The one-and-done rule for the NBA isn't perfect by any means, but one of the great benefits is a chance to see top NBA prospects face the pressure, intensity and bright lights of the NCAA tournament.
Sure the sample size is too small to draw any definitive conclusions and a player's game can easily be stifled by the players around him or more often, his coach's game plan, but the competition is intense and does expose those willing to step up in big moments and even better come through in those big moments.
Mike Prada ran through his impressions of the top prospectsyesterday with regard to how they've performed in the NCAA tournament so far. Wesley Johnson of Syracuse tops his list, again based done tourney performance, after his monster game against Gonzaga.
Butler has Johnson and the Orange next so we'll get another good look at the dynamic forward this week to see if he can back it up with another big game. Butler plays with a level of toughness often overlooked, so if the Syracuse players feel comfortable with the physical advantage they enjoy and indeed overlook Butler they'll be in for a surprise. If Johnson leads the way and doesn't let that happen, he'll impress even more.
I also, love how Mike makes light of the fact that DeMarcus Cousins has been lauded for not losing his cool when antagonized by Wake Forset's Chas McFarland. That sets the bar pretty low for the big fella. No doubt Cousins is skilled but when I see him right now his game reeks of out of shape and injury-prone once the NBA money hits. Hope I'm wrong.
So what are your impressions of the potential NBA prospects and their showing in the NCAA tourney?
Also, after the jump a few links of interest including Clark Kellogg's take on the tournament and Pacers, more minutes for Roy Hibbert and Detroit's prep for the Pacers tonight
Playing time rises for Pacers' Hibbert
Mike Wells reports on Roy Hibbert's continued growth and his ability to play more by avoiding foul trouble which in turn allows the teem to feed Roy in the post more often.
NCAA Tourney time Kellogg's favorite
Bruno catches up (in the web) with Clark Kellogg in the middle of his role as lead analyst for CBS during the NCAA tournament. Special K also accentuates some positives for the Pacers even though he's seen them at their worst this year.
Pistons hope for positive finish
Ted Kulfan reports on Detroit's coaches and player saying all the right things about finishing the season strong. Hmm, seems like I've heard this before.
Will Pistons wave the white flag in final stretch, or finish with a fight?
Chris Iott wrestles with some familiar questions with regard to the Pistons and how they'll finish the season.