4 Future Pros You May Not Know
Keith Clanton, PF, Central Florida â€“ The 6-8, 245-pounder was already putting together a solid resume for NBA scouts, but now his 20-point effort in the upset win over UConn gives him a signature moment to build around. Clanton also had 28 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks against Charleston earlier in the weekend.
Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina â€“ His one-on-one matchup with Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor on Wednesday will be the last time Marshall appears on any “you might not know this guy” database. He’s the best pure passer I’ve seen in college over the last two seasons and could finish the Wisconsin game known as the best point guard in the nation. Marshall handed out 14 assists to go with six steals in another clinic against South Carolina, and had eight dimes and seven points in the UNLV loss.
Mike Scott, PF, Virginia â€“ Standing 6-8 and knocking on 250 pounds, Scott is one of those guys you’ll forget all about until he’s playing key playoff minutes for an NBA title contender. Scott posted 15 points and 10 rebounds against Wisconsin-Green Bay, in line with his senior-year averages.
Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota â€“ He could slip into the NBA Draft’s second round because he’s an “old” senior, but Mbakwe has first-round talent. (He played his freshman year at Marquette, transferred to a junior college, and then sat out another year while trying to get out from under an assault charge.) He’s a high-energy leaper at 6-8, 240 pounds, who will contribute as a rebounder and finisher in the pros. Mbakwe had 16 points and 12 rebounds against DePaul, nine points and nine boards against Indiana State, and nine points and two blocks against Dayton. (UPDATE: Minnesota announced Monday that Mbakwe is likely out for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL suffered in the Dayton game.)