NCAA Tournament: Stock Up, Stock Down For NBA Prospects Before the Final Four

By Timothy Downs

NCAA Tournament: Stock Up, Stock Down For NBA Prospects Before the Final Four

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Here's a look at the stocks of NBA Draft prospects from the NCAA Tournament before the Final Four.

10. Tyus Jones - Duke - Stock Up

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10. Tyus Jones - Duke - Stock Up

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Tyus Jones has had an excellent tournament thus far, and now heads to the Final Four with Duke. If Duke makes it to the championship game and Jones plays similarly, even despite a loss, he's going to crack the top-20 instead of top-25.

9. Jahlil Okafor - Duke - Stock Up

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9. Jahlil Okafor - Duke - Stock Up

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If there were any doubts in the experts' minds that Jahlil Okafor deserves to be the No. 1 overall pick, he's quickly put them to rest with a magnificent tournament.

8. R.J. Hunter - Georgia State - Stock Down

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8. R.J. Hunter - Georgia State - Stock Down

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R.J. Hunter and Georgia State pulled off the early upset, but weren't able to take full advantage for a Cinderella run. Hunter could have really made an undeniable impression had GA State continued to move on, but the sample size was too small to make a significant difference in draft position.

7. Montrezl Harrell - Louisville - Stock Up

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7. Montrezl Harrell - Louisville - Stock Up

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Montrezl Harrell did anything and everything he could against Michigan State in the Elite Eight, but his 16 points and nine rebounds were simply not enough for his team to move on. However, his individual stock is soaring currently.

6. Jakob Poeltl - Utah - Stock Up

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6. Jakob Poeltl - Utah - Stock Up

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Jakob Poeltl set out to prove to America that he's a ball-so-hard, first-round draft pick. And he did just that.

5. Frank Kaminsky - Wisconsin - Stock Idle

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5. Frank Kaminsky - Wisconsin - Stock Idle

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Don't get me wrong -- this guy Frank Kaminsky can play, and he's had an adequate tournament. However, if Kaminsky ever drops a gem on Kentucky in the Final Four, he could easily improve his draft status to a top-10 slot. If not, he's probably going to remain idle.

4. Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky - Stock Down

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4. Willie Cauley-Stein - Kentucky - Stock Down

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It's not that Willie Caulie-Stein is a bad player that gets him a "stock down" in my book. Instead, it's the fact that he's just not an overly impressive scorer, and that'll worry teams thinking about selecting him in the first round.

3. Kevin Looney - UCLA - Stock Up

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3. Kevin Looney - UCLA - Stock Up

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Kevin Looney played well in the tournament despite the clamors from UCLA naysayers that the Bruins had absolutely zero right to be there. Nearly double-doubling against a stellar Gonzaga team can only help his stock.

2. Delon Wright - Utah - Stock Up

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2. Delon Wright - Utah - Stock Up

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Delon Wright was everything Utah could have asked for against Duke, but the Utes just couldn't get it done. His admirable performance undoubtedly sent his stock trending upward, and in a hurry.

1. Buddy Hield - Oklahoma - Stock Up

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1. Buddy Hield - Oklahoma - Stock Up

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Buddy Hield nearly carried the Oklahoma Sooners to a Sweet 16 win over Michigan State, but ultimately it just wasn't meant to happen this year. However, individually, he has a ton to look forward to as his stock is on the rise after such a brave showing.

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