Julius Randle, Scottie Wilbekin have big chances to improve draft stocks in Final Four

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The Final Four only has one likely lottery pick, but several other prospects can make names for themselves and continue rising up draft boards.
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Julius Randle is the top prospect left in the NCAA tournament, but there are some other NBA-caliber guys to watch. This is what you need to keep an eye on during the Final Four.

7. Connecticut vs 1. Florida // 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS

This game is college basketball's version of the Senior Bowl. Florida starts four seniors and two of them -- Scottie Wilbekin and Patric Young (no. 48 in DraftExpress' top 100) -- are legitimate NBA prospects.

Wilbekin, the SEC's Player of the Year, climbed up draft boards during his final season in Gainesville. He's as well rounded as any college guard, able to shoot from deep (39.6 percent), pass (3.7 assists per game) and avoid coughing it up (12-percent turnover rate, per Basketball-Reference). He does all of that while routinely defending the opposing team's best perimeter scorer. He isn't blessed with great size (6'2, 176 lbs.) or athleticism, but he's smart and he hounds ball handlers in Florida's press defense.

Wilbekin frustrated Pittsburgh's James Robinson and Dayton's Jordan Sibert in Florida's last two contests, but Connecticut's Shabazz Napier (No. 56) will be his biggest challenge. UConn's senior guard is in the lead for the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He's averaging 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals in the Huskies' four tournament games. The senior can score in isolation and in pick-and-roll sets. He can stop on a dime for pull-up jumpers or use a variety of dribble moves on his way to the basket. He scored 25 points and hit a number of big shots late in the game against Michigan State's Gary Harris, a well-respected on and off-ball defender. He also scored 26 in an early-season matchup against the Gators. Keep an eye on that Napier-Wilbekin rematch.

Young is Florida's other NBA talent. He's a bodybuilder masquerading as a basketball player. Seriously, his biceps are bigger than his head. He won't provide much offense at the NBA level, but he sets huge, powerful screens, he's long (7'1 wingspan), athletic and plays with a ton of energy.

Other prospects in this game: Chris Walker, Florida (no. 40); Michael Frazier, Florida; DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut.

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8. Kentucky vs 1. Wisconsin // 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS

No prospect has helped his draft stock in the tournament as much as Wisconsin's 7'0 center Frank Kaminsky (no. 46). The junior big man is relatively mobile for his size and has range out to the three-point line. He dominated Arizona's NBA-sized front line in the Elite 8, finishing with 28 of Wisconsin's 64 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and netted three outside shots.

But Kentucky's frontline is unlike anything he's seen this season. The Wildcats have three NBA-sized big men in Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 13), Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle (No. 4). Cauley-Stein is likely out with an ankle injury, but the combo of Johnson and Randle is still a lot for Kaminsky to handle. Throw in little-used Marcus Lee, who broke out for 10 points and eight boards against Michigan, and you can see why this is such a challenge for Kaminksy.

Kentucky's big guys throw their weight around in the post and on the glass, drawing a ton of fouls in the process. Kaminsky will have the advantage on offense, where neither Randle nor Johnson have the foot speed to defend long range jumpers, but he will have to stay out of foul trouble. That's a lot to ask for against the Wildcats.

Randle is the top -ated prospect left in the Final Four. Against Wisconsin, he'll have a huge size advantage from tipoff. The Badgers start Sam Dekker (no. 35) at power forward, but Dekker is has the size of a wing player. He can defend smaller fours, but he isn't physically equipped to handle someone of Randle's stature.

Freshman Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes will likely check in early to match Randle. Kentucky's freshman star has struggled against NBA length this season and that's what Hayes brings to the table. Hayes is big (250 lbs), long (7'2 wingspan) and energetic. That matchup bears attention.

Other prospects: James Young, Kentucky (no. 27); Andrew Harrison, Kentucky (no. 47); Aaron Harrison, Kentucky (no. 62); Alex Poythress, Kentucky (no. 61).

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