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The Final Four games included players ranging from lottery locks to second round hopefuls. Let’s take a look at how these prospects helped or hurt their cause on Saturday night.
Stock up: Ty Jerome
Nobody helped their cause more than Jerome this weekend. He looked like the best player from either game. After putting up 21 points 9 rebounds and 6 assists, Jerome should have solidified his status as a fringe first-round prospect who projects as a potential solid rotation piece with shooting and play-making upside.
Stock down: Deandre Hunter
Hunter is a solid prospect that will almost certainly be a lottery selection, but his play of late in the tournament has left a lot to be desired. Yes, he put up a respectable stat line against Auburn, but Hunter has struggled to take over games with his offensive versatility. With high-level prospects either missing the tournament or getting eliminated early, Hunter had the ability to jump further up draft boards. Instead, it looks like Hunter may be sliding a bit.
Stock up: Chuma Okeke
Sadly and unfortunately for Okeke and Auburn, the sophomore’s season was ended abruptly as he tore his ACL before the Final Four. However, Okeke showcased his efficiency and ability to both score and rebound with great volume throughout the tournament. Though he may not have been high or even appearing on some draft boards, his play in the tournament has to have NBA teams intrigued by his potential.
Stock Steady: Jarrett Culver
Culver has shown the two-way potential scouts have been salivating all year about throughout the tournament. His ability to defend positions 1-4 has been impressive, and he’s proven himself as a solid play-maker and versatile scorer. However, the knock on Culver has been his three-point shooting–and he hasn’t done much to address that concern. There’s much debate on who the third best prospect in the draft is between Culver and Barrett and the question seems to be up in the air still.