Day One of the NCAA Tournament was nuts, with crazy comebacks, choke jobs and a record-setting five one-point finishes. There were also several great performances by NBA prospects, as well as a few poor ones.
Day Two of March Madness wasn’t quite as nutty, but there were again plenty of draft hopefuls in action. Let’s take stock of some of these players after their games.
Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones – The trio of Duke phenoms killed it in an easy 85-56 win over hapless Robert Morris. Okafor did his thing on the low block, pouring in 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting in just 21 minutes of action. (Coach K was NOT happy about one of the misses, though.) The potential No. 1 pick had just three rebounds, but that’s because Winslow was busy snatching up 11 of them. Winslow only tallied six points on the night, but he showed off his complete game with those 11 boards and seven assists. That kind of versatility is what makes him such a highly touted prospect and a possible top 10 pick. Jones also notched seven assists on the night, and he added 10 points and two steals. Great performances from the freshmen.
Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes – Frank the Tank was at it again for Wisconsin, notching 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting in an 86-72 win over Coastal Carolina. He also showed off his outside stroke by going 3-of-5 from deep. He’s the most efficient player in the country and showed it once again. In addition to his prolific scoring, he grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out four assists. Meanwhile, Dekker had 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting overall and 4-of-8 from three. The three-point shooting was a big plus considering he has struggled with his outside shot this season. Finally, Hayes had 15 points and eight rebounds, with a whopping seven of those coming on the offensive end. The sophomore also had three assists in a typical, strong all-around effort.
Justin Anderson – Anderson really struggled for Virginia in the ACC Tournament after first breaking a finger and then undergoing an appendectomy, scoring 0 points in 26 minutes over two games. But Anderson looked like his old shelf in a surprisingly tough game against Belmont. In 26 minutes off the bench, he put up 15 points and five rebounds while shooting 4-of-6 from the field. He also went 6-of-7 from the line, and while four of those free throws were with the game already in hand, it was still great to see the junior look more like his old self.
Yogi Ferrell – Indiana almost pulled off an upset of Wichita State, and Ferrell was a big reason why. The diminutive point guard had 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting overall, 4-of-6 from three and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Ferrell is a talented scorer and fearless despite his small stature. His height would likely be a problem defensively at the next level (and Wichita State point guard Fred VanVleet had 27 points), but we’ve seen players like Aaron Brooks and Nate Robinson carve out spots in the league because they can score, so Ferrell may be able to do the same.
Domantas Sabonis – The Gonzaga freshman (and son of Arvydas Sabonis) came off the bench and played well in a win over North Dakota State. Sabonis scored seven points on 3-of-4 shooting, but the most impressive part of his effort was the 11 boards in 23 minutes, with five of them of the offensive variety. The 1-of-4 free throw shooting was the only real black mark on the day. A few more good games could help get him some first-round buzz for this year.
Kris Dunn – Dunn had a night to forget as Providence was upset by 11th-seeded Dayton, in rather convincing fashion as well. Not only did Dunn score just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but he turned the ball over seven times and fouled out of the game. The point guard racked up four assists, but it wasn’t a pretty performance overall. DraftExpress has him just outside the lottery now, and this performance won’t help.
Jake Layman – Maryland’s do-it-all swingman didn’t do too much in the Terrapins’ 65-62 victory over Valparaiso. Layman missed the only shot he took and finished with four points and five rebounds before fouling out on an offensive foul on a key possession late in the game. Layman also wasn’t able to do much to slow down Valparaiso’s Alec Peters, who scored a game-high 18 points. Not a great way to potentially play himself into a first-round pick.
Montrezl Harrell – Harrell had a quiet game in Louisville’s narrow victory over UC Irvine, putting up just eight points and four rebounds in 38 minutes. He only shot 3-of-8 from the field and didn’t record a single block or assist. Perhaps his poor performance had something to do with the army of giant men in the Anteaters’ frontcourt, but this was certainly a disappointing effort nonetheless.