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College basketball’s regular season is over and the start of March Madness is almost here. So whether you’re a fan of an NBA team just tuning in for the finish of the season or a diehard hoops junkie obsessed with tracking the premium talent in the sport, the NCAA Tournament this season figures be a fun forum to get your fix.
In our latest NBA mock draft ahead of the Big Dance, the top two picks are stars on teams that are No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. If you’re expecting the tourney’s stars to be headlined by future pros, odds this year are pretty darn high that you’ll get an extended look at some of the likely lottery-bound players for the 2022 class.
As fate would have it, actually, the No. 1 overall seed, Gonzaga, is led by Chet Holmgren, who is the projected No. 1 pick in the latest refresh below. The 7-footer who weighs less than 200 pounds is dominating the sport with top-10 marks among all players in block rate and effective field goal percentage and has the rare combination of movement, scoring, creation and shot-blocking for his size to be considered as one of the most unique prospects in quite some time.
Holmgren is not a lock to go No. 1, though. A current four-man race to be the top pick is still ongoing and all four are 1-4 below on teams soon to be single digit tourney seeds. So as you prepare to fill your bracket out, use this mock draft as a cheat sheet to guide you through picks.
Our latest first round projections are below.
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