This weekend had a number of terrific NBA scouting games as some of the top prospects and programs in the country went head-to-head. While we continue to emphasize that NBA scouts and GMs don't put huge weight on NCAA tournament games, there's no question that what happened this weekend leaves an important, lasting impression on NBA teams.
NBA scouts and GMs were all over the country this week watching the NCAA tournament. I spoke to a number of them to see whom they were buzzing about. The list below doesn't reflect who played the best game or games. But it does give you a good feel for who is on the minds of scouts and GMs.
Here's a look at who helped and who hurt themselves this weekend.
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky
After struggling with a 1-for-4 performance against Iowa State last weekend, and after reacting angrily to my report that he would declare for the draft after Kentucky's season ended -- MKG delivered two of his best games of the season for Kentucky versus Indiana and Baylor.
Kidd-Gilchrist was relentless taking the ball to the rim and doing what he does best -- finishing on the break and in traffic. If there was ever any question about who the second best talent is in the draft, after this weekend I think Kidd-Gilchrist put it to rest. Yes, he needs to continue to work on that jumper and creating his own offense. But his non-stop motor, toughness and ability to get the basket make him the clear cut No. 2 player in the draft. He's a warrior.
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