As we inch closer to NCAA conference tournaments, front offices are ramping up their evaluation process for the 2018 NBA draft and beyond. Pro personnel executives downshift from scouting NBA to college, while NCAA-focused talent evaluators continue to travel from game to game, crunch film, dig for intel and scan statistical databases for potential outliers. While most top prospects have been more or less identified, each team and each individual front-office member has a differing opinion of any given player.
It's the teams that can identify the prospects poised to eventually exceed their perceived leaguewide value that are best suited to snag a Donovan Mitchell at No. 13, a Jarrett Allen at No. 22 or an OG Anunoby at No. 23. The organizations that leave the draft victorious are often those that don't get stuck in the groupthink that naturally occurs with prospect rankings.
Here are three prospects we evaluated live on a recent scouting trip who, to varying degrees, have helped themselves this season and could be in position to continually improve their stock as June approaches.