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NCAA tournament: 10 teams with the most future NBA talent

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider

NBA talent evaluators won't have an easy time deciding where to go to finish up their evaluations prior to June's NBA Draft. Kentucky, which boasts a quartet of potential first-rounders, wound up in the NIT (where they lost to Robert Morris) -- but there are still plenty of NBA prospects who will get a chance to improve their stock in the coming weeks.

Here's our NBA Draft Insider's Guide to the NCAA tourney, where we list the 10 teams with the most future NBA talent:

1) Michigan -- It's odd to list a John Beilein team first in terms of NBA talent, since that hasn't exactly been his reputation throughout the years. However, the Wolverines -- placed close to home in Auburn Hills in the bracket -- have a handful of guys who have caught the attention of NBA folks.

Trey Burke (G, 6-0, 190): The sophomore is a National Player of the Year candidate and also could be the first point guard taken in the June draft. He can shoot it, distribute, and will be ideal at the next level in pick-and-roll situations. Most NBA executives have him going somewhere among the lottery selections.

Glenn Robinson III (F, 6-6, 210): The Big Dog's son still needs another year in college, but he's intriguing. He's long and athletic and has shown spurts in which he's looked phenomenal. He still needs to shoot it more consistently from the perimeter and also play hard all the time, but he'd likely be a first-rounder if he left after this season.

Tim Hardaway Jr. (G, 6-6, 205): Another ex-NBA player's kid, Hardaway Jr. has improved his decision-making. He has nice length for a wing player, but still needs to improve his ability to put the ball on the floor. Likely pegged somewhere in the second round.

Nik Stauskas (G, 6-6, 190): A freshman from Canada, his production has dropped off since the first half of the season. Stauskas can really shoot it from deep, has good size for a shooting guard, and also has a nice feel for the game. People have yet to see his passing ability because Burke has the ball in his hands the majority of the time.

Mitch McGary (F, 6-10, 250): Another frosh, McGary is a hard-working big man. He still needs to improve his skill level, but he's big, strong and goes hard on virtually every possession. Could certainly turn into a first-rounder in due time.

2) NC State -- Mark Gottfried inherited a few of these guys from the Sidney Lowe regime, and then added a few freshmen who are certainly on the NBA radar. There might not be a lottery pick among the group, but all of these guys could be drafted if they came out this season.

Lorenzo Brown (G, 6-5, 186): Doesn't do any one aspect of the game at an exceptional level, but he does everything well. He's a point guard with size and has above-average court vision. His shot needs to be more consistent -- as does his effort and intensity.

T.J. Warren (F, 6-8, 233): Freshman wing has the size and can really score. Shoots it well from the perimeter and was more effective around the basket than most anticipated, especially for a freshman.

C.J. Leslie (F, 6-9, 200): Some had him pegged as a lottery pick due to his length and athleticism, but the junior power forward still needs to show more consistency and also work on his skill set. Could still go in the first round, but his stock fell this season.

Richard Howell (F, 6-8, 257): He's not quite as gifted as Leslie, but Howell plays harder and is a more effective rebounder. Could be a solid bench guy in the NBA if given the opportunity.

Rodney Purvis (G, 6-2, 195): He's a small scoring guard who can really get to the basket, but is a volume shooter.

3) UNLV -- The Rebels have a likely lottery pick and two more front-line guys who could get taken if they choose to leave school early.

Anthony Bennett (F, 6-8, 240): Some liken the Canadian freshman to another UNLV star, Larry Johnson, due to his frame and versatility. Bennett could easily go in the top five.

Khem Birch (F, 6-9, 220): Another Canadian, the 6-foot-9 Birch transferred from Pittsburgh and is a terrific defensive player. He runs the court extremely well and blocks shots, but needs to work on his offensive game.

Mike Moser (F, 6-8, 210): Decided to return to school and has dealt with a number of injuries. Is almost certainly a second-rounder and should come back for his senior season, especially due to the fact he can return to his most effective position at power forward with Bennett almost certain to leave.

Katin Reinhardt (G, 6-5, 210): Just a freshman, but he's got size and can score. He's got a little Bobby Sura in him.

4) Indiana -- Tom Crean and the Hoosiers have a pair of potential picks, one who was expected and one that has been a shock this season.

Cody Zeller (F, 7-0, 240): This was the expected. The youngest of the Zeller brothers, Cody is similar to Tyler, who is an NBA rookie this season with Cleveland. Cody runs the court well and is a safe pick, but doesn't possess a high upside and that could hurt his stock among some NBA teams. He'll still almost certainly be a Top 10 pick.

Victor Oladipo (G, 6-5, 214): He wasn't even considered a first-rounder entering the season, but he's elevated himself as much as anyone in the country and now is in position to be a lottery pick. He's ultra-athletic and really defends -- and his offensive game has improved.

Christian Watford (F, 6-9, 232): Watford could be taken somewhere in the second round, but is an enigma. He's long and can shoot it from deep, but he doesn't always play with a motor and that scares NBA guys.

