White's stock rising but with concerns
March Madness is here again, and the most exciting event in sports is delivering.
NBA scouts and GMs tend to minimize the influence a great tournament can have on a player's stock. Yes, NBA talent evaluators never judge a player based off one or two games. But the tournament is some players' last chance to show off, and last impressions can be lasting.
NBA scouts and GMs were all over the country last week watching the NCAA tournament. I spoke to a number of them to see whom they were buzzing about. The list below doesn't reflect who played the best game or games. But it does give you a good feel for who scouts were talking about. It's a look at a who helped and who hurt themselves last weekend.
Royce White, F, Iowa State
No one created a bigger stir this weekend than White. Scouts were disproportionately congregated in Louisville this weekend hoping for a UConn-Kentucky matchup. Instead, they got to see White dominate both UConn (15 points, 13 rebounds) and Kentucky (23 points, nine rebounds, four assists). In the end, the Cyclones came up short against the Wildcats, ending their NCAA journey. But the debate on White's draft status has just begun.
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