6 NBA Draft lottery prospects to play in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16

Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images /
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Corey Kispert, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images /

NBA draft prospect No. 3: Corey Kispert

Gonzaga is the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing, and the aforementioned Jalen Suggs is a major reason for that. But the real key to the Bulldog’s success could lie in the hands of Corey Kispert.

The senior forward has gone from being projected as a late-first round selection before the season to now being seriously considered for as a lottery pick or even top ten. He did so by leading the nation’s top team in scoring, averaging over 19 points per game while shooting over 45 percent from long distance on more than six attempts per game.

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He is considered one of the best shooting prospects in the upcoming draft, with comparisons to Joe Harris and even a poor man’s Klay Thompson.

Kispert has scored a combined 39 points over Gonzaga’s first two games of the tournament. The Bulldogs will take on the 5th seeded Creighton Bluejays on Sunday, March 28th.

NBA draft prospect No. 4: Franz Wagner

The 2021 NBA Draft promises to be filled with talent at the wing and small forward positions, and there is a chance that the 5th best one could be chosen in the top-14.

Franz Wagner has started in 51 of the 52 games that he has played in his two years at Michigan and was one of the leading scorers for a team that was near the top of the rankings for much of the season. He has a nice shooting touch and has the ability to improve on an already average outside shot, which would make him a solid rotational player in the league, at worst. He has size and uses it well, though his frame needs some filling out.

Wagner and the top-seeded Michigan Wolverines will take on Florida State in the Sweet 16.