2013 NCAA Tournament: Five NBA Draft Prospects to Watch During Final Four Weekend
Five NBA Draft Prospects in 2013 Final Four
The start of the 2013 Final Four is less than 24 hours away from its opening tip and as college basketball fans across the country get ready to settle in and watch some high-quality hoops, let's take a look at five prospects who you might be watching a lot longer than just this weekend.
Yes, we are talking about the top five 2013 NBA Draft prospects in this year's Final Four.
From a few featured lottery selections to a number of first round play makers, this year's Final Four class features a number of talented prospects who should hear their name called in June.
With that being said, nothing personal to fans of the Shockers, but we can come out right now and none of these five future NBA players come from Wichita State. That leaves three teams for five names to keep an eye on this weekend.
For those of you who are still fortunate enough to be considered for first place within your office pools, buckle up because this weekend will surely provide some end of the year excitement. If you've already shredded your bracket, then sit back, enjoy the games and hope for something crazy to happen -- like a buzzer beater or a triple overtime thriller.
After Saturday night, we will know who will be squaring off for the national championship here in 2013 and while some moments may be heartbreaking for some players who have come so far, for these five NBA prospects, there are brighter days ahead.
Without further ado, let's take a look at five names to keep an eye on.
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No. 5- Mitch McGary
Before we dive into Mitch McGary, let's first state the fact that if he does decideto return to school next fall, his teammate would take this spot in the list. Some throw an honorable mention the way of Tim Hardaway Jr., but after the tournament that McGary has had, his stock is soaring. McGary's choice will be interesting once the Wolverines' season comes to a close, but for now he's looking like a prospect that has a budding future at the professional level.
Projection: Late First Round
No. 4- Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng has molded himself from a raw collegiate prospect as a freshman into a first round selection here in 2013. Dieng, who is a junior, is likely to come out and enter the 2013 NBA Draft and with the strides he has made at the forward position over the last couple of years, there should be no denying his down the road potential at the NBA level.
Projection: Mid-to-Late First Round
No. 3- Glenn Robinson III
Just a freshman, Glenn Robinson III has had a terrific first season in Ann Arbor. GRIII is known for his athleticism and ability to run in transition, so there's no denying his potential at the more faster-paced NBA level.
Projection: Late Lottery Selection
No. 2- Michael Carter-Williams
At 6-foot-6, Michael Carter-Williams is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's class. Carter-Williams provides a number of match-up nightmares and with his overall ability to play the point guard position, MCW has a very bright future at the next level.
Projection: Lottery Selection
No. 1- Trey Burke
Trey Burke has quite the impressive resume, but it's grown tremendously since the start of the NCAA Tournament. Burke has collected a number of accolades this week, including the AP Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award, recognizing him as the top player in college basketball. Burke will very well be one of the top point guards taken this June.
Projection: Lottery Selection