dropped 29 and 14 against Syracuse, 31 and 11 against North Carolina, to go with 21 and 5 in the finals against Florida State. Williamson has not looked hindered by the knee sprain he suffered, and Duke heads into the NCAA tournament as the favorite to cut down the nets. RJ Barrett played well, but struggled with his outside shot throughout the tournament, and he has been impressive rebounding the ball and setting up his teammates. Tre Jones played great in the title game against Florida State racking up 18 points to go with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. It was a good sign for the Blue devils heading into the NCAA tournament as they need solid play from Tre Jones to complete their goal of a national championship.

Kevin Porter Jr. showed glimpses of his potential and why he is on NBA teams radar in a loss to Washington. The USC freshman has not been receiving major minutes since returning from his suspension earlier in the season, which when you couple with the fact that Southern Cal has struggled as a team, it is easy to forget about Porter Jr. He scored 17 points to go with 6 rebounds along with shooting 2 for 4 from deep. His size, athleticism and skill set are ready made for an NBA shooting guard, and he is a player that will most likely see his draft stock grow as we get into the pre-draft process.

• The NCAA and NIT tournament brackets were released last night. Obviously NBA talent is all across the NCAA tournament field, but the NIT quite a bit of potential draft picks if you are looking to see them one last time before they head into the professional ranks.

Jalen Mcdaniels had a monster 25 point and 14 rebound game against UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference but he failed to keep it going and had to sub-par games in the semifinals and the finals of the tournament with the latter being in a loss to Utah State. The San Diego State sophomore is one of the harder players to evaluate in this years class given a lack of competition and a less than stellar last month of the season. He has NBA size and skill, and will be in first round consideration should he leave for the draft.

Chuma Okeke and Auburn dominated Tennessee to win the SEC tournament title in a blow out over Tennessee. Okeke did not play particularly well in the quarter and semifinals, but he bounced back in the championship game going 5 for 9 on 3’s in route to finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds to go with with a block and 3 steals. His potential at the next level is high, and once he has completed the combine process his stock could go up given his measurements are exactly what NBA executives and scouts look for in a wing.

• Iowa State finished off a Big 12 championship run by beating Kansas in the finals on Saturday night. Outside of his 0 for 5 performance from deep in the finals, Marial Shayok was solid during the tournament with totals of 18, 21, and 15 points in their 3 games. Lindell Wigginton continues to be solid coming off the bench for Iowa State, scoring 17 and 6 in the final. Wigginton declared for the draft last year, but returned after the combine process, so it is safe to assume he will be thinking of the NBA once Iowa State’s season is over. Talen Horton-Tucker, who’s draft stock is mainly based on potential at this point struggled in semi’s and the championship after scoring 21 against Baylor in the quarterfinals.

• Once Bol Bol went down with an injury ending his short time at Oregon, not many would have predicted that Oregon would not only get to the NCAA tournament but that they would do so by winning the Pac-12 tournament title. After not playing the first 7 seven games his freshman campaign, Louis King has come into his own and is looking like a player that may be in first round consideration in this year’s draft. At 6’9″ with length and skill on the perimeter, he is a perfect example of the type of player that can guard and play multiple positions at the next level. King scored 15 in the final, 19 in the semi’s, 20 in the quarterfinals, and 12 in the first round. If King plays well and Oregon can win a game or two in the NCAA tournament, we might see King join Bol Bol as a one and done player in Eugene.

• Michigan State beat Michigan for the third straight time, ultimately winning the Big Ten tournament championship. Cassius Winston has been solid the entire year, and while he most likely will not be getting too much love from NBA’s teams after this season, he has shown that he is a player that could have an NBA future despite his 6’0″ 185 size. Charles Matthews returned to the court in the Big Ten tournament, and while he has not played great since coming back, it is big for Michigan to have the senior ready for their NCAA tournament run. Ignas Brazdeikis has been on fire from deep after slumping through the mid point of the season. The freshman is most likely a lock to leave after this season, and if he does so, teams will be considering him late in the first round. Jordan Poole struggled against Michigan State in the finals, going 3 for 11 from the field and 2 for 9 from deep. He played better against Minnesota and Iowa in the 2 games before, and NBA teams will be looking to see how he fares in the NCAA tournament atmosphere after hitting the big game winning three last season against Houston in Michigan’s run to the title game.

• Despite the lack of team success for CSUN, Lamine Diane has kept up his impressive play in his freshman season. In their Big West Conference quarterfinal loss against UC Santa Barbara, Diane put up 22 points and 17 rebounds to with 5 blocks, 3 steals, and 4 assists. He did shoot 8 for 22 in that game so it was not all great, however you cannot ignore the fact that he dominated all season long with defenses focusing on him more and more as the season went on. CSUN will play Utah Valley in the CBI tournament on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

Daniel Gafford has already announced he will not be returning to Arkansas next season and will enter the NBA draft. While this is not unexpected, it was a bit of a surprise that he also will not play in the NIT tournament when Arkansas takes on Providence in the NIT.

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