By Kent Jackson, Respect My Blog
The Final Four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament begins Saturday, and Gonzaga center Zach Collins is the only player from the remaining schools expected selected in the first round in the upcoming NBA Draft. Several elite prospects saw their college careers end after the Sweet 16 or Elite 8. UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, and Duke’s Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are among the notable players who recently declared for the draft. More freshman stars are expected to do the same in the coming week. Many players didn’t do themselves any favors in March Madness. Ball was outplayed by Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox in the Sweet 16, and Tatum didn’t make the kind of offensive impact for Duke that people expected and Markelle Fultz and Huskies didn’t experience March Madness. Here is my third mock draft for the 2017 Draft class.