• Last week, the report provided analysis on some college basketball players that are currently considered top prospects for this summer’s NBA draft based on their season performances and perceived upside.  I hope the analysis, albeit very brief, was valuable enough to our readers to garner some interest and followers for future editions of the report throughout the entire NCAA tournament.

    The purpose of this week’s edition of the Prospect Report is to highlight some of the teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament that roster players with NBA draft potential.  With that goal in mind, let me temper your expectations by stating that there are simply too many teams and too many prospects to cover them all without writing a short novel.

    I have decided the best way to do this is to go down through the bracket and pick out one out of the four teams for each seed (1-16), focusing on the team to watch with the most NBA prospects.  In other words, I will pick one 1 seed, one 2 seed, one 3 seed, and so on.

    For some added fun, @aaronbruski has allowed me to set up a Hoop-Ball.com sponsored NCAA Bracket Challenge Pool.  Readers will get to compete for some Hoop-Ball.com sponsored prizes featuring the “Hoop Ball Fantasy Pro Service”.  In addition, compete against your favorite Hoop-Ball.com writers (not eligible for overall prizes) to prove you know more about basketball than these self-proclaimed “experts”.

    If you believe your college team or a particular prospect was overlooked in this report, feel free to comment below and I can address specific teams or prospects at that time.  For now, let the Madness ensue:

    1 Seed – Kansas

    As a former University of Kansas student, I may be a little biased with this pick (Editor’s Note: Kansas sucks John).  However, Kansas enters the tournament as the number one overall team and Vegas’ favored team to win the entire tournament (Editor’s Note: I immediately take that back).  If things work out for the Jayhawks, viewers should have plenty of opportunities to check out these potential future NBA players.

    Players to watch:  Perry Ellis (PF, Senior), Wayne Selden Jr. (SG/SG, Junior), Cheick Diallo (PF/C, Freshman)

    Diallo came in to this season with a lot of hype as a top-10 recruit, but failed to find consistent minutes in a deep rotation.  While tournament viewers may not get to watch Diallo very much this March, some sources are still projecting him as a first round pick for his athleticism and upside.  Fantasy owners will want to wait until Diallo makes a decision on whether he will enter the draft or not before doing any advanced scouting for his NBA upside.

    Ellis and Selden will be heavily featured in the Kansas offense, but only project as second round picks.  Selden may even choose to stay at Kansas another year if his draft outlook doesn’t appear too promising.  One look at the below video and fantasy players can only hope to see Selden on an NBA roster in the near future:

Fantasy News

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
    PF, Milwaukee Bucks

    In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.

    Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.

    Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter

  • Tacko Fall
    C, Boston Celtics

    Tacko Fall (mild knee sprain) is expected to miss one week after a collision in workouts.

    With training camp two weeks away, Fall should be ready to roll by then. He is currently on an Exhibit 10 contract, battling for the final roster spot with Javonte Green (partially guaranteed) and Kaiser Gates (Exhibit 10). Fall is an intriguing talent at 7'7" but is not expected to be fantasy relevant in his first season even if he does make the team with the Celtics already carrying four center eligible players on guaranteed contracts.

    Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been informed that, "The agenda is youth and development."

    The article adds that both players will have a chance to compete for minutes but the Hornets' top priority will be to develop their younger players which bodes well for Dwayne Bacon, Miles Bridges, Devonte Graham, P.J. Washington and Willy Hernangomez. Miles was already putting up near top-100 value to close the season at around 25 minutes per game while the rest of the players could all produce fantasy value if given the minutes so they should at least be put on the watch list to see how the preseason plays out.

    Source: Charlotte Observer

  • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    SG, Sacramento Kings

    Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and drained seven triples as Serbia topped Czech Republic 90-81 to finish in 5th place.

    Bogdanovic also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block and was certainly one of the most impressive players in the tournament. Although he has the talent to be a successful full-time starter, the 27-year old will likely be relegated to a similar 25-27 minute, off-the-bench role he played last season with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and newly added Trevor Ariza also on the wings. Nikola Jokic also did his usual thing this game with seven points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. Boban Marjanovic and Nemanja Bejlica were not really involved in this one, playing only two and eight minutes, respectively.

    Source: FIBA

  • Donovan Mitchell
    SG, Utah Jazz

    Donovan Mitchell scored 16 points with 10 assists as US beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh place in the tournament.

    Mitchell was an efficient 5-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from downtown but the bigger story of course was USA's disappointing showing as this was only the second time that they finished outside the top-3 in the FIBA World Cup since 1978. Kemba Walker (neck), Jayson Tatum (ankle) and Marcus Smart (hand/quad/calf) all sat out the final game as they now have two weeks to rest before the start of training camp.

    Source: FIBA

  • Evan Fournier
    SF, Orlando Magic

    Evan Fournier scored 16 points to lead France in their semifinal loss to Argentina by the score of 80-66.

    This was a really poor showing all around in an elimination game by the French team. Fournier scored an inefficient 16 and was joined by Frank Ntilikina's 16 as two of just three French players in double figures.

  • Rudy Gobert
    C, Utah Jazz

    Rudy Gobert was invisible in France's loss to Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup, scoring just three points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.

    This just wasn't enough from Gobert, who couldn't impose his will against a weaker Argentina squad on paper. Joining him in the "forgot there was a game" club was Nicolas Batum, who consistently finds a way to do nothing in heavy minutes. Batum's line in this one was a paltry three points (1-of-6 shooting), five boards, one assist and a block.

  • Patty Mills
    PG, San Antonio Spurs

    Patty Mills was the star for Australia, scoring 34 points and hitting four triples against Spain, but Australia fell in double overtime 95-88.

    Mills did as much as he could but he just didn't get enough help from his supporting cast. Joe Ingles couldn't find the basket and only had four points (to go along with 10 rebounds and seven assists). With that off night of shooting from Ingles, the Aussies needed someone like Matthew Dellavedova (six points) or Aron Baynes (six points) to step up.

  • Ricky Rubio
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    Ricky Rubio approached a triple-double in the semi-final win over Australia with 19 points, seven boards and 12 assists in 38 minutes.

    It was another big line for Rubio in the semis, who has been a stalwart for this Spanish run to the finals. He was inefficient from the field (6-of-19) but ran the offense well and should be a factor again in the final game.

  • Marc Gasol
    C, Toronto Raptors

    Marc Gasol carried Spain to the FIBA World Cup Final in a double-OT win over Australia, finishing with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists.

    Gasol had a great outing to lift Spain here and they should have a great shot at winning the title against Argentina. We'll see how this high workload summer affects him going into the new season.