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4 Draft Prospects Who Can Take Over March Madness

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To a hoops fan, March is the best month of the year. There are always crazy upsets and can’t-miss buzzer beaters that force everyone to tune in. Another great aspect of the tournament is electrifying players. Every year, there’s one or two players who just take over and lead their team on a deep run, ala Kemba Walker. Below are five lower rated draft prospects who could take over March and lead their respective teams deep into the Madness.

1. Ja Morant

By now, most of you know the uber athletic Murray State guard. Morant averages 24.6 points, 10.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. He’s a triple double threat every night due to his immense versatility. His incredible dunks and ability to get to the rim seemingly whenever he wants make Morant a perfect candidate to go takeover mode. Morant has been hot lately, averaging 30.6 points in the OVC conference tournament. Murray State is going up against a sliding Marquette squad who fouls a lot. They are a perfect draw for Morant and his downhill style of play. For the Racers to make a Sweet 16 run, Morant will have to continue his tear.

2. Markus Howard

Howard is one of the most capable scorers in the country, able to pop off for 30 in any game. This year, Howard is averaging 25.0 points per game on 40.8% shooting from three. The Marquette guard has eclipsed 30 points 10 times this season, and even dropped 52 points in one game. Howard is a potential second round candidate due to his elite ability to score the ball, but he is very undersized, standing at only 5’11”. His first round battle against Morant will certainly be one of the better one on one matchups of the tournament, and could very well improve Howard’s draft stock.

3. CJ Massinburg

A name few may know, CJ Massinburg started off the season dropping 43 points on West Virginia. Massinburg is a versatile guard who can score from all three levels and affects the game on both ends of the court. The Buffalo guard averages 18.3 points and 6.6 rebounds on 46.4% shooting from the floor. He’s clearly capable of exploding on the offensive end, and for Buffalo to make a deep run he will have to. Look for Massinburg to be a late second round selection or one of the first undrafted rookies signed.

4. Fletcher Magee

Not only does he have one of the best names in the tournament, Fletcher Magee is also a great player. The Wofford senior guard averages 20.5 points on 42.8% shooting from 3. Magee is just three 3 pointers away from breaking Steph Curry’s made three’s in a season record. Wofford is a dangerous mid-major, and if Magee gets hot at the right time, he can lead them on a historic cinderella run. Due to his lack of elite athleticism, Magee won’t stand out as a draft prospect, but a team might take a gamble on him due to his shot making ability.

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