NCAA Tournament Elite Eight NBA Draft Prospect Viewing Guide: Saturday
by: Jonathan Givony - President
March 28, 2015
When do the top college prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft take the floor on Saturday for the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament? What will NBA scouts be looking for when they do?
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Note: The numbers listed next to players' names is their standing in the latest iteration of our Top-100 prospect rankings.

All Times Listed are EST


6:09 PM (2) Arizona vs (1) Wisconsin TBS
#2 Arizona #7 Stanley Johnson, #24 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, #69 Kaleb Tarczewski, #82 T.J. McConnell, #100 Brandon Ashley, Dusan Ristic
vs.
#1 Wisconsin #10 Frank Kaminsky, #21 Sam Dekker, #26 Nigel Hayes

The highly anticipated rematch of last year's Elite Eight overtime classic in Anaheim is on, with mostly the same characters. Again the question for Arizona becomes who how to guard Frank Kaminsky, who absolutely destroyed Kaleb Tarczewski and Aaron Gordon last time around. Tarczewski is likely to be on the floor for 30+ minutes like he was against Xavier, which means he'll likely be the one tasked with chasing him out to the perimeter and trying to contain his tremendous skill-level and footwork inside the paint.

Sam Dekker is riding high coming off a career-high 23 point performance against North Carolina, and he'll likely see a lot of future lottery pick Stanley Johnson in this one, which will please scouts greatly. Dekker was banged up for most of the season with an ankle injury and is finally starting to look like the star many projected he'd develop into in the preseason. He's playing with a lot more freedom and confidence, which has allowed him to show off his excellent athleticism for a 6-9 small forward. His defense has been tremendous as well.

8:49 PM (3) Notre Dame vs (1) Kentucky TBS
#3 Notre Dame #15 Jerian Grant, #25 Demetrius Jackson, Pat Connaughton, Zach Auguste
vs.
#1 Kentucky #2 Karl Towns, #5 Willie Cauley-Stein, #16 Devin Booker, #18 Trey Lyles, #41 Dakari Johnson, #62 Andrew Harrison, #89 Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Aaron Harrison

Kentucky's defense has obliterated everyone in sight this season, and there are real question marks regarding whether Notre Dame has the size inside to match up with the giants all across their front line. Notre Dame's NBA-bound backcourt of Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson will have to be really smart about knowing when to speed up and when to slow the game, as their defense cannot afford to face too many possessions against Kentucky's size, but they'll have to shoot the ball well from outside as well if they are to have any chance of keeping this game close.

It will be very interesting to see how Grant and Jackson are able to navigate their way around Kentucky's defense on the pick and roll, and whether they are able to do any damage inside the paint. Andrew Harrison should be able to continue to help himself with another strong performance here.
 


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Stanley Johnson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 05/29/1996
20 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mater Dei
Previous Team: Pistons , Junior
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2015 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
26.0 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 211 lbs.
Birthday: 01/03/1995
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Chester
Previous Team: Nets , Senior
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #23 in 2015 Draft
by the Brooklyn
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
8.1 Pts, 5.1 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Kaleb Tarczewski
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 243 lbs.
Birthday: 02/26/1993
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Mark
Previous Team: Oklahoma City , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 7.3 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


T.J. McConnell
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Birthday: 03/25/1992
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Chartiers Valley
Previous Team: 76ers , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
6.4 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 6.2 Asts


Brandon Ashley
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 07/15/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Bishop O'Dowd
Previous Team: Alba Berlin , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.2 Pts, 5.7 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Dusan Ristic
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 255 lbs.
Birthday: 11/27/1995
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Sunrise Christian Academy
Current Team: Arizona , Junior
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
10.6 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Frank Kaminsky
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Physicals
Height: 7' 1"
Weight: 231 lbs.
Birthday: 04/04/1993
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Benet Academy
Previous Team: Hornets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2015 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.5 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 2.1 Asts


Sam Dekker
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 219 lbs.
Birthday: 05/08/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Sheboygan Area Luthern
Previous Team: Rockets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #18 in 2015 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
7.1 Pts, 3.8 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Nigel Hayes
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 12/16/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Whitmer
Current Team: Wisconsin , Senior
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.5 Pts, 6.4 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Aaron Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 09/16/1995
21 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Archbishop Mitty
Previous Team: Magic , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #4 in 2014 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
11.8 Pts, 4.8 Rebs, 1.9 Asts


Jerian Grant
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 198 lbs.
Birthday: 10/09/1992
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: DeMatha Catholic
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #19 in 2015 Draft
by the New York
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
27.0 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 8.0 Asts


Demetrius Jackson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birthday: 09/07/1994
22 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Marian
Previous Team: Maine , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #15 in 2016 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
15.8 Pts, 4.9 Rebs, 5.7 Asts


Pat Connaughton
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 01/06/1993
24 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. John's Prep
Previous Team: Trailblazers , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #11 in 2015 Draft
by the Portland
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
1.8 Pts, 1.1 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Zach Auguste
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 07/08/1993
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: New Hampton
Previous Team: Usak , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.3 Pts, 7.2 Rebs, 0.6 Asts