Each week throughout March Madness, DIME is profiling draft prospects from each region of the NCAA Tournament who we deem most intriguing. There’s no real rubric for this exercise. We’ll be be highlighting surefire top-five picks, run-of-the-mill first-rounders, and even guys who may not hear their name called at Barclays Center on June 23. There’s just one rule: Only players still participating in the Tournament will be considered. Read our first installment on Duke’s Brandon Ingram here.
March, needless to say, can make a prospect’s draft stock. The pressure of do-or-die basketball on the country’s biggest stage can ruin it, too. But NBA franchises will be carefully monitoring developments of the next three weeks regardless, altering draft boards in accordance with what scouts, general managers, and even the viewing public sees — possibly drastically altering their futures in the process.
The NCAA Tournament is about winning first and foremost. And not only will the following prospect wield a heavy hand when it comes to his current team’s fortunes, but perhaps those of his first professional one, too.
The Player: Devonte’ Graham, 6-foot-3 sophomore guard for the University of Kansas.