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Jabari Parker must become more than a scorer

There's little question that Jabari Parker will be one of the NBA's top scorers immediately once he goes pro, but to become a true superstar, he must improve the rest of his game.

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Lessons from the 2011 NBA Draft

The 2011 NBA Draft class was seen as weak, just like the 2013 group. Two years later, there are a number of players picked late in that draft that have become very good NBA pieces.

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What Marcus Smart's decision means

Marcus Smart, a top-five prospect in the 2013 NBA Draft, has elected to return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season. The impacts will be felt wide and far.

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Burke, Dieng show why they are safe picks

In college basketball's title game on Monday, Michigan's Trey Burke and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng showed why they will be safe picks in the NBA draft in June.

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4 title-game matchups for NBA scouts

NBA scouts will be watching Monday's championship game between Michigan and Louisville closely. Here are the four matchups that will dominate their attention.

What Burke, Carter-Williams and Dieng must do

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The Final Four is a big opportunity for NBA prospects to impress scouts. What must Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and Gorgui Dieng do to steal the show?

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The rise of Gorgui Dieng

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng is one of the few real centers in college basketball. His emergence in the 2013 NCAA Tournament has dramatically improved his draft stock.

Marcus Smart, Anthony Bennett sent packing

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The two one-and-dones went one-and-done in March, but losing early will sting more for two low-major stars who fell on Thursday. Plus, a look at who to watch for on Friday.

NBA prospects Muhammad, McLemore in NCAA action

Potential NBA lottery picks Shabazz Muhammad, Otto Porter and Ben McLemore are in action on Friday in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Pitt's Steven Adams says he won't enter NBA draft

Pittsburgh Panthers freshman Steven Adams won't get a chance to improve his NBA draft stock this year, and he says he plans to return for his sophomore season.

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Kelly Olynyk, then lots of questions

Kelly Olynyk is the only sure thing in a West region full of borderline NBA prospects that could make a name for themselves with strong NCAA Tournament performances.

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Bennett, Zeller or Oladipo?

The East region features some of the best prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft, but who wins out between Anthony Bennett, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and others? The answers may surprise you.

McLemore, Porter lead loaded South region

The South region is deep with NBA prospects, but which ones shine above the rest? Ben McLemore and Otto Porter headline our list.

Will we see enough of Marcus Smart?

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart headlines the list of NBA Draft prospects in the Midwest region of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but will he stick around long enough for scouts to see him?

Kentucky's NBA draft bubble

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Will Nerlens Noel and the rest of Kentucky's hyped freshman class make it in the NBA? Jonathan Tjarks has his toolbox ready.

Isaiah Austin needs a good home

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The important thing for Isaiah Austin in the 2013 NBA Draft should be finding the right team to pick him, because he's going to need some time.

Smart is more than OK

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Oklahoma State's super freshman Marcus Smart is putting together a season like a guy named Jason Kidd did at Cal decades ago. Jonathan Tjarks looks at Smart and the Cowboys' other NBA prospects.

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Where should Shabazz go in the draft?

Shabazz Muhammad was the top prospect in the class of 2012, but his NBA projections might cause heartburn for the team that drafts him in June. Jonathan Tjarks breaks down Muhammad and the rest of the UCLA Bruins.

McLemore could be an NBA star

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With efficient shooting guards more important than ever, Ben McLemore could join James Harden and Eric Gordon in the new vanguard of backcourt stars. Jonathan Tjarks looks at McLemore and the other Kansas Jayhawks with NBA potential.

Hoosiers' NBA hopefuls

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The Hoosiers have two hot 2013 NBA Draft prospects in Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. Jonathan Tjarks breaks them and others from Indiana basketball in this week's NBA Draft Toolbox.

Does Coach K have any future NBA stars?

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Duke has been known for churning out several solid pros rather than all stars. Does that hold true again this year?

A lot still left to prove for C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo

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If the two NC State stars want to be high first-round picks, they can start with a big game against Duke on Saturday.

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Syracuse's Carter-Williams: the next Rondo?

Point guards who can't shoot typically don't thrive in the NBA. But when they do, they can change teams. Does Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams fit the bill? Jonathan Tjarks digs through his NBA Draft Toolbox to find out.

Gonzaga: the NBA's international pipeline

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Mark Few has turned Gonzaga into a factory for foreign players hoping to be selected in the NBA Draft. In Przemek Karnowski and Kelly Olynyk, he has two more in the hopper for 2013.

Otto Porter's odd route to the NBA

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Otto Porter didn't come up on the AAU circuit and stunningly he still managed to land at a top program with eyes on becoming a high NBA draft pick. NBA Draft Toolbox looks at Porter and his Georgetown Hoyas.

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NBA Draft Toolbox: Le'Bryan Nash, Myck Kabongo Among Big 12 Prospects Building Cases

The Big 12 has plenty of NBA prospects outside of Lawrence. Our latest NBA Draft Toolbox focuses in on LeBryan Nash, Myck Kabongo and Missouri's cadre.

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