The Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four is set! In case you’ve been taking a break from March Madness because your bracket was busted, or now intrigued here are the 2021 NBA Draft Final Four prospects to watch this weekend!
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA
An 11th seed out of the First Four makes the Final Four. UCLA marks the first time a First Four team makes the Final Four since Virginia Commonwealth University did in the 2011 Tournament. On the flip side, Gonzaga has won 30 straight games and their undefeated season continues.
Jalen Suggs – Gonzaga (Guard)
Suggs is a Freshman who already is in the mix of top 5 pick considerations in the 2021 NBA Draft. The future star guard is said to have star potential further in the NBA. Suggs is shooting 50-percent from the field this season. His speedy ability and composure to finish well at the rim make him an offensive threat that is difficult to guard. He will be considered as one of the top guards in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Corey Kispert – Gonzaga (Forward)
Kispert is a 6’7 Senior that keeps the frontcourt for Gonzaga well balanced. If you look at this season you may not see Kispert’s name in the mix of season leaders in points or rebounds (that actually goes to Drew Timme). Kispert’s three-point shooting is the best on Gonzaga this season. He is shooting the three-ball at 43-percent which is the best out of Zaga’s starting five. The Forward is a long-range shooter but the expectation of him being an overall player especially on the defensive end is unlikely. He is projected to go as a late lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Johnny Juzang – UCLA (Forward)
A potential Idol of March according to our very own John Glowatz. Here is a guy that came back home and also was looking for an opportunity to elevate his game. Juzang spent his Freshman season at Kentucky primarily as a role player. He serviced the Wildcats as a spot-up shooter more than getting an opportunity to be the main attraction on offense. Juzang isn’t going to wow you with athleticism but he is more so a prolific scorer that makes it look easy. His Elite 8 game against Michigan surely helped his draft stock rise. He scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (58-percent). Johnny is a 6’6 Forward that is projected in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft at this time. This Final Four can make or break his draft stock.
Honorable mentions: Drew Timme – Gonzaga (Forward), Joel Ayayi – Gonzaga (Guard), and quite frankly mostly Gonzaga players are the best 2021 NBA Draft prospects in this Final Four
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston
The Midwest region featured No. 1 Illinois who was most likely projected as the winner of the region. However, Loyola-Chicago had other plans in the second-round and ended the Fighting Illini’s hopes of a Final Four run early. Houston returns to the Final Four for the first time since 1984 when a team dubbed “Phil Slama Jama” made the tournament’s Final Four. Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon sound familiar? Both now retired from their respective NBA careers sure puts the time frame into perspective. Baylor enters the Final Four after last being there in 1950.
Davion Mitchell – Baylor (Guard)
He wears 45 and his name is Mitchell across the back of his jersey. Could he be confused with a potential NBA look-alike? Probably not physically but I would say it’s fair to compare his game similar to a Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. A late bloomer for Baylor but nonetheless a difficult player to guard. His speed and ability to change pace quickly and finish the rim make it difficult for any team to defend. I sort of compare him to Kemba Walker as he’s a bit shorter listed at 6’2. His speed is getting attention and causing his draft stock to rise into a potential lottery pick. Mitchell as a top 10 lottery pick may be the highest ceiling for him but unlikely to be a franchise turnaround player.
Jared Butler – Baylor (Guard)
Here is the other guard in this game that the 2021 NBA Draft could possibly be kind to. He is not a “pass first” point guard but could make his way into the NBA first as a scoring guard. He’s a bit undersized at 6’3 for the two-guard spot but can knock down the three-ball. Butler’s 16.5 points per game led Baylor in scoring all season long.
Quentin Grimes – Houston (Forward)
Likewise Juzang, Quentin Grimes played his Freshman season elsewhere which happened to be in Kansas. Now in his Junior season, he’s making a slow climb into the 2021 NBA Draft boards. He averages 18 points on 40-percent shooting for the Cougars on the season. Grimes may not show up on any first-round draft boards but the Final Four could help him boost himself as a second-round pick at best.
Beyond the 2021 NBA Draft – Final Four Prospects see Glo’s Idols of March for this 2021 March Madness Tournament