Prospects to watch at NCAA Tournament in Orlando

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Magic fans will decidedly turn their attention toward the NCAA Tournament in the next two days, not only because the Magic are off until Saturday, but also because the Playoffs are already pretty much out of reach. Orlando currently holds the third worst record in the league and has some very good odds of landing a top-3 pick in this year's Draft.

Coincidentally, the NCAA Tournament brings its second and third rounds to the Amway Center. While there will not be any major draft prospects present at Amway Center, there will be two potential Final Four teams in Louisville and top overall seed Florida and plenty of interesting prospects.

To help you prepare for the NCAA Tournament, I chatted with Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army and Jesse Irwin of Cardiac Hill to preview the games in Orlando in the latest episode of the Orlando Magic Daily Podcast:

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I am on record of being a big Patric Young fan. I think he would make a great post defender off the bench and, while I was thinking about it last night, I compared his work around the rim to being Kyle O'Quinn-plus. There definitely feels like there is a place in the NBA for him in the late first round or somewhere in the second round.

The other guy that was interesting is Pittsburgh's Lamar Patterson.

Patterson is the Panthers' leading scorer at about 18 points per game and has the look of an NBA player. It looks like he can get to the basket and finish pretty well. Consistency is his major issue and, for whatever reason, scouts do not like guys who stay all four years. He is definitely one of the players to watch in the Orlando pods this weekend.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress made his list of all the prospects to watch this weekend. He definitely raises some intrigue about what Patterson can show this weekend:

Pitt senior wing Lamar Patterson started off the season as well as any player in the country, but faded quite a bit in the month of February as Pitt lost momentum and even started showing up as a bubble team in some Tournament projections. He's got a nice opportunity to finish out his career strong with a winnable game against Colorado and then a possible matchup with the Tournament's #1 overall seed.

The other player to watch is Montrezl Harrell of Louisville. Draft Express has him as the 20th best prospect in this year's Draft and 20th in their latest mock draft. has him 21st in their latest mock draft

Harrell is a bit of an undersized power forward, but is averaging 14.2 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game for Louisville. Harrell is a sophomore, so there is still a chance he will return to school. If he does enter the Draft, he could be a player to look at with the Magic's second first round pick if he has a good showing and can show he can make up for his lack of size.

There will be plenty moer scouting to do in Orlando and elsewhere as the Tournament gets set to kick off.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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