#1 Georgia Tech vs #16 Cal State Bakersfield
Georgia Tech finished 3rd in the ACC with a 23-7 record and were led by sophomore swing man Will Cook who led the team in scoring and was top ten in the conference. Junior big man Donovan Galloway is considered a potential lottery pick, finishing in the top three in the ACC for rebounds and blocks, while sophomore power forward Legend Tuohey was a top ten rebounder and double figure scorer. The Roadrunners’ freshman small forward Chris Gibbons was named the Western Athletic Conference MVP, taking the team to an 18-10 record and the conference crown while leading the WAC in points, finishing 4th in steals and 9th in rebounds. All-WAC center Frank Sanders led the conference in blocks and was top ten in rebounds and assists.
#2 USC vs #15 Wagner
The Trojans are loaded with JBL quality players, including likely first round pick Khalen Anthony (freshman C) who was 3rd in the Pac-12 in scoring as USC took the conference with a 26-5 record. Freshman point guard Matt Mueller (2nd in the USC for assists) and junior big man Eric Davidson (7th in rebounds) were both named to the All-Conference team, while sophomore swingman Cortez Ellison is another to keep an eye on. Wagner’s Northeast Conference title was earned on the back of sophomore small forward Josh Kornieck who was the NEC’s leading rebounder and 8th in scoring. Sophomore point guard Ilker Clover led the conference in assists.
#3 Colorado vs #14 Yale
Freshman two guard Steven Harmon led the Buffaloes in scoring (6th in the Pac-12) and sophomore power forward Jaquil Love was 2nd in the conference for rebounds. Scouts will also be watching senior combo guard Grant Sylla who is a chance to be drafted after finishing 6th in the Pac-12 for assists. Yale took the Ivy League title with a 17-10 record, with sophomore wing Jonathan Rivers earning an All-Ivy nod . The Bulldogs best player, however, is junior big Dustin Latham who was top ten in the conference for points, rebounds and blocks.
#4 UCLA vs #13 Northeastern
Detrez Owens and Odell Bracey joined the Bruins out of the same high school and have both made themselves available for the draft following a 21-12 season in the Pac-12. Both players were named to the All-Conference team and they finished 1st (Bracey) and 2nd (Owens) in points per game for the Pac-12. Bracey was also top five in assists and steals. Northeastern’s Amida Williams led the Colonial Athletic Conference in scoring as a freshman small forward and has declared his eligibility, although he has a lot of work to do if he’s to be selected. Matching Owens in this game would do wonders for his stock.
#5 Connecticut vs #12 UC - Davis
Super sub Latio Henderson led the 20-12 Huskies in scoring from the bench, just ahead of well rounded freshman swing man Devin Gaston, while sophomore point guard Michael Romano was top five in the CAA for both assists and steals. Aggies wings Bobby Lofton (sophomore) and Laquarious Pierre (junior) were both top ten in the Big West conference for scoring with Lofton also 2nd in steals, as the team took the conference with a 22-10 record
#6 North Carolina State vs #11 Presbyterian
Uman Akele is one of the mostly highly rated players expected to be available in the next JBL draft after leading the Wolfpack to a 20-12 season. The sophomore small forward was named to the All-ACC team after finishing 2nd in the conference for scoring, 1st in rebounding, 3rd in assists and 3rd in steals. Presbyterian point guard Eric Strong-Moore took out the Big South MVP, leading that conference in scoring and finishing top five in assists and steals.
#7 New Mexico vs #10 Kansas State
The Lobos were 24-7 in their Mountain West Conference title season, with freshman center Kellon Aldridge making the All-MWC team with the 4th highest scoring average in the conference. Kansas State went 21-12 in the Big 12, led by freshmen Chris Iroegbu (PG) and Patrick Champion (SF) who were 5th and 10th respectively among Big 12 scorers.
#8 California vs #9 Iowa State
Small forward Matt Goines (freshman) was top ten in the Pac-12 for points and rebounds in leading the Golden Bears to a 21-11 record. Seniors Grady Hoskin and Ahsante McCree are both projected as 2nd round picks. Hoskin has been effective off the bench at center while McCree is a versatile power forward who finished 10th in the conference in assists. The Cyclones were 22-11 this season, good enough for 4th in the Big 12. With six players scoring between 9.6 and 12.2 points per game, they have no obvious star player but their freshman power forward duo of Greg Chivichyan and Torloft Thomas are highly rated.