Players Who Can Improve Draft Stock

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William Buford, G/F, Ohio State. Buford probably didn’t need to use this tournament to remind scouts of the struggles he’s had with a bigger offensive role here in his senior year, but that’s been the effect that these last four tournament games have had anyway. Buford has established himself as a decent shooter, but there isn’t much to show he can do more than that at the next level. He has shot just 29.5 percent from the field, and his status as a middle second-rounder—never a safe place to be—has been all but confirmed.

Deshaun Thomas, F, Ohio State. From an NBA perspective, Thomas has been hung with that most dreaded of labels: tweener. He is a very solid scorer and though his reputation precedes him, he has gotten somewhat better as a defender. “He can shoot, but does he have the...

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