Here are the wing players we are keeping a close eye on during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament...
Brandon Ingram - Duke. 6'9" 196, frosh. ...Ingram has upside for his upside. Many believe he will be either the first or second player selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. If that is the case, most of that selection will be based on what is to come for this versatile basketball player. Ingram is long and skilled. He averages 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 41% from beyond the three point arc. He is a 68% free throw shooter. ...Ingram will need to improve his decision making to THRIVE in the NBA. His assist-to-turnover ratio is in negative territory in his freshman season. Ingram's Defensive Rating is slightly better than the Duke team DEFRTG. Ingram was a 2015 McDonald's All-American. He was recently named the ACC Rookie of the Year.
Gary Clark - Cincinnati. 6'7" 230, soph. ...Clark averages 10.7 points and nine rebounds per game. He was the highest ranked player in box score plus/minus this season in the AAC. He recently showed his toughness by playing on a severely sprained ankle in the championship contest of the AAC Tournament, a game that went into four overtimes! Clark led the AAC in Defensive Rating last season as a freshman. This season he was second in DEFRTG. ...The question for Clark is whether or not he can truly play SF in the NBA. He has shown the ability to hit the three point shot this season, although in limited fashion (just 25 attempts). He is a terrific decision maker with a healthy 1.58-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He shoots 66% at the free throw line. I like Clark's combination of skill and grit.
The rest of the small forwards we will closely observe during the NCAA Tournament...
Shonn Miller - Connecticut. 6'7" 210, SR.
Daniel Hamilton - Connecticut. 6'7" 180, soph.
Georges Niang - Iowa State. 6'8" 236, SR.
Tyler Lydon - Syracuse. 6'9" 205, frosh.
Derek Willis - Kentucky. 6'9" 216, jr.
OG Anunoby - Indiana. 6'8" 215, frosh.
Anthony Lawrence Jr. - Miami. 6'7" 185, frosh.
Nigel Hayes - Wisconsin. 6'8" 235, jr.
Michael Young - Pittsburgh. 6'9" 235, jr. (See Micheal dunk!)
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