Sorry college hoops fanatics, but Kentucky could not beat the NBA’s 76ers. Still more than ballers from Kentucky–and other schools currently in the thick of March Madness–will soon be winning pro basketball games. If you’re an NBA general manager you’ve got more than your bracket filled out, you’ve got your dreams in front of you these next few weeks.
Here are top players to watch in this year’s NCAA Tournament, if you’re looking to get to know some future NBA guys.
- Karl Towns, Kentucky — think LaMarcus Aldridge
- Jahlil Okafor, Duke — think Hakeem Olajuwon, if he can get there
- Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky — Tyson Chandler, but extended out from the basket
- D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State — think Russell Westbrook
- Jerian Grant, Notre Dame — think John Wall
- Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin — think Mark Gasol
- Stanley Johnson, Arizona — think Metta World Peace
- Myles Turner, Texas — think LaMarcus Aldridge again (as Aldridge chuckles)
Karl Towns warms up with some dunks: