It's March Madness, baby! It's the big stage for some of college basketball's best players to show off their games. NBA scouts and general managers will be out in force the next few weeks scouting everyone in the Big Dance.
Rightly or wrongly, a great March can really help a player's stock. NBA GMs, the real decision-makers come draft time, are in attendance and tend to be swayed by what they see on the big stage.
Last year, Gordon Hayward, Ekpe Udoh and Jordan Crawford boosted their stock with some great games. In 2009, Tyreke Evans and Jonny Flynn rode strong tournament performances to high lottery picks. In 2008, Derrick Rose moved past Michael Beasley on most NBA teams' boards with an excellent performance, and other players, such as Russell Westbrook and Brandon Rush, helped themselves with strong tournaments.
Who will help his stock this year? ESPN.com has talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs in the course of the season to give you a look at the top five NBA prospects they'll be watching in each NCAA region.
We begin in the East Region, which is loaded with terrific draft prospects this year.
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