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Top prospects in the East

Updated: March 15, 2010, 12:19 PM ET
By Chad Ford

It's March Madness, baby! It's the big stage for some of college basketball's best players to show off their games. NBA scouts and general managers will be out in force over the next few weeks scouting everyone in the Big Dance.

A great March can really help a player's stock. Last season, Tyreke Evans and Jonny Flynn rode strong tournament performances to high lottery picks.

In 2008, Derrick Rose moved past Michael Beasley on most NBA teams' boards with an excellent performance, while other players like Russell Westbrook and Brandon Rush helped themselves with strong tournament play as well.

In years past, Florida's Al Horford and Joakim Noah, LSU's Tyrus Thomas, Illinois' Deron Williams, Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony, Marquette's Dwyane Wade, Maryland's Chris Wilcox, Arizona's Richard Jefferson, Florida's Mike Miller, Miami University's Wally Szczerbiak and Connecticut's Richard Hamilton helped their draft position significantly in March.

Who will take advantage of the national stage to supercharge their draft stock this year? We've talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs over the course of the season to give you a look at the top five NBA prospects they'll be watching in each NCAA regional. On Monday, we'll start with the East.

East Regional NBA Prospects

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