We have finally made it to the finish line of the long and arduous college hoops season as the four very best NCAA teams descend upon Indianapolis for the 2015 NCAA Final Four.
In addition to 4 outstanding teams, there are still a ton of great individual talents on display.
In fact, upwards of 9 potential 1st Round NBA Draft selections will be showing off their skills on Final Four weekend.
Of the 9, 4 are on the Kentucky roster, 3 play for Duke, and 2 are Wisconsin Badgers.
Unfortunately zero potential 1st Round prospects are currently on the Michigan State roster. That may change over the next week.
So, as we are enjoying another fantastic Final Four, remember that it’s very likely that a number of these star players could be the newest member of your favorite NBA team next season.
Check out the 10 Best NBA Draft Prospects in the 2015 NCAA Final Four….
6’6 SF/PF Senior
Ever since his freshman season with Sparty, there have been high expectations for Dawson. He has seen high profile teammates come and go due to graduation or being selected by an NBA team. His athleticism has never been the question as he can elevate with the best of them for either a jaw dropping block or rim rattling dunk but concern has been his injury history. Dawson tore up his knee in his freshman season and has missed some sporadic time during his tenure at State, including this season. There’s no doubt he’s an NBA athlete but is projected as an early 2nd Rounder due to a lack of a true position.
6’1 PG Freshman
There was a ton of pressure on Jones coming into Duke as the nation”s top incoming PG from the high school ranks. He has been at his best in some of Duke’s toughest games and has shown a better than expected ability to score from the perimeter. He has just average size for the position at the next level but his basketball IQ and decision making skills will be in high demand on Draft night. Jones us currently projected as a late 1st Round selection.
6’9 SF Junior
It’s taken some time but Dekker has grown into his lofty potential as Bo Ryan’s most heralded recruit ever coming out of high school. He has been battling injuries most of the season but thanks to his amazing long range shooting exhibition against Arizona in the Elite Eight, Dekker’s stock is on the rise. Many see him as a Chandler Parson’s type player, that could be a diamond in the rough at the next level. Dekker is projected as a late 1st Rounder but his stock is currently going through the roof.
7’0 PF/C Senior
At his size, it’s hard to find a player with his offensive skill set in college. Potentially this season’s NCAA Wooden Award winner, Kaminsky’s prospects on the pro level are still a question mark because of a lack of bulk and some average athleticism against NBA’s bigger bodies. With that being said, he can make an immediate impact because of his ability to shoot from the perimeter and a variety of under the rim spin moves. He’s a decent defender and shoots well from the FT line,which is always a plus from a big man. Some feel his best pro comparison is LA Clippers center Spencer Hawes. Let’s hope the experts are wrong. Kaninsky is projected as a mid to late 1st Round selection.
6’6 SG Freshman
Undoubtedly Kentucky’s biggest threat from the perimeter, the 6’6 freshman is viewed as a potential starting shooting guard with ideal size and stroke to be a potential star. It’s hard to tell playing limited minutes this year at UK, but at times has been deadly. Some see him as this year’s version of Golden State’s Klay Thompson. Booker is flirting with Lottery potential, as a mid 1st Round talent in the 15-20 range.
7’0 C Junior
Arguably the best defensive big man in college basketball, WCS’s potential at the next level will be as an athletic rim protector in the mold of LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Cauley-Stein may never be a great offensive player but should score in double figures on offensive put-backs and dunks alone. He guarded any position from 1-5 all season long and will be in high demand late in the Lottery come Draft night.
6’10 PF Freshman
Lyles has come a long way from highly touted HS senior to one of UK’s most valuable players down the stretch in the NCAA Tournament. He has a great shooting touch that reminds many of a young Carlos Boozer but also has an immense 7’4 wingspan that could make him an elite defender as well. Lyles stock is rising as fast as any heading towards the Draft and appears to be a solid Top 10 lock come June.
6’7 SF Freshman
Jahlil Okafor may be Duke’s best player, but Winslow has been Coach K’s most valuable commodity. He’s this season’s Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist whom went as the 2nd pick in the draft a few years ago. He has a never-ending motor, is a lock down defender, is as tough as nails, and gets to the FT line at will. Winslow’s stock is white hot as he is getting a ton of Top 5 love in most Mock Drafts through April.
6’11 C Freshman
Long considered the potential #1 overall pick for most of his freshman season, Okafor remains a Top 2 selection on most Mocks. He has the best footwork and low post game we have seen since Tim Duncan but is just average defensively. He is as technically sound as any player in the college ranks and will become some Lottery team’s building block of the future on Draft night. Is he the next Tim Duncan or Al Jefferson?
7’0 C Freshman
After some growing pains early in his freshman season, Towns has emerged as the favorite to be the top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, quite simply because he has a higher ceiling than Okafor. His low post skills have improved exponentially within the month of March, as evidence of his painted area performance against Notre Dame. He still is rather raw, but has legit NBA size and has just begun to scratch the surface of his offensive potential as a perimeter threat. Many see him as the 2nd coming of Portland standout LaMarcus Aldridge. Another great showing in the Final Four and/or Championship game should solidify his standing as the #1 pick come June.