We are nearing the time of the NCAA tournament, with March and the basketball madness it always delivers right around the corner.
Obviously, right now, college basketball is a mess with lots of allegations and a major FBI investigation. But despite all that, basketball marches on as it always does at every level. There are games to be played and potential draft picks to follow and scout.
Interestingly, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a strong interest in the draft and the lottery that precedes it -- and that is a first in either LeBron James era. Most of the time, James' presence means the Cavs are too good to be picking high.
But that's all changed after the Cavs landed the Brooklyn Nets' top choice via the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics. Barring a major turnaround, the Nets will not be a playoff team.
At this moment, they have the league's seventh-worst record. So if everything stayed the same and the lottery didn't make an impact, the Cavs would be selecting No. 7 overall. NBADraft.net lists that selection being dynamic Oklahoma guard Trae Young. Meanwhile, the Sporting News has the Cavs taking Missouri forward Michael Porter, who has yet to play after suffering a back injury. And ESPN has the Cavs tabbing Michigan State power forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton, Duke big man Marvin Bagley, overseas swingman Luka Doncic and Duke power forward/center Wendell Carter are others said to be in the early mix for top five picks.
Now, it's too early to truly gauge how the draft might go. A lot can and will be determined by both the tournament in March and the lottery in May. Some could also be determined with how the season plays out and what types of veterans might become available. (Kawhi Leonard, anyone?)
Either way, teams such as the Cavs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Chicago Bulls are out scouting in full force and putting together their own mock draft boards.
That leads to the question, which prospects do YOU like, and who do you hope ends up on your favorite team? And it doesn't have to be limited to the lottery. Remember, there are always trades on draft night. So if you hope your favorite team can trade the pick for a veteran ... let us know.
Basically, share your thoughts about the draft and potential top prospects in the comments section below, and as always, we will read and join the conversation.