The NCAA Tournament is all about filling out brackets, rooting for Alma mater and Cinderella, and one buzzer beater after another. For pure NBA fans it's also about getting a closer look at tomorrow's stars today. The 2014 draft is just over three months away.
Assuming the Wizards remain in position for the playoffs, they will part with their first round pick, compensation to the Phoenix Suns for Marcin Gortat. That leaves a second round selection, probably somewhere in the 45-50 range, though who knows what future moves Washington can pull off.
Therefore, here's a look at some of the non-lottery bound prospects to keep an eye over the next three weeks. That is, when you're not starring at your bracket in wonderment or more likely, disgust.
These overall rankings via DraftExpress.com are about potential, not whether the player will definitely enter this year's draft. At this point the Wizards don't have a glaring need, though any position is in play. That could change quickly depending on what happens with upcoming free agents Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, among others.
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*Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin, sophomore (27): Considered a strong shooter though his 3-point percentage tumbled this season. The Badgers second-leading rebounder also averages 12.7 points.
*Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas, freshman (33): Overshadowed by fellow freshman Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, the 6-foot-6 ling-armed wing can get to the rim and finish. Went for 10.2 points this season. Had consecutive with at least 20 points against Oklahoma and Kansas State.
*Elfrid Payton, PG, La Lafayette, junior (36): The stat-stuffing 6-foot-4 Payton averaged 19.1 points, 6.0 assists and 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 steals for the Rajin' Cajuns this season. Made the Billy Donovan-coached Team USA U19 squad last summer.
*Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona, junior (38): From CollegeBasketballTalk's Rob Dauster, who named Johnson to the site's second All-American team: "Johnson has slumped a bit down the stretch of the season, but he’s the best perimeter defender and the most dangerous scorer in the half court for a top five team."
*Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan, sophomore (43): The slashing wing and son of the "Big Dog" ranks third on the Wolverines with 13 points per game. Only a 28 percent 3-point shooter.
*Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA, sophomore (44): The Bruins leading scorer with 17.2 points. Good size at 6-foot-5, 220 lbs.
*Russ Smith, PG, Louisville, senior (45): Smith earned the nickname "Russdiculous" for his wild child style and shot selection. By embracing a point guard role, Smith also has the Cardinals challenging for a second straight national title after averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 assists. Would be fun or the Wizards to have a Kentucky-Louisville point guard tandem, right?
*Patric Young PF, Florida, senior (48): Power-packed big man mans the middle for the top-seeded Gators. Averaged at least 10 points and six rebounds in three straight seasons. Shooting 60 percent from the field. Washington could be in need of frontcourt reserves should Trevor Booker move on.
Others: Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State (49), Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier (50), Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford (53), Keith Appling, PG, Michigan State (67)