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NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide, Day Six
by: Jonathan Givony - President
March 29, 2013
The name on the back of the jersey means just as much as the name on the front here at DraftExpress, so if you're watching the NCAA tournament with an eye on scouting future NBA players, you've come to the right place.

Note: The numbers listed next to players represent their standing in our top-100 prospect rankings for the 2013 draft.
All listed times are Eastern Standard (EST)

7:15 PM EST CBS
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

1 Louisville: #24 Gorgui Dieng, #51 Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell,
12 Oregon: Arsalan Kazemi, Tony Woods, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis

Louisville is the best defensive team in college basketball, and this won't be much of a contest at all if Oregon's freshmen backcourt of Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson don't show up tonight in a major way. Both are talented guards with solid athleticism and perimeter shooting ability, but their ball-handling skills will be constantly tested by Louisville's experienced and relentless backcourt duo of Russ Smith and Peyton Siva. Pat Forde's excellent story about Rick Pitino's obsession with charting deflections is a good preview for this matchup.

In the frontcourt, Oregon will need rebounding machine Arsalan Kazemi to continue to do what he does best, after grabbing an astounding 33 rebounds in their two wins last weekend. Kazemi isn't particularly big, athletic or skilled, but he's somewhat of an Iranian version of Kenneth Faried with how dominant he's been on the glass the past four years. It will be interesting to see how he'll fare against Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan, two very solid offensive rebounders in their own right, on Louisville's misses.




7:37 PM EST TBS
Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)


1 Kansas: #2 Ben McLemore, #26 Jeff Withey, #97 Elijah Johnson,
4 Michigan: #10 Trey Burke, #20 Glenn Robinson, #46 Mitch McGary, #83 Tim Hardaway Jr, Nik Stauskas

Kansas will need Ben McLemore to be a lot more aggressive than he's been lately. The highly touted redshirt freshman has made just four field goals playing 96 minutes in his last three games spanning the Big 12 tournament championship and the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. While he's a tremendous athlete and perimeter shooter, some NBA scouts question whether he's too comfortable blending in at times and if he's a good enough ball-handler and shot-creator to warrant consideration as a top draft pick. This type of pressure-packed environment could be a good place to dispel some of those concerns.

While Michigan is a fantastic offensive team (#2 in the NCAA according to KenPom), their defense is not very intimidating, particularly their wing combination of Nik Stauskas and Tim Hardaway Jr]Tim Hardaway Jr[/url], so McLemore should not have too much of a problem finding open looks if he elects to assert himself.

Look for Bill Self to throw a lot of different defenders at Trey Burke and try to keep arguably the top point guard in college basketball off-balance throughout the game. Jeff Withey will play a major part in that. He shuts down the paint like no other player in the NCAA, helping Kansas rank #1 in 2-point percentage defense thanks to his impressive timing as a weak-side shot-blocker and intimidator.

Michigan shoots the ball extremely well from the perimeter, with Tim Hardaway Jr being particularly effective in the tournament so far, scoring 35 points in two games on 8-15 from beyond the arc. Hardaway has been up and down throughout his career at Michigan, as he's neither a prolific ball-handler, nor an incredibly consistent outside shooter. A strong showing against Ben McLemore can help him continue to raise his profile amongst NBA scouts.




9:45PM EST CBS
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

2 Duke: #12 Mason Plumlee, #65 Rasheed Sulaimon, #76 Ryan Kelly, #94 Seth Curry, Quinn Cook
3 Michigan State: #23 Gary Harris, #44 Adreian Payne, #73 Branden Dawson, Derrick Nix, Keith Appling

This is first and foremost a matchup of two of the top coaches in college basketball, Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo. This will be an absolute chess match from a tactical perspective, which should make for compelling basketball.

Mason Plumlee will have his hands full inside the paint, as Michigan State center Derrick Nix has been on a tear recently, scoring 53 points in the last three games, spanning from the Big Ten tournament championship and the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Nix, while undersized, is a load to handle from a physical standpoint, capable of scoring with ease with his back to the basket thanks to his strong footwork and excellent touch around the rim. Plumlee is taller and far more athletic, which will make this a very interesting matchup to watch on the interior on both ends of the floor.

Freshmen shooting guards Rasheed Sulaimon and Gary Harris will be two of the top NBA prospects on the court. Both players know each other very well growing up on the summer circuit as highly touted recruits, and both have had some very important moments in the NCAA tournament thus far. Suliamon scored 21 points in the Round of 32 against Creighton, while Harris had 23 against Memphis.

One of the most interesting things to watch over the course of the game will be how Izzo decides to defend sweet-shooting Duke senior stretch-4 Ryan Kelly. Does he stay with his starting lineup and put Adreian Payne on him, or does he go small and go with the very athletic but undersized Branden Dawson? Izzo doesn't really have any frontcourt depth to speak of, with going small being his only option off the bench, so one of his big men getting in foul trouble could be an absolute disaster for him.

Payne has been one of the breakout stars of the NCAA tournament thus far, and has a lot to gain with a strong showing against Duke. Consistency hasn't been one of his strong points over the past few years, so it will be interesting to see how he follows up his very effective performance last weekend against Memphis. Payne is already 22 years old, so it wouldn't surprise anyone if he decided to enter the draft this spring. He'll continue to move up NBA teams' draft boards if he's able to move his team move onto the Elite Eight.




9:57 PM EST TBS
Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)


3 Florida: #37 Patric Young, #63 Erik Murphy, Kenny Boynton, Casey Prather, Will Yeguete,
15 Florida Gulf Coast

While this might not be the most interesting matchup from a NBA standpoint, this should still be a very entertaining game, pitting the stat-geeks' favorites against the ultimate Cinderella story.

