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How the Final Four prospects fared

Updated: April 3, 2012, 1:00 PM ET
By Chad Ford

The Final Four is an exciting time for college basketball fans ... and this year produced another classic as two teams stacked with NBA prospects battled it out for 40 minutes.

The Kentucky Wildcats are NCAA champs, and it's likely that much of the team will go pro in the coming days and weeks.

Kansas and Ohio State also had their fair share of NBA prospects, and even Louisville offered up a few tantalizing options.

We spoke with a number of NBA scouts and GMs, and while they continued to maintain that, for the most part, the tournament doesn't affect the draft stock of a player, they were excited about a few prospects they saw. Here's a look at who helped and hurt themselves in the Final Four, along with a few other draft notes:

Who's Hot

Anthony Davis, F/C, Kentucky
The Final Four's Most Outstanding Player did his thing. Against Louisville he was dominant on both ends of the floor, finishing with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He shot 7-for-8 from the field and did it against an elite shot-blocker in Gorgui Dieng. Against Kansas, Davis struggled offensively, going just 1-for-10 from the floor. However, he added 16 rebounds, six blocks, five assists, three steals and dominated the game on the defensive end. He did show some of his weaknesses as an offensive player. Paired up against the second-best shot-blocker in the NCAA, Jeff Withey, Davis got a taste of his own medicine on one occasion and had to alter several other shots.

Scouts debate a bit on what position Davis plays at the next level. While his elite shot-blocking and rebounding abilities scream center, most NBA scouts and GMs see him as a 4. If he is, he'll struggle less with players who are stronger and just as long as he is.

Now that the Final Four is over, Davis is a lock for the No. 1 pick. The only thing that can derail him now is some sort of freak injury in a workout prepping for the draft. While he's still a work in progress, he's given every indication that he has the tools to be a superstar someday in the NBA.


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