Sport 2021 aggregate NBA mock draft 3.0: Checking in before March Madness
March Madness amid COVID: How will 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament be different?
On March 12 of last year, one day after COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic, the NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments. Selection Sunday is still Selection Sunday – March 14, specifically. At 6 p.m. ET, CBS will reveal the bracket for this year's men's tourney. It's the following week where things get a little weird. When does March Madness begin? Whereas in a typical year the First Four would start Tuesday, with the tourney kicking into full gear on Thursday, this year's First Four games are all on Thursday, with the first round beginning on Friday.
Which future NBA players will be playing during March Madness? Who have been the best players on the inaugural G League Ignite squad?
These are the kind of questions that many basketball fans are asking right now, especially if their favorite team is projected to have a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
Now that the NCAA tournament is on the horizon, and as the G League Ignite’s first year nears the end of the regular season, players have started separating themselves as potential top picks.
The top 25 NCAA men's tournament moments
It's truly one of the best times of the year for a sports fan, and over time there have been plenty of unforgettable plays, shots and victories from a tournament that seems to make time stop for those involved and those watching.
So in order to get a better sense of where all of the prospects stand right now, we compiled mock drafts from, , , , , , and USA TODAY Sports Media Group’s to see where the prospects rank at the moment.
Since our last update back in December, these are the players who have improved the most: Kai Jones (Texas), Sharife Cooper (Auburn), Taevion Kinsey (Marshall), Moses Moody (Arkansas), Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga), Davion Mitchell (Baylor), Nah’shon Hyland (VCU) and Corey Kispert (Gonzaga).
Below are the full rankings based on the latest mock drafts from top analysts and experts.
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