The Detroit Pistons are the worst team in the league, so will be watching NBA Draft prospects closely over the next few weeks.
While most of the top guys are coming from outside the NCAA, there are still quality prospects in college and one or more of them could end up being Detroit Pistons next season depending on how the ping pong balls bounce in the NBA Draft Lottery.
March Madness tips off today for real, as it’s the first (non play-in) slate of games and there will be plenty of action for Pistons’ fans to pay attention to.
Here are seven games today that contain prospects that could end up on the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit Pistons: 7 NCAA Tournament games to watch today
Howard vs. Kansas: 2PM ET
This one will likely be a blowout but features two players on Kansas who will be in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Freshman Gradey Dick is one of the best shooting prospects in the draft, though he will likely not be in the Pistons’ range.
Senior Jalen Wilson is one of the wings the Pistons may consider in the 2nd round.
Texas A&M vs. Alabama: 2:45 PM ET
Another likely blowout, but it features Brandon Miller, the guy many think could supplant Scoot Henderson as the #2 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. He’ll get his first chance to show off his game today. Noah Clowney of Alabama is another guy who will likely go in the 1st round.
Illinois vs. Arkansas: 4:30 PM ET
This eight vs. nine matchup has a chance to be the game of the day, and features 1st-round prospects Nick Smith Jr. and Anthony Black from Arkansas. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Coleman Hawkins are projected second-round picks for Illinois.
Colgate vs. Texas: 7:25 PM ET
Freshman Dillon Mitchell of Texas is an interesting possibility in the 2nd-round for the Detroit Pistons.
N. Kentucky vs. Houston: 9:20 PM ET
If the Detroit Pistons were to drop to 5th or 6th in the 2023 NBA Draft, then Jarace Walker would be a possibility. He’s a big forward who can shoot the 3-ball and play defense, though he’s not the true wing Detroit needs.
Louisiana vs. Tennessee: 9:40 PM ET
This game features one of my favorite second-round prospects in wing defender Julian Phillips. Some mock drafts have him going in the first round. He’s a tough defender who likes to do the little things and is a guy who would fit in well with Detroit if he falls to the early 2nd round.
UNC Asheville vs. UCLA: 10:05 PM ET
If the Pistons decided to go with a scorer in the second round, then Jaime Jaquez Jr. will get a look, as he is a senior who can get buckets, rebound and may be ready to contribute to an NBA bench right away. He will start his tournament run tonight, hoping to lead two seed UCLA to the Final Four.