Scouting NCAA Tournament performances of top NBA draft prospects – The Athletic

The best weekend of the year — the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament — is over, with 48 win-win or homecoming games over four days, bringing out the best in many of college basketball’s greats.

These games create ideal scouting and evaluation scenarios for high-level NBA decision-makers looking to gather as much information as possible about potential top picks in the NBA Draft. And in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, we were blessed with the majority of the best players in the class playing postseason basketball. Only three of the top 20 players on my 2022 NBA Draft Big Board weren’t involved last weekend, and that includes winger Shaedon Sharpe, who didn’t fit for Kentucky.

In that vein, I decided to dive into the performances we saw from the top 10 players who played this weekend (aside from AJ Griffin, who I didn’t have a particularly strong opinion on). That’s eight players, many of whom have really shown up. That includes the best player on my chart, Chet Holmgren, whose game against Memphis seemed to be a big hit with viewers watching Gonzaga for the first time this season. Let’s dive deep into Holmgren, Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Keegan Murray, Bennedict Mathurin, Jalen Duren and Johnny Davis, all of whom had varying levels of success in what was the first NCAA tournament for many.

Chet Holmgren | Ranking: No. 1 | 7-foot-1 center, Gonzaga | 19 years old, first year

64th round against Georgia State: 19 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, seven blocks, two steals, 8 goals on 11 goals

Overall I think it’s been a positive weekend for Holmgren.

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