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Prospects who will miss NCAA tournament

3/15/2013
With Georgia missing the NCAA tournament, you won't be seeing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com

Time's up!

Over the past week, a handful of top prospects have seen their season come to a close. With no NCAA tournament in their future, these prospects' resumes at the college level are complete.

Few top scouts really hit the NIT circuit. For the most part, their season is done.

I spoke with a number of NBA scouts and GMs to get their final take on the prospects in the Top 100 whom you won't be seeing in the NCAA tournament this year.

We previewed several last week, including Isaiah Austin, Tony Mitchell and Myck Kabongo who are now out.

All three went out with a whimper. Austin had two points on 0-for-6 shooting in a loss at Oklahoma State. Kabongo equaled that feat with two points on 0-for-5 shooting in a loss at Kansas State. Mitchell was a little better, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a loss at Lafayette.

While Austin would be a likely first-round pick if he declared, scouts no longer think of him as a lottery pick, and he could slide badly. Kabongo has his fans and probably does not want to return after how he was treated by the NCAA this season, but he's definitely on the bubble, as is Mitchell.

Here's a look at eight other players in our Top 60 whose seasons are done.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | SG | Georgia

Caldwell-Pope didn't go down without a fight. He scored 32 points in a tight loss to LSU on Thursday. He hit six 3s and got to the line 12 times. While he remains somewhat streaky as a shooter, a lot of NBA teams are high on him. He sits just outside our top 30 at the moment, but he could easily play himself into a mid- or late-first-round pick with strong workouts if he declares.

B.J. Young | G | Arkansas

Young was projected as a potential lottery pick at the start of the season, but his uneven play, an eventual benching and his lack of progress at the point guard position have hurt his stock tremendously. He still has his moments, like a big 27-point performance against Missouri last week. But the truth was that Young actually regressed a bit this season and has created huge question marks about his NBA potential. He's no longer a lock for the first round and has to consider returing to Arkansas for his junior year.

Ray McCallum | PG | Detroit

It was a tough final game for McCallum. He had just five points on 1-for-7 shooting in a bad loss to Wright State. Scouts have really warmed to McCallum this season, but he might need to consider returning to school for his senior year. He still is firmly on the first-round bubble.

C.J. Wilcox | SG | Washington

Wilcox peaked midseason before struggling with his jumper down the stretch. He ended his season with a strong performance -- 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a loss against Oregon. He's got the shooting and athletic ability, but his inconsistency cost him down the stretch. He's a likely second-round pick if he declares.

Dwight Powell | F | Stanford

Powell was considered a potential lottery pick after his freshman year, fell off the radar after a troubled sophomore campaign and came back with a vengeance as a junior. He's versatile, a good athlete, showed improvement as a shooter and went a long way toward knocking the label that he doesn't want it. He scored 23 points and grabbed nine boards in a loss to ASU on Wednesday. He could be a player who sneaks into the first round with great workouts.

Cory Jefferson | PF | Baylor

Jefferson had a breakout year for the Bears, dramatically improving his performance across the board. Though scouts have been a little slow to warm to him, his strength, size and athletic abilities are all tantalizing. And who knew the guy could shoot 3s? He, too, could sneak into the first round with great workouts.

Isaiah Canaan | PG | Murray State

It's been a disappointing season for Canaan. Not only did his team underachieve, but he struggled to live up to the lofty standards he set last season. His points per game and assists totals were up, but his efficiency plummeted and his turnovers skyrocketed. He was once considered a serious candidate for the first round, but now appears to be more of a bubble second-rounder.

Erick Green | G | Virginia Tech

Green had a huge breakout year, leading the NCAA in scoring. Unfortunately, the Hokies just weren't any good, and Green's incredible season went largely unnoticed. Green played the game with poise and efficiency this year, and if scouts believe he can be a full-time point guard, he could surprise a lot of people on draft night. The guy can flat-out score the basketball.