Draft stock: Highest rises, biggest slides

Updated: March 2, 2011, 10:46 AM ET
By Chad Ford

With just one more week remaining before the start of college basketball postseason play, it's time to take a look at the highest risers and biggest sliders of the regular season.

There's still more opportunities to impress. We know general managers sometimes put an inordinate amount of emphasis on how prospects play in the NCAA tournament, and there's also still the NBA draft camp in Chicago in May and individual workouts for teams in June.

But for now, here's a look at which prospects scouts were and weren't buzzing about this season.

Highest risers

Derrick Williams, F, Arizona Wildcats
7/1/10 Top 100 Rank: 26
3/1/11 Top 100 Rank: 4

We just did an in-depth update on Williams last week, but his stunning rise warrants even more words of praise. This is a guy who was considered a B-list prospect, a tweener, not an elite athlete and part of a dying program, but this season he's been absolutely terrific. This past week, Williams struggled a bit in losses to the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans, but he's still considered one of the top prospects in this year's draft.