• Villanova has now been crowned the National Champion in a historic finish that truly epitomizes the heart and soul of David Barrett’s “One Shining Moment”.

    Relying on solid team play and relentless defense, Villanova made an impressive tournament run that included defeating the two top ranked teams in the field (Kansas and North Carolina) and shutting down player of the year candidate Buddy Hield.

    Last week, the report analyzed some fantasy prospects ahead of the Final Four.  Prior editions of the prospect report covered other college prospects as their seasons came to an end.  Feel free to read up on any analysis you may have missed.

    Now that the NCAA Tournament is over, I will turn my focus towards the NBA Draft and Fantasy Keepers.  Keep an eye out for future articles with these key NBA dates in mind:

    May 11-15: NBA Draft Combine

    May 17: NBA Draft Lottery

    June 23: NBA Draft

    Also, congratulations to any readers that participated in the Hoop Ball Bracket Challenge.  If you finished near the top, feel free to follow me and send me a message on Twitter to receive details on claiming your prize.

    As for the Tournament itself, we saw some impressive team play and caught a glimpse of future fantasy basketball contributors.  As mentioned in the first report, college players can use the Tournament as a platform to boost or lower their future draft stock.  As such, let’s take a look at some ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of the Tournament.

Fantasy News

  • D.J. Augustin
    PG, Orlando Magic

    DJ Augustin (left knee bone irritation) went through a full practice on Wednesday and is questionable for Friday.

    Augustin has missed the previous 15 games and will return to a bench role when he's ready to go. He's only a deep-league option for assists and threes, though he is one of the better specialist types available for dimes.

    Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) isn't on the injury report for Thursday.

    Rozier sat out the final game before the break but is good to go for tomorrow. Get him back in your lineups.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kevon Looney
    PF-C, Golden State Warriors

    Kevon Looney (left hip) is not on Thursday's injury report.

    Looney has been limited to 11.7 mpg and just 15 games on the season due to persistent injuries. He might find his way into the starting five by the end of the year but fantasy GMs can definitely take a wait-and-see approach with this one.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • De'Andre Hunter
    SF, Atlanta Hawks

    De'Andre Hunter (right ankle sprain) is questionable for Thursday's game.

    Hunter dealt with a left ankle sprain prior to the All-Star break so hopefully this one is more minor. The youngster should get more minutes as the season wraps up but is looking like a late-round option at best this season. He's an upside flier but not a must-own guy in standard formats.

    Source: Brad Rowland on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol, nasal surgery) is not on the injury report for Thursday.

    Martin suffered a broken nose and missed three games, but the All-Star break came at the right time and minimized his absence. With the Hornets opening up minutes for younger players down the stretch, Martin is someone to keep an eye on in deeper formats.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Eric Gordon
    SG, Houston Rockets

    Eric Gordon (left leg contusion) is questionable to play on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Gordon missed the two games leading into the All-Star break, so hopefully he's able to suit up tomorrow. He has a shot at late-round value in Houston's new all-wing rotation, though you can steer clear unless you need points and threes.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Alex Len
    C, Sacramento Kings

    Alex Len (right hip flexor) is questionable ahead of Thursday's game.

    Len has been out since late January and perhaps the All-Star break was enough to get him ready to play. He'll have a chance at minutes while Richaun Holmes is still sidelined, but it would take a surprising workload to make Len a priority add in even 16-team leagues.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • George Hill
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    George Hill (left hamstring strain) is not on the injury report for Thursday's game.

    Hill had missed the previous seven games before the All-Star break but should be good to go tomorrow. He's a deep-league option and is the rare point guard who is actually a boost to efficiency.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Kyle Korver
    SF, Milwaukee Bucks

    Kyle Korver (back soreness) will not play on Thursday.

    Korver's been on and off the injury report all year long and isn't a fantasy option in just about any format.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • John Beilein
    , Cleveland Cavaliers

    John Beilein has officially resigned as the head coach of the Cavs.

    Beilein is walking away just months into a five-year deal, with his tumultuous tenure making it painfully clear that the Cavs have plenty of problems to work through. He had serious troubles connecting to the Cavs, with squabbles erupting all over the place, even down to the terminology of his playbook. Beilein has been given a different role in the organization while JB Bickerstaff will take over the coaching job.

    Source: Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter