While March Madness is a hugely exciting basketball tournament in its own right, a lot of the fun involved with the event comes with spotting the stars of tomorrow. There have been many basketball players who grabbed public attention during March Madness and then went on to make their mark in the NBA.
With stars like Carmello Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kemba Walker and Anthony Davis dominating games during March Madness, people are looking towards this tournament to determine who can find success in the NBA. This means that basketball fans not only get to look forward to a great tournament at this time of year, they also get the chance to see some of the best top NBA draft prospect rankings.
Fultz could be first in NBA Draft
Markelle Fultz is a name being tipped regularly with respect to the 2017 NBA draft and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Fultz grabs the coveted first pick spot. The Washington Huskies freshman, who plays in the Point Guard position, is already regarded as one of the finest dribble-shooters of his age and expectations are high for the player.
Caleb Swanagan, from the Purdue Boilermakers, is another player expected to make an impact on March Madness and the NBA Draft. Swanagan has represented the USA at Under 17 and under 19 levels, and he has Gold Medals from World Championships at both of these age groups. There is plenty of information available for those looking to learn about the player’s presence and ability but the CoolCat infographic may be one of the more interesting ways to learn about the player.
Lonzo Ball comes with pedigree
Lonzo Ball is another freshman being tipped for NBA Draft success. The UCLA Point Guard was selected as Mr Basketball 2016, an award presented to the player regarded as the best high School basketball player of the year. This was a huge accolade and it is an award that has been won by players of the calibre of Wilt Chamberlain, Reggie Williams, LeBron James (who won it two years in a row) and Harrison Barnes. It can be a lot of pressure to bracket a young player in amongst basketball players who went on to achieve such high levels of greatness, but there is a belief that Ball has the temperament to go a long way in the game.
Dennis Smith Jnr, playing for NC State Wolfpack, is one of the many Point Guards presently raising excitement levels among fans. He is unlikely to be the first PG to be picked in the NBA Draft but there is certainly a buzz about the player. With expectations of a Top 5 pick, Smith Jnr is a player you are likely to hear a lot more of.
The level of attention placed on the top NBA draft prospects is rising every year but with so many fantastic players around, it is easy to see why this is the case. It won’t be easy for these players to achieve success in the NBA but they are well regarded amongst this year’s crop of players.