For the third year in a row, the South Region in the NCAA tournament has an unusually high number of NBA draft prospects in comparison to the other regions. By our count, it has three potential lottery picks and another nine potential first-rounders. In other words, it's loaded.
Insider's NBA draft team has talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs over the course of the season and, based on their feedback and information, here's a look at the top NBA prospects for each of the teams in the South Region, listed by potential lottery picks, first-rounders, second-rounders and "wait until next year" players. (Teams listed by seed.)
Potential first-rounders: Chris Walker, F, freshman; Patric Young, C, senior
Potential second-rounders: Michael Frazier II, SG, sophomore; Scottie Wilbekin, PG, senior; Casey Prather, SF, senior
Wait until next year: Kasey Hill, PG, freshman; Dorian Finney-Smith, F, sophomore
Florida is the best team in the nation because of its senior leadership -- not because it is loaded with elite NBA prospects. However, NBA scouts believe that many of Florida's players could end up in the NBA.