Time running out for 5 NBA prospects

Updated: March 6, 2012, 11:54 AM ET
By Chad Ford

Time is running out.

For all but 68 college basketball teams ... this is the last week of any real meaningful basketball and their last chance at impressing NBA scouts before the NBA draft combine.

Yes, there's the NIT. And yes, scouting the draft using the NCAA tournament as a guide can perilous. But it's also reality.

Right or wrong, every year the NCAA tournament has been a breeding ground for the meteoric rise and fall of prospects.

This year it's never been more important.