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Top 5 NBA prospects in West Region

Bradley Beal may have been hindered by Florida's guard-rich offense. AP Photo/Phil Sandlin

The West Region is the weakest region in the NCAA tournament as far as NBA draft prospects.

I count only one potential lottery pick and just one other surefire first-round pick in the entire group. It doesn't mean it won't produce the NCAA champ. But as far as NBA scouts are concerned, if they're going to skip a region, this would be the one to skip.

ESPN.com has talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs over the course of the season to give you a look at the top five NBA prospects they'll be watching in each NCAA region.

West NBA Prospects

1. Bradley Beal, SG, Fr., Florida

The Good: Beal is a pure scorer who can shoot from distance or take it to the basket. He's an excellent athlete who has the power to finish at the rim. He's a good ball handler who can play point in a pinch, and he's an excellent rebounder for a guard.

The Bad: Beal has struggled to find his range from the 3-point line. He's shooting just 33 percent from 3 for the season.

The Upside: Beal hasn't really blown anyone away with his play at Florida -- but most scouts chalk that up to the three-, sometimes four-guard offense the Gators play. Put Beal in a more conventional NBA set and teams would expect him to thrive. He's been in the top six on our Big Board all season, but a great tournament could move him up all the way to No. 2 on draft night. He's that good.


2. Patric Young, PF/C, So., Florida

The Good: Young has the body of an NBA All-Star. He's a tough, physical player who can dominate in the paint as a rebounder and shot blocker.

The Bad: Young's gotten better offensively, but he still can really struggle. He averages 10 points in 26 minutes per game.

The Upside: Young sure looks the part physically, but given his paltry numbers, is he the real deal? NBA scouts are convinced Young has the potential to be a dominant defensive big man whether he gets his offensive game going or not -- think Ben Wallace. His body is NBA-ready, as is his defense. If he shows he's a game-changer on the defensive end the next few weeks, the lottery is not out of the question for him.


3. Adonis Thomas, F, Fr., Memphis

The Good: Thomas is a strong, athletic forward who uses his strength and speed to overpower opponents. He plays very hard all the time and showed signs that he's becoming a more proficient shooter from the perimeter.

The Bad: Thomas is a bit of a tweener. He struggled a bit moving into a more complementary role at Memphis.

The Upside: Thomas had a serious ankle injury in January and has been slowly worked back into the Tigers' rotation. It's unclear whether he feels well enough to really shine the way his talent suggests he could. He's going to need a big tournament to move himself back solidly into the first round.


4. Draymond Green, F, Sr., Michigan State

The Good: He's a do-it-all forward who can play inside and out. He has an excellent basketball IQ and is a very good passer who makes everyone around him better. Green is a good rebounder and has solid 3-point shot.

The Bad: What position will he play in the pros? He's undersized for the 4 and lacks the lateral quickness to guard 3s at the next level. He's had conditioning issues in the past.

The Upside: Green doesn't look much like an NBA player on paper -- but his production on the court, combined with what the metrics are saying off the court, all point to him being another player like Shane Battier or Jared Dudley who carves out an important niche on the right team. If Green can lead Michigan State deep into the tournament, some savvy team will take him late in the first round.


5. Will Barton, G, So., Memphis

The Good: Barton is one of the smoothest scorers in college basketball. He can score from anywhere on the floor and can get buckets in a hurry. His long, lanky frame makes him a tough guard. He can be a game-changing defender on the perimeter and is an excellent rebounder for his size.

The Bad: He needs to add strength and he could be more consistent from 3-point range. Occasionally he falls back into the bad habits he had as a freshman.

The Upside: Barton has grown tremendously this season. He's developed a lethal midrange game, has dramatically improved his rebounding numbers and cut way down on turnovers and bad shots. A few NBA scouts have him in the late teens to early 20s on their boards.


Sleeper: Scott Machado, G, Sr., Iona

The Good: Hope you didn't blink during the first-round games, or else you missed Machado's stay in the tournament. Still, he more than warrants a breadkdown. Machado is a quick, athletic guard who finds a smart balance between scoring and getting his teammates shots. He excels at getting to the basket. He was an improved 3-point shooter this season.

The Bad: He's a little undersized for his position and Machado has struggled with some conditioning issues in the past. He cooled off a little from a super hot start.

The Upside: He's the best point guard no one knows about. He gave Maryland and St. Joseph's all they could handle this the season. Given the dearth of point guards in the draft, I'm sure scouts would have loved to look at him a little longer in the NCAA tournament.

Others to watch: Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri; Ricardo Ratliffe, PF, Missouri; Jae Crowder, F, Marquette; Kenny Boynton Jr., G, Florida; Darius Johnson-Odom, G, Marquette; Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State; Branden Dawson, F, Michigan State; Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State; De'Mon Brooks, SG, Davidson; Casper Ware, PG, Long Beach State; Mike Scott, PF, Virginia; Keith Appling, G, Michigan State; Kim English, G, Missouri; Vander Blue, G, Marquette; Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville; Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville; Chane Behanan, F, Louisville; Wayne Blackshear, G, Louisville; Brandon Davies, PF, BYU; Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico; Wesley Witherspoon, F, Memphis; Tarik Black, PF, Memphis