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PBT Extra: Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart, other stars to watch in NCAA Tournament

Mar 19, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT

For a lot of NBA fans, the NCAA Tournament is when we form our strongest opinions of players — we see guys lead their team deep into the tournament (and screw up our brackets) and we want our teams to draft them.

For NBA scouts and GMs it doesn’t work that way — their opinions are largely formed by the time the tournament starts. Only a foolish executive makes major changes in his draft board based on tournament play (we’re looking at you, Michael Jordan).

In today’s PBT Extra Kay Adams — wearing green for her beloved Michigan State — and I talk about Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and how he’s pretty much always been the No. 1 pick this season despite what some fans thought. Then we talk Marcus Smart, one guy on the cusp of the top 5 who could do himself some good.

After that it’s a couple of guys that scouts are torn on and who could so some good in the tournament — T.J. Warren of North Carolina State and Kyle Anderson of UCLA.

Keep checking back with PBT over the next 48 hours as we post a lot about NBA draft prospects you should watch in the NCAA tournament, with the help of Ed Isaacson of NBADraftBlog.com.

  1. phillysports1 - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Riggin for wiggins !

  2. jucam1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    God, are you up there?…. It’s Philly…. I know we’ve had our ups and downs, and I know that we are tempting fate and your brothers (the Basketball Gods) by tanking and fielding a team so horrible, it’s historic. However, you also let Stern and the owners set up this stupid lottery system, so we had no choice. Anyway, if you could look kindly on a proud and historic Sixers franchise and hand us the number 1 pick so we can get Wiggins, and the 9th so we can get Harris, we would be soooo thankful. If that happens, we have great new owners, a genius GM, a TON of cap space, a young sick team, and couple more picks in 15. We promise we’ll be good and competitive by 16, and title contenders by 17-18. You will never see a crazier crowd than the Philly crowd when the Sixers are good. Just take a look at 2001 crowds and how this town went nuts for that team, and we knew we had almost zero chance of beating Shaq and your enemy’s spawn Black Mamba.
    Anyway, please find it in your wisdom to help us out, as you can see it’s brutal at Wells Fargo Center right now, and I miss enjoying the Sixers…. Sincerely, Philly!

  3. kastout11 - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I don’t see the Bucks winning 2 more games this season, so like you I am a lifelong Philly fan too, so unless Philly wins the lottery, they will probably draft Parker at #2, because I don’t see Wiggins falling. He will clearly be the #1 pick, regardless of who selects #1.

  4. phillysports1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Milwaukee is all in for Joel embidd guys … Nothing to worry about ; we will get wiggins!

  5. unxpexted1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    what i would do for Wiggins vs Parker national championship game. That would be the closest thing i’d get to see to maybe Bird/Magic, and would love to see the rivavlry leak to the NBA.

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