When do the top college prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft take the floor on Saturday for the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament? What will NBA scouts be looking for when they do?
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Note: The numbers listed next to players' names is their standing in the latest iteration of our Top-100 prospect rankings.All Times Listed are EST 2:20 PM (7) Michigan State vs (4) Louisville (CBS) - Syracuse#7 Michigan State
#97 Branden Dawson
, Denzel Valentine
#21 Montrezl Harrell
, #39 Terry Rozier
, Wayne Blackshear
, Chinanu Onuaku
Two hall of fame coaches match up for a chance to make the Final Four in a year that no one predicted they'd even be remotely close to doing so.
Louisville will have a significant size advantage inside the paint, spearheaded by power forward Montrezl Harrell
, who will be going up against 6-6 Branden Dawson
. Harrell is a tremendous rebounder who plays with as much energy and toughness as any big man in the college game, but Dawson is no slouch either in any of those areas. The undersized senior and former McDonald's All-American hasn't improved his perimeter game enough to hold the interests of NBA scouts, but he'll still have a chance to make a roster thanks to his defense and physicality. Terry Rozier
will have a significant advantage from a physical standpoint against Michigan State's backcourt of Travis Trice, Bryn Forbes and Lourawls Nairn. He's been playing some of his best basketball as of late, attacking in transition, crashing the glass like a man possessed, and getting to the free throw line. His shot-selection and decision making still leaves something to be desired, and his outside shot is far from consistent, but his toughness, athleticism and aggressive style of play has endeared him to some scouts as the year has moved on. 5:05 PM (2) Gonzaga vs (1) Duke (CBS) - Houston#2 Gonzaga
#44 Domantas Sabonis
, Przemek Karnowski
, Kyle Wiltjer
, Kevin Pangos
#1 Jahlil Okafor
, #6 Justise Winslow
, #28 Tyus Jones
, Quinn Cook
, Matt Jones
, Grayson Allen
The Przemek Karnowski
-Jalil Okafor matchup will be a throwback from the 80's, a clash of big-bodied old-school big men who will attempt to score with their back to the basket early and often. Neither is known for their defense, so this should make for a very entertaining contest.
At the power forward spot, freshman Justise Winslow
will go up against fourth-year junior Kyle Wiltjer
. Winslow has saved his best basketball for the NCAA Tournament, turning in some extremely impressive performances, and has likely helped his NBA stock considerably in the process. Wiltjer is one of the most skilled players in the NCAA, and scouts will want to take a close look at whether he's able to get his shot off over the long-armed freshman, as well as his ability to contain the Houston native off the bounce.
It will be interesting to see which of Duke's backcourt players draws the Kevin Pangos
matchup, and how Coach K decides to react in turn. While the Canadian Pangos is a terrific shooter and as sure-handed a point guard as you'll find, his lack of size, strength and length makes him somewhat of a liability defensively, which is why he hasn't gotten much attention from NBA scouts.