Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
In the Round of 64, the six-seeded UCLA Bruins got blownout by the 11th seed Minnesota by a score of 83-63. Muhammad played all but one minute of the game, but only scored 20 points. Granted, he was efficient at the free throw line, going 8-10 from the charity stripe, but everywhere else he was not on his best game.
He shot 6-18 (.333) from the field and 0-6 from the three-point line, and had only one rebound. The less-than-stellar numbers combined with a blowout loss should have dropped his draft stock. The only problem is some NBA teams are desperate for a scorer, so he’ll probably still go pretty high in the draft.
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
Thursday, fifth-seeded Oklahoma State lost to the 12th seeded Oregon by a score of 68-55 in an upset. Smart played 37 of the 40 minutes and scored 14 points, while grabbing nine rebounds (which is good for a point guard), and taking the ball away for five steals. His numbers were good except having only four assists and five turnovers, which is not a good ratio.
Smart should be fine in the draft, because he is the only point guard in the top ten and his numbers are decent, but teams may reassure themselves that he is a good enough leader, before picking him to lead their professional team.
Otto Porter (Georgetown)
In the most surprising turn of events so far this tournament, second-seeded Georgetown was defeated by 15th seeded Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) by a score of 78-68. Porter had 13 points, 11 rebounds, a block and a steal in his 38 minutes. The forward was very inefficient from the floor to the tune of 5-17 (.294).
While the numbers were not good for Porter as he and the Hoyas got bounced from the tournament, he will be fine in the NBA.
Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
In the first day of the round of 64, fifth-seeded UNLV lost to the 12th seed, California by a score of 64-61. Bennett had solid numbers with 15 points, 11 boards and two steals, but was a little inefficient. He shot 4-11 (.364) from the field in 37 minutes.
Bennett should be fine come draft day, because of his athleticism and ability to score is coveted by pro teams. He is fourth on my list for the Suns behind: McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, and Noel, who is out with injury for Kentucky (who lost in the first round of the NIT!).
Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
In the round of 64, the number one seed Gonzaga beat the 16-seed Southern 64-58, where Olynyk went for 21 points and 10 rebounds. In the next round the numbers were better, but the outcome was different. The Bulldogs lost 76-70 to the ninth-seed Wichita St., when Olynyk scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The Gonzaga center will be fine in the NBA, because there aren’t many serviceable bigs in the league and Olynyk could definitely crack the rotation in a bad to decent team.