Potential Sixers in March Madness

ASSOCIATED PRESS Montrezl Harrell could be a solid NBA bench player.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Montrezl Harrell could be a solid NBA bench player.
Posted: March 20, 2014

WITH THE SIXERS in a historical downward spiral toward a top pick in the June's NBA draft, and the NCAA Tournament giving us 68 teams to look at this week, let's combine the two and become college scouts for the next couple of weeks.

We are looking for players who are talented, intelligent and work hard. We're not talking about potential here. We want guys who are part of successful programs, who are going to bring a winning attitude to the Sixers.

We already know about Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and the rest of the lottery picks. With the Sixers holding five second-round picks, we're looking for late first-rounders and second-round hidden gems.

We'll list possible players by school, uniform numbers and when and where we can catch them on TV.

* Adreian Payne, 6-10 senior, Michigan State (No. 5): He's big, can defend, has three-point range and plays for Tom Izzo. Good leadership skills. (Tomorrow, 4:30, TNT)

* Montrezl Harrell, 6-8 sophomore, Louisville (No. 24): Very athletic and plays above the rim. He can rebound, block shots and can be solid off the bench at the next level. If Louisville goes far, his draft stock will rise. (Tomorrow, 9:45 p.m., TNT)

* Markel Brown, 6-3 junior, Oklahoma State (No. 22): An undersized two guard but his terrific athleticism has him playing as if he's 6-5. He can create his own shot off the dribble. One of the most explosive guards in the country, who has added a consistent jump shot and improved ballhandling. (Friday, 4:30 p.m., TNT)

* Glenn Robinson III, 6-6 sophomore, Michigan, (No. 1): He's smooth, knows his way around the basket, has a nice midrange game and has been coached by John Beilein. (Tomorrow, 7 p.m., CBS)

* Melvin Ejim, 6-6 senior, Iowa State, (No. 3): The Big 12 Player of the Year, this Canadian can score inside and out, but might be an undersized power forward. (Friday, 9:45 p.m., TNT)

* Isaiah Austin, 7-1 sophomore, Baylor (No. 21): He's long, athletic, can handle, has three-point range and can block shots. Too much in love with the perimeter, but intriguing. (Friday, 12:30 p.m., TruTV)

* Nick Johnson, 6-3 junior, Arizona (No. 13): The best player on the Wildcats, his stock will rise as his team stacks up wins in the tourney. He can shoot, can jump out of the building and is a bulldog on defense. (Friday, 2 p.m., TNT)

* Patric Young, 6-9 senior, Florida (No. 4): Offensive game is limited but he can jump, is a banger, has a huge motor and will defend. A great fit for Sixers maybe at No. 55. (Tomorrow, 4 p.m., TBS)

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