In my annual salute to the NCAA tournament, here's the mock draft of draft-eligible collegians.
Not that it's a scoop in a year in which everyone has the same top five and in the age of the 24/7/365 draftnik, with the latest mock a mouse click away.
The others are weighted according to players' perceived intention. Thus Kentucky's John Wall is universally No. 1, but the Wildcats' other guard, Eric Bledsoe, a possible lottery pick whose intentions aren't as clear, is ranked No. 21 by ESPN's Chad Ford.
Meanwhile, scouts are flocking to the CollegeInsiders.com tournament to see Marshall's 7-foot freshman Hassan Whiteside, an unknown at the start of the season … as coach Donnie Jones locks down, bringing him off the bench in the hope of keeping him next season.
In other words, the situation is fluid, as usual:
1. John Wall, 6-4, 195, Fr., Kentucky: Last prospect rated as high was LeBron James.
5. Al-Farouq Aminu, 6-9, 210, So., Wake Forest: High energy, athletic, raw, coming fast.
6. Hassan Whiteside, 7-0, 235, Fr., Marshall: Marcus Camby-style shot blocker with game. Question is why he was off radar in high school.
8. DeMarcus Cousins, 6-11, 270, Fr., Kentucky: After troubled past, surprised everyone with production. Faded a tad and still deemed risky; another who needs a good tourney.
9. Greg Monroe, 6-11, 240, So., Georgetown: Great passer. Considered soft but finished strong. Says he'll stay in school.
12. Daniel Orton, 6-10, 250, Fr., Kentucky: Played little coming off knee surgery, but pros know all about him. Big, strong and athletic.
13. Eric Bledsoe, 6-1, 190, Fr., Kentucky: Compact, athletic, supposedly Kyle Lowry with a jumper.
14. Ekpe Udoh, 6-10, 240, Jr., Baylor: Transfer from Michigan, grew up while sitting out.
15. Xavier Henry, 6-6, 210, Fr., Kansas: Lefty who made 42 percent of 3s, was No. 2 scorer on Jayhawks.
16. Paul George, 6-7, 185, So., Fresno State: Dark horse rising.
17. James Anderson, 6-6, 195, Jr., Okla. State: Tough, all-around wing.
18. Mason Plumlee, 6-11, 240, Fr., Duke: Played little, but everyone knows he's something.
20. Larry Sanders, 6-9, 205, Jr., Va. Commonwealth: Smaller Whiteside with no questions about his motor.
21. Trey Thompkins, 6-9, 247, So., Georgia.
22. Stanley Robinson, 6-9, 225, Sr., UConn.
23. Quincy Pondexter, 6-6, 215, Sr., Washington.
24. Damion James, 6-7, 225, Sr., Texas.
25. Avery Bradley, 6-3, 180, Fr., Texas.
26. Dexter Pittman, 6-10, 310, Sr., Texas.
27. Kyle Singler, 6-9, 210, Jr., Duke.
28. John Henson, 6-10, 200, So., North Carolina.
29. Jordan Hamilton, 6-7, 180, Fr., Texas.
30. Jimmer Fredette, 6-2, 195, Jr., BYU.
They said it: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, supporting Dwight Howard for a second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award: "There's some really, really good perimeter defenders ... (but they can't) impact as many plays on the defensive end of the floor. … We're first in the league in defensive rebounding percentage. Why? Because of one guy, and that's a huge stat defensively."
•Suns GM Steve Kerr, who played on the hard-driving Bulls champions in the late '90s, on criticism of the Celtics' effort: "The reason we did it was because Michael (Jordan) was on a mission because we had lost (when he returned in 1995). He was a man possessed. He was (angry) at the world. He wanted to re-establish his dominance, so he just never let up. … I don't know why the Celtics would push themselves that hard. They have some guys who are older."
•Celtics coach Doc Rivers, asked if he has a preference of whom to play in the playoffs: "Yeah, and they're not going to make it."