The Sixers in this year's draft not only will have potentially two lottery picks but also a whopping five second-round picks. Sam Hinkie and company over the weekend undoubtedly had their eyes fixed on AT&T Stadium and the Final Four.
By now, we're all aware of Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and the rest of the guys at the top of the draft. But here are five players from the Final Four, who -- assuming they all enter the draft -- could be in play for the Sixers in the second round.
1. Patric Young, Florida
Senior, PF, 6-foot-9
Young’s Gators were bounced by UConn in the semifinals Saturday, but it wasn’t because of the Jacksonville native. With his chiseled physique and unquestionable energy, he was nearly impossible to stop inside. He showed a bit of everything, except for an outside touch. His footwork, coupled with his athleticism and post moves, allowed him to drop 19 points in a losing effort.
The obvious issue for Young is his height. There are swingmen in the NBA as tall as he is. Still, with his motor and mass (240 pounds), he showed why he’s very much worthy of a second-round pick.
2. Shabazz Napier, UConn
Senior, G, 6-foot-1
Napier's run through the tournament -- which earned him the most outstanding player award -- may have taken him all the way from the second round to the lottery. More so than anyone else, his draft range is a little hard to pin down right now.
The most impressive aspect of his play in the Final Four wasn't his shooting, passing or ball-handling skills (though, they were all impressive). It was his complete control and leadership at the point that was so crucial to UConn's success. That kind of leadership is something NBA general manager's drool over. Napier mastered the perfect balance of unselfishness and the one-man banding.
With Michael Carter-Williams in the mix, the Sixers probably wouldn't spend a first-round pick on Napier. But if he were to fall to them in the second round, where he's been projected all year, they'd be silly not to grab him.
3. Dakari Johnson, Kentucky
Freshman, C, 7-foot
We could probably list all of Kentucky's impressive freshman -- and will list two more -- but Johnson is probably the least-known Wildcat draft prospect after spending the season in Randle's shadow.
Working in Johnson's favor is his size, which is never a bad thing in the association, while his lack of athleticism could be a liability on the next level. While he will battle and is very aggressive, he didn't show much of a motor.
Already without a special skill set, losing his cool didn't help his case. In the first half against Wisconsin, Johnson shoved Frank Kaminsky after a hard foul during an already rough game.
His Final Four showing probably didn't help his draft stock, but in the NBA, big men are always in high demand.
4. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Freshman, G, 6-foot-5
Harrison showed flashes of brilliance in the national championship game. He, like his brother, Andrew, was in early foul trouble against Wisconsin and only had eight points in the semifinal. Of course, three of those eight sent the Wildcats to the title game courtesy his game-winning shot.
That wasn't the first time he laughed in pressure's face. He accounted for three game-winners in the NCAA tournament. Just like Napier, his postseason play may have propelled him out of the second round, assuming he declares for the draft.
Harrison would be a perfect addition to the Sixers' rebuilding effort. It would be nice to have a developing 2-guard with MCW, especially one who isn't afraid to shoot in the clutch.
5. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Freshman, G, 6-foot-5
Unlike his twin brother whom we just discussed, the Sixers would probably have zero interest in Andrew.
It's not because of lack of talent. Harrison has a knack for getting to the free-throw line. When he was penetrating, driving and drawing the defense's attention, the Wildcats thrived. He's an unselfish player who allowed Randle, James Young, and the rest of Kentucky's young, talent-laden squad to perform at their peak.
The problem is that there were too many times when he simply wasn't a factor on the court. At point guard, that simply can't happen.
His defense was key to Kentucky's second comeback and almost-title run, but he isn't the fit for the Sixers that his brother is.