A periodic look at some of the most intriguing draft prospects in sports
The NCAA tournament is college basketball's biggest stage—and how a prospect performs on it can have a major impact on his draft position. Here are three players who took advantage of their time in the spotlight and improved their stock, and three who needed big March performances but didn't get them.
C Sr., Kansas
The NCAA's second-best shot blocker (3.95 per game), the 7-foot, 235-pound Withey is considered an NBA-ready defender. "He's a legitimate rim protector," says an Eastern Conference executive. "He's got good timing, strength, agility—it's all there." Offensively, the exec says, Withey showed "no feel" during the season. But with All-America guard Ben McLemore struggling in the first two tournament games, Withey delivered a total of 33 points in back-to-back wins.
Late first round
SG Sr., Temple
There's a lot not to like about Wyatt: He's a bit undersized (6'4") for an NBA two-guard, isn't especially athletic and saw his three-point percentage dip from 37.9 as a junior to 31.6. But Wyatt is a big-time scorer; witness the 62 points he dropped on N.C. State and Indiana in the first two rounds. "He has an old-school offensive game," says a Western Conference exec. "He plays the angles and has solid footwork. If he gets better defensively, he can stick."