5) Kansas -- The Jayhawks have arguably the No. 1 overall pick and another guy who could wind up shaking David Stern's hand on draft night.

Ben McLemore (G, 6-5, 195): He sat out last season as an academic casualty, but he's been phenomenal this year in showing a versatile scoring game. He has an NBA body, a clear NBA position (two-guard) and can shoot it and put the ball on the floor. Don't be surprised if he becomes the first shooting guard to go No. 1 since 1975.

Jeff Withey (C, 7-0, 235): It's been a process, but the 7-foot fifth-year big man has developed into a very good player. His strength comes on the defensive end, where he moves well and alters shots. Likely a late first-rounder.

6) Duke -- Mike Krzyzewski's top prospect could be Rodney Hood, who is sitting out after transferring from Mississippi State, but the Blue Devils have two players on their active roster who could go in the first round.

Mason Plumlee (F, 6-10, 235): He's somewhat mechanical, but has been awfully productive this season. He's big, athletic and plays with intensity. I'd be shocked if he's not taken somewhere in the Top 10 come June.

Rasheed Sulaimon (G, 6-4, 185): I don't think he'll leave after his freshman season, but he's a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who can shoot, put the ball on the floor and also defend. NBA scouts I have talked to say he's in the equation as a first-rounder whenever he decides to leave Durham.

Seth Curry (G, 6-2, 185): It's not fair to compare him to his brother, Stephen, but the younger Curry can also shoot it from deep. My guess is someone takes a flyer on him in the second round.

Ryan Kelly (F, 6-11, 230): The NBA loves face-up four-men these days, and that's exactly what Kelly is. He can step out and make shots and he's 6-foot-11. The issue, though, is his athleticism -- especially the impact on that element of his game after multiple foot injuries.

7) Michigan State -- Believe it or not, Tom Izzo hasn't churned out a ton of pros over the last decade. Well, he might have a couple on this year's roster:

Gary Harris (G, 6-4, 205): The talented freshman has come on in the second half of the season and displayed the ability to shoot it from deep and also make plays off one or two dribbles. He's got nice size and could work his way into the first round at some point.

Adreian Payne (C, 6-10, 204): He's big and ultra-skilled. The issue with Payne is that he didn't always show up, but lately he's begun to play with consistency and that has NBA scouts salivating because of his size and skill set.

Branden Dawson (G, 6-6, 230): Has an NBA body and skill (rebounding), but he tore his ACL about a year ago and needs to become a reliable shooter in order to make it at the next level.

8) Gonzaga -- Mark Few has three frontcourt guys who are all on the NBA's radar -- including a pair of 7-footers.

Kelly Olynyk (F, 7-0, 238): The 7-foot Canadian isn't a super athlete, but he's skilled and has good size. He's also been extremely productive -- and that should make him a lock first-rounder come June.

Przemek Karnowski (C, 7-1, 305): He doesn't play a ton, but the freshman from Poland is huge and moves fairly well for someone has size. He's also got decent touch.

Elias Harris (F, 6-8, 239): The senior from Germany was once regarded as a first-rounder and while his stock has slipped a bit over the years, Harris should still be drafted somewhere in the second round.

9) Syracuse -- The Orange have one sure-fire first-rounder and a bunch of others who should be drafted.

Michael Carter-Williams (G, 6-6, 185): He's a long point guard who is intriguing and racked up assists this season. He'll need to improve his perimeter shot, but in a weak point guard crop, he should go in the top half of the first round.

James Southerland (F, 6-8, 215): He's 6-foot-8 and can really shoot the ball from the perimeter. There aren't too many guys like him in the NBA these days. Likely a second-rounder.

Rakeem Christmas (F, 6-9, 242): Hasn't really made much progress in two collegiate seasons, but there are NBA scouts who see his potential. Long, athletic and can block shots. Should remain at Syracuse for another year.

C.J. Fair (F, 6-8, 215): He's caught in-between positions, but is so underrated. Has a high IQ and is steady. I'm not sure if he gets drafted, but don't be shocked if he finds a way onto a team at some point.

10) Arizona -- Sean Miller has a senior in Solomon Hill who has come a long way-- and three developing big men.

Solomon Hill (F, 6-7, 220) -- Probably winds up going somewhere in the second round, but has good size for a wing, is athletic and has dramatically improved his perimeter shot.

Grant Jerrett (F, 6-10, 235) -- Didn't make the impact Miller anticipated, but is extremely skilled, has size and can really shoot it from the perimeter. Another year and he can work his way into the first round.

Kaleb Tarczewski (C, 7-0, 255) -- A true 7-footer who is coachable and plays hard. That's a rarity these days. Still needs a couple of more years, but will only improve and should have a spot in the NBA for plenty of years.

Brandon Ashley (F, 6-8, 235) -- Is a tweener forward. Doesn't move his feet well laterally, and doesn't shoot it great. But he's got length and athleticism, and is certainly on the NBA radar.

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