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Best NBA prospects in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16

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Millions of viewers tune in annually for the NCAA Tournament. Even with all of the brackets, betting and peripherals that come with March Madness, no one watches the tournament more closely than NBA scouts.

Personnel from the league's 30 teams will tell you scouting goes back much further than the tournament, and that a prospect's full work of art is considered. However, there is no denying a player can make a name for himself and see his stock rise thanks to three good weeks in March.

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Gone are Kentucky's Jamal Murray and Providence's Kris Dunn. So, too, are the California duo of Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb. Yet with talent-rich programs like Duke, Kansas, Maryland and North Carolina still in the tournament there's plenty of NBA talent on the court this Sweet 16.

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So who are the best pro prospects remaining in the tournament? Here's a look at the top eight still dancing.

Sweet 16's Best NBA Prospects

8. Melo Trimble
School: Maryland
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 185 lbs


The Maryland sophomore has averaged 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, but only 2.5 assists. He has also struggled from downtown, having connected on only 1-of-10 attempts during the tournament. If Trimble aspires to be a first round pick, he'll need to show more signs of consistency, particularly when it comes to shooting the ball.

7. Grayson Allen
School: Duke
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205 lbs


The Duke sophomore has played in every minute of his team's first two games, averaging 26 points and connecting on 19-of-21 at the charity stripe. Last season's NCAA title game served as his breakout moment as came off the bench to tally 16 points in 21 minutes. A confident player who can knock down shots, Allen is projected to be a late first round pick.

6. Thomas Bryant
School: Indiana
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-10
Weight: 245 lbs


The Indiana freshman averaged only 22.4 minutes this season, but he makes the most of his time on the court. He's averaging 16 points through a pair of contests, and during the Hoosiers' win over Kentucky on Sunday, Bryant scored 15 of his 19 points in the final eight minutes. That's the kind of performance that catches the eyes of scouts and puts someone like Bryant in the first round of the draft, should he decide to make the jump.

5. Brice Johnson
School: North Carolina
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 228 lbs


The North Carolina senior has averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds through two games. What really jumps out are the eight blocks he swatted in the Tar Heels' first round win over Florida Gulf Coast (he added two more in the second-round victory over Providence). Johnson may not have the same perceived upside as the younger players, but he's a safe pick for a team sitting in the middle of the first round.

4. Domantas Sabonis
School: Gonzaga
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 240 lbs


The Gonzaga sophomore has turned in a pair of double-doubles thus far - recording 21 points and 16 rebounds against Seton Hall and following that up with 19 and 10 against Utah. As the son of Lithuanian star Arvydas Sabonis, he possesses the DNA to play at the next level. If the Bulldogs' jumbo lineup can get past Syracuse, Sabonis will have more opportunity to solidify himself as a mid-first round pick.

3. Diamond Stone
School: Maryland
Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-11
Weight: 255 lbs


The Maryland freshman is a work in progress. Stone has averaged eight points per game, though he's not a focal point on offense for the Terrapins. A breakout performance against Kansas would certainly serve him well. Regardless, he has the body and skillset to potentially crack the lottery should he decide to move on.

2. Buddy Hield
School: Oklahoma
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 214 lbs


The Oklahoma senior hasn't disappointed, dropping 36 points to go with seven rebounds in a second round victory over VCU. While Hield finished with 27 points and five boards against CSU Bakersfield in the first round, the most impressive are his shooting percentages: 55.8 percent from the field, 45 percent from downtown and 84 percent from the line. Hield is looking every bit like a top-10 prospect.

1. Brandon Ingram
School: Duke
Position: Guard/Forward
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 190 lbs


The Duke freshman was already projected to challenge Ben Simmons for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. His performance thus far - 22.5 points, seven rebounds and 4-of-9 from long range through two games - has done nothing but bolster the notion that he's the tournament's best player. The more Ingram scores and shows off his incredible length, the more he'll be considered when it comes time for the draft's first selection to be made.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels defends a shot by Tyler Roberson #21 of the Syracuse Orange in the first half during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Chris Steppig - Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 02: Brice Johnson #11 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Marcus Paige #5 celebrate defeating the Syracuse Orange 83-66 as Tyler Roberson #21 of the Syracuse Orange reacts after the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at NRG Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 27: Malachi Richardson #23 of the Syracuse Orange falls off of the court in the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional Final at United Center on March 27, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: The Villanova Wildcats celebrate defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 64-59 during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 26: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks falls as he drives between Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats and Kris Jenkins #2 in the second half during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at KFC YUM! Center on March 26, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 25: Marcus Paige #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after a basket in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils goes up for a shot against Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half in the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at the Honda Center on March 24, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Ben Bentil #0 of the Providence Friars dunks the ball in the first half over Elijah Stewart #30 of the USC Trojans during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Kennedy Meeks #3 of the North Carolina Tar Heels rebounds against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basbetball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 17: Zach Johnson #5 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles dives to shoot the ball in the first half against Isaiah Hicks #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 17, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Roger Woods #0 of the Arkansas Little Rock Trojans and P.J. Thompson #3 of the Purdue Boilermakers fight for a ball during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Pepsi Center on March 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17: Taurean Prince #21 of the Baylor Bears dunks the ball in the first half against the Yale Bulldogs during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 20: DeAndre Bembry #43 of the Saint Joseph's Hawks goes up with a reverse dunk against hte Oregon Ducks in the first half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 20, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Adam Woodbury #34 of the Iowa Hawkeyes goes up against Phil Booth #5 of the Villanova Wildcats in the second half during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 20, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 18: Rasheed Sulaimon #0 of the Maryland Terrapins puts up a shot against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on March 18, 2016 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - MARCH 17: Derek Willis #35 and Skal Labissiere #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reject a shot by Rayshaun McGrew #11 of the Stony Brook Seawolves in the first half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 17, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MARCH 18: Isaiah Taylor #1 of the Texas Longhorns reacts after Paul Jesperson #4 of the Northern Iowa Panthers hit a half court three pointer to win the game with a score of 75 to 72 during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 18, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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