Top 5 NBA Prospects Playing in the Final Four

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The Top 5 NBA Prospects Playing in the Final Four

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March Madness is great, isn't it? The jubilation. The heartbreak. The massive uproar from the crowd in celebration or defeat. The madness was rampant this past postseason, and there should be no slowing down in this weekend's Final Four in Dallas. While Kentucky's roster leads the way with future NBA players, the rest of field boasts prospects who could find their way into a NBA arena near you.

5. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein
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5. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein
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The 20-year-old seven-footer sat out Kentucky's Elite Eight victory against Michigan with an ankle injury, but his presence will be needed this weekend to bolster the Cats' front line. Cauley-Stein's offensive effort is rather minimal, instead concentrating on his NBA-type skill sets on the defensive end around the rim. I'm not quite buying his top-20 worth according to several pundits, but his game replicates a raw form of DeAndre Jordan.

4. Patric Young

Patric Young
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4. Patric Young

Patric Young
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The senior forward is all man and power in the paint on both ends of the floor. His season and NCAA Tournament statistics are not gaudy by any measure, yet his body frame makes one believe he can survive the rigors of the NBA. While the league is widely predicated on more finesse, any team can benefit from a bruiser who provides a solid contribution off the bench. Young can fill this role, similarly to DeJuan Blair.

3. Shabazz Napier

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3. Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier
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Napier followed in the footsteps of former Huskies guard Kemba Walker, dominating during the regular season and stepping up to a whole new level during the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard followed up his 18.1 points per game-season performance by putting up 23.3 points. He also showcased his ability to be a key fixture in other realms for Kevin Ollie during the team's magical run, adding six rebounds and 4.5 assists.

2. Aaron Harrison

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2. Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
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Similarly to the rest of the Kentucky squad, the better Harrison twin struggled during the middle stretch of the season. Yet the freshman star has put himself in the conversation of being a top-15 overall pick with this play stemming from the SEC Championship game and throughout this year's NCAA Tournament, scoring 16 points per game. Most notably, when it mattered most against Michigan, Harrison was there in the clutch.

1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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1. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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The lengthy 6-foot-9 forward will return to his stomping grounds this weekend in Dallas, and if his play is anything like it has been, he'll make it a noteworthy homecoming. Randle has lived up to the hype during March Madness and then some, being a double-double machine with 15.8 points per contest to go along with 12 rebounds. Whereas top prospects like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins wilted during March, Randle has risen up to the challenge.