March Madness NBA Draft Watch: The South Region
With the Suns potentially having three different first-round picks in three different locations, it’s important to keep an eye on all levels of the 2016 NBA Draft.
Here’s a look at the NCAA Tournament through the lens of what prospects to watch. We start with the South Region.
Top Prospects (average ranking between the Top 100 at CBS Sports and Draft Express)
• Cal freshman forward Jaylen Brown (3.5)
• Cal freshman center Ivan Rabb (14th)
• Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone (17th)
• Vanderbilt sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV (18th)
• Vanderbilt junior forward Damian Jones (23.5)
• Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble (33rd)
• Kansas freshman forward/center Cheick Diallo (36th)
• Kansas sophomore guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (50th)
• Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden (50.5)
• Iowa senior forward Jarrod Uthoff (52nd)
• Arizona freshman guard Allonzo Trier (52.5)
• Miami senior guard Sheldon McClellan (55th)
• Maryland forward Jake Layman (56.5)
• Kansas senior forward Perry Ellis (70.5)
• Villanova junior guard Josh Hart (76)
• Vanderbilt junior center Luke Kornet (76.5)
• UConn sophomore guard Daniel Hamilton (78 only ranked in CBS)
• Maryland junior forward Robert Carter (81.5)
• Cal senior guard Tyrone Wallace (85.5)
• Wichita State senior guard Fred VanVleet (92)
• UConn junior center Amida Brimah (96.5)
• Colorado senior forward Josh Scott (99 only ranked in CBS)
• Arizona senior center Kaleb Tarczewski (102.5)
That’s 23 top-100 prospects in the South region.
The top first-round matchup to watch is Arizona versus Vanderbilt if Vandy gets out of the First Four. There are five potential draft picks to take in. There’s a couple potential monster second-round games if Kansas plays UConn, Maryland faces Cal and Miami advances to battle either the Wildcats or Commodores.