- The start of the NCAA Tournament is here, and so is draft season. Before players begin to get knocked out and declare for the NBA, we present our latest Big Board.
Congrats everyone, we’ve made it to March. The NCAA tourney kicks off today, and essentially, so does draft season. Teams will get knocked out, their players will declare or not declare for the draft, and the whole picture will begin to get clearer. This is the third edition of this season’s Big Board, which ranks prospects in a vacuum as of present events, and does not adjust for team fit. This is not a mock draft.
Now that the self-serious part is out of the way, let’s get to it. It’s shaping up like a particularly exciting tournament, with 19 of our Top 30 players set to partake. There are a good couple dozen solid sleepers in the field who we can come back to later (trust me, there’s an arbitrary ranking of about 125 draft-eligible players buried in my iCloud notes). But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Things are getting serious and will only pick up from here, and you’re not reading this for the intro anyway.
Here’s SI’s Top 30 as of March 16.