NCAA Tournament Includes Derrick Williams, Best NBA Prospect

Arizona is a 5 seed and is taking on the Memphis Tigers, a 12 seed out of Conference USA, on Friday.

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Derrick Williams Called The Best NBA Prospect In The 2011 NCAA Tourament

Arizona Wildcats fans aren't likely to disagree with this assessment from Tom Ziller at Ziller called Derrick Williams the best NBA prospect in this year's tournament, putting him ahead of the better-known East Coast players, Kemba Walker and Jared Sullinger. 

The big question with Williams at the next level is position. Ziller contends that he could play the small forward in the NBA as opposed to the power forward position he plays now.

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The NBA is all about isolation at the small forward position, which is where Williams could land. He plays power forward at Arizona, and DraftExpress projects him at that position in the NBA. But he's not likely to be an NBA-level rebounder at power forward, and his perimeter game -- especially off the dribble -- seems to be solid enough to allow Williams to at least flirt with the small forward spot

I am not sure I agree that Williams can't play the four in the NBA. He rebounds well (not great) and would be a match up nightmare for most power forwards. As with most of these decisions, it will come down to how well he can defend. At 6-8  he's a bit undersized for the four but he is strong and is listed at 241 pounds. The Suns play Hakim Warrick at power forward and while Hak's a few inches taller, he's also 20 pounds lighter. 

Williams perimeter game and ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the line reminds me most of Antwan Jamison. I could see Derrick having more value as that kind of unique four as opposed to trying to guard three's in the NBA. 


NCAA Bracket Announced: Arizona