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Top NBA prospects in South Region

Updated: March 12, 2012, 1:03 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.

Rightly or wrongly, a great March can really help a player's stock. NBA GMs -- the real decision-makers come draft time -- are in attendance and tend to be swayed by what they see on the big stage.

Last year, UConn's Kemba Walker and Arizona's Derrick Williams boosted their stock with great runs. In 2010, Butler's Gordon Hayward, Ekpe Udoh and Jordan Crawford helped their cause with terrific tournament performances. In 2009, 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-Ohio'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? ESPN.com has 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 region.

We begin in the South Region, which is, by far, the most loaded region (from an NBA draft perspective) in the tournament. Given how loaded this region is (with potentially eight lottery prospects), we've expanded this one to the top 10 players.

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