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Best NBA prospects in the Washington (D.C.) Region

Updated: March 14, 2006, 2:50 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
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It's March Madness, baby!

College basketball's best players will have as many as six games to show off their skills.

NBA scouts and general managers will be out in force over the next few weeks scouting everyone in the Big Dance.

A great March really can help a player's stock for June's NBA Draft. Last year, UNC's Sean May rose from the late first round to the lottery with his amazing performance for the Tar Heels, while Illinois' Deron Williams surpassed Chris Paul on many talent evaluators' boards as the top point guard in the draft with his stellar play in the tournament.

In 2004, UConn's Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, Stanford's Josh Childress, Duke's Luol Deng, BYU's Rafael Araujo and Arizona's Andre Iguodala all rode strong performances into the lottery.

In 2003, Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony, Marquette's Dwyane Wade, Central Michigan's Chris Kaman and Kansas' Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison used the tournament to catapult themselves into the lottery.

In previous years, Maryland's Chris Wilcox, Arizona's Richard Jefferson, Florida's Mike Miller, Miami-Ohio's Wally Szczerbiak and Connecticut's Richard Hamilton helped their draft positions significantly in March.

This year, with such an open draft field, a number of players could take advantage of the national stage to supercharge their draft stock.

Who will it be this year? ESPN Insider talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs to give you a look at the top five NBA prospects (and a few more) they'll be watching in each NCAA region.

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