The Final Four is one of the best weekends for basketball every year. The 2014 version should be even more special for Utah Jazz fans. The reason is because there are 11 players who are projected to be selected in the upcoming NBA draft (if they each make themselves eligible) on the four teams remaining. With the Jazz owning three picks, there is a chance some of these players will be wearing a Utah uniform to start the 2014-15 season.
Note: Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky is projected to be an early to mid first-round pick by DraftExpress.com, as well as Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com and numerous other mock drafts. Chances are he won't see any action during the Final Four because of an undisclosed leg injury.
Here is the list of the 10 players Jazz fans should watch.
After spending the majority of his first three seasons at Florida on the bench, Prather has played big minutes as a senior and has taken advantage of the opportunity. In 27.9 minutes a game, Prather is averaging 13.8 points a game on 60.3 percent shooting as well as 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Matt Moore of CBSSports.com projects Prather to be a late second-round pick.
Even though Poythress has had his role diminished from a season ago thanks to the remarkable freshman class for the Wildcats, he still has enough ability to be projected as a mid-second-round pick, according to Moore and Parrish of CBSSports.com's latest mock draft. Poythress plays a little more than 18 minutes a game off the bench and averages 5.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Young has been a key piece of the Gators for the last four years. He is an interior presence who is an effective scorer around the rim as well as a solid rebounder and shot blocker. Young is averaging 10.8 points on 54.1 percent shooting as well as 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game. In the latest mock draft from DraftExpress.com, Young is projected to go with the ninth pick of the second round.
Napier is the Huskies' No. 1 option and one of the main reasons why they are back in the Final Four after a two-year absence. He runs the show for UConn and is averaging 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals a game. In the latest version of the NBADraft.net mock draft, Napier is projected to be selected late in the first round.
Harrison handles the ball and runs the offense for the upstart Wildcats. Even though he has struggled with his shot for most of the season, he still managed to average 11 points a game as well as 3.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game. Harrison is projected to be a first-round pick, according to the latest mock drafts by Moore of CBSSports.com and NBADraft.net.
Walker barely plays for the Gators but has so much upside that he is projected to be the 21st pick in the draft, according to Zach Harper of CBSSports.com. Walker has played 16 minutes in the NCAA tournament and scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting as well as three rebounds.
Dekker is an athletic wing who can get to the rim and finish. Dekker averages 12.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists a game. In the latest mock draft from Parrish of CBSSports.com, Dekker is projected to be selected by the Jazz with the 23rd pick.
Harrison has been on an unbelievable streak from behind the 3-point line ever since the NCAA tournament started. He has made 13-of-24 shots from distance in four games, including the game winner over Michigan in the regional final. On the season, Harrison is averaging 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Harper of CBSSports.com projected Harrison to be selected with the 16th pick of the first round in his most current mock draft.
Young is the other dynamic starting wing player for the Wildcats. He has nice touch from the outside and can also get to the rim. On the season, Young is averaging 14.1 points. 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists a game. He is projected to be taken anywhere from 16th to 25th in the latest mock drafts from CBSSports.com and Draft Express.com. NBADraft.net has Young slated to go 23rd to the Jazz.
Randle has been the most dominant player on a young Kentucky team this season. He is a double-double machine (including all four games of the NCAA tournament), who is averaging 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds a game. He is the highest ranked of all the players in the Final Four and is projected to be selected anywhere from fourth to eighth pick in the first round. CBSSports.com's Harper has the Jazz selecting Randle with the fifth overall pick while DraftExpress.com has him going to Utah with the fourth pick.