Commentary

Who might vault up draft boards from East Regional?

Originally Published: March 19, 2008
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com
• Chad Ford's NCAA Tourney Viewer's Guide: East | South | Midwest | West

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 over the next few weeks scouting everyone in the Big Dance.

A great March can really help a player's stock. Last year, Florida's Al Horford, Ohio State's Mike Conley and Georgetown's Jeff Green helped their stock in the tournament.

In 2006, Joakim Noah, LSU's Tyrus Thomas and Bradley's Patrick O'Bryant saw their stock skyrocket after leading their teams deep in the tourney.

In 2005, UNC's Sean May rose from a late first-rounder to a lottery pick with an amazing performance for the Tar Heels while Illinois' Deron Williams surpassed Chris Paul on many talent evaluators' boards as the top point guard in the draft with his stellar play.

In 2004, UConn's Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, Duke's Luol Deng, Stanford's Josh Childress, Arizona's Andre Iguodala and BYU's Rafael Araujo all rode strong performances into the lottery.

In previous years, Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony, Marquette's Dwyane Wade, Maryland's Chris Wilcox, Arizona's Richard Jefferson, Florida's Mike Miller, Miami-Ohio's Wally Szczerbiak and Connecticut's Richard Hamilton helped their draft position significantly in March.

Who will it be this year? ESPN Insider 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.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider