This year’s NCAA Tournament is loaded with top-shelf NBA talent, players with transcendent skill sets that will make them top picks in the upcoming NBA draft — should they declare. There are gifted scorers, elite shooters and masterful passers. There are also sweet-shooting big men and double-double machines that control the paint and protect the rim.
The first weekend of the Big Dance gives fans the opportunity to see future NBA stars firsthand to see if their games match the hype.
Here is a look at the top prospects playing in the NCAA Tournament.
Note: Projected top 10 picks Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith and Robert Williams didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.
Lonzo Ball, freshman, guard, UCLA
While his dad gets much of the attention in the family for the things he says, Ball is the real deal. He is an excellent distributor with fantastic court vision who has been the perfect fit for the Bruins’ offense. He is also an efficient scorer who shoots it well from all over the floor, even though his shot is funky looking.
On the season, he led the NCAA with 7.7 assists a night while averaging 14.6 points on 54.4 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 34.9 minutes.
Jayson Tatum, freshman, forward, Duke
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