Up-tempo Florida Gulf Coast will try to control the pace of this game against a Florida team that likes to operate in the half-court. It will certainly be in their favor to do so, as they absolutely do not have the size to match up with the likes of Patric Young and Erik Murphy. It will likely be here that this game will be decided. Can Florida Gulf Coast stop Young and Murphy from scoring inside the paint? Can they hold their own on the glass? Can they score inside the arc against Florida's vaunted interior defense?

With a full week to prepare for this game, Florida will likely not be surprised by anything Florida Gulf Coast throws at them, which was one of their main advantages in the first weekend of the Tournament against two teams that likely underestimated them severely.

There is not a great deal for Florida's players to gain here from a NBA draft standpoint, as they are matching up against a team that is far less talented than them and are favored by 12 to 13 points according to Vegas. Anything less than a double-digit victory will be considered a surprise. They do have a lot to lose, though. Advancing to the next round to play the winner of Kansas-Michigan, both sporting a number of highly touted NBA prospects, is a must considering that few NBA teams are head over heels in love with the likes of Patric Young, Erik Murphy and co. as it is.
 


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Gorgui Dieng
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 01/18/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Covenant Chriatian
Previous Team: Louisville , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #21 in 2013 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
10.8 Pts, 9.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Russ Smith
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birthday: 04/19/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Kent
Current Team: Louisville , Senior
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
16.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 6.4 Asts


Peyton Siva
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 181 lbs.
Birthday: 10/24/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Franklin
Previous Team: Louisville , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #26 in 2013 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Wayne Blackshear
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 02/11/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Morgan Park
Current Team: Louisville , Junior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
8.2 Pts, 3.1 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Chane Behanan
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 253 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bowling Green
Current Team: Louisville , Junior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
7.6 Pts, 6.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Montrezl Harrell
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 01/26/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Current Team: Louisville , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
14.0 Pts, 8.4 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Arsalan Kazemi
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 04/22/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: The Patterson School
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #24 in 2013 Draft
by the 76ers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
0.0 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Tony Woods
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Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 01/24/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Rome
Previous Team: Oregon , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
6.3 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Damyean Dotson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 202 lbs.
Birthday: 05/06/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Yates
Current Team: Oregon , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.4 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Dominic Artis
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 07/07/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Findlay Prep
Current Team: Oregon , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.1 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 2.2 Asts


Kenneth Faried
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 11/19/1989
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newark Technology
Previous Team: Morehead State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 2011 Draft
by the Nuggets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.7 Pts, 8.5 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Ben McLemore
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 189 lbs.
Birthday: 02/11/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Kansas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2013 Draft
by the Kings
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
12.6 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Jeff Withey
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 03/07/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Horizon
Previous Team: Kansas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #9 in 2013 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.0 Pts, 6.4 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Elijah Johnson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthday: 07/11/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cheyenne
Previous Team: Kansas , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
13.2 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Trey Burke
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 11/12/1992
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Northland
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2013 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Glenn Robinson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Birthday: 01/08/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lake Central
Current Team: Michigan , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
7.7 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


Mitch McGary
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 263 lbs.
Birthday: 06/06/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brewster Academy
Current Team: Michigan , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
14.8 Pts, 5.8 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Tim Hardaway Jr
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 03/16/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Palmetto Senior
Previous Team: Michigan , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #24 in 2013 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
22.8 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Nik Stauskas
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 207 lbs.
Birthday: 10/07/1993
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mark
Current Team: Michigan , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.9 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Tim Hardaway
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Physicals
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 09/01/1966
47 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Carver
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 1989 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.9 Pts, 1.5 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


Mason Plumlee
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 238 lbs.
Birthday: 03/05/1990
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Christ School
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #22 in 2013 Draft
by the Nets
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
18.0 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 1.7 Asts


Rasheed Sulaimon
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 186 lbs.
Birthday: 03/09/1994
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Strake Jesuit
Current Team: Duke , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
9.9 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 2.4 Asts


Ryan Kelly
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 04/09/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Ravenscroft
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #18 in 2013 Draft
by the Lakers
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
8.0 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Seth Curry
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 179 lbs.
Birthday: 08/23/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Charlotte Christian
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
10.2 Pts, 0.8 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Quinn Cook
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 03/23/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Current Team: Duke , Junior
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
11.6 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 4.4 Asts


Gary Harris
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 09/14/1994
19 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hamilton Southeastern
Current Team: Michigan State , Sophomore
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
18.6 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Adreian Payne
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 02/18/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jefferson Township
Current Team: Michigan State , Senior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
12.5 Pts, 7.0 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Branden Dawson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 206 lbs.
Birthday: 02/01/1993
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lew Wallace
Current Team: Michigan State , Junior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
11.2 Pts, 8.3 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Derrick Nix
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 270 lbs.
Birthday: 12/11/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pershing
Previous Team: Michigan State , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Keith Appling
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birthday: 02/13/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pershing
Current Team: Michigan State , Senior
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
2.5 Pts, 0.0 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Patric Young
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 247 lbs.
Birthday: 02/01/1992
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Providence
Current Team: Florida , Senior
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 8.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Erik Murphy
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 10/26/1990
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mark
Previous Team: Florida , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #19 in 2013 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 4.2 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Kenny Boynton
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 05/12/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Ely
Previous Team: Florida , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
9.6 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Casey Prather
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 199 lbs.
Birthday: 05/29/1991
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jackson North Side
Current Team: Florida , Senior
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
5.2 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Will Yeguete
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 10/16/1991
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Florida Air Academy
Current Team: Florida , Senior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
4.9 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


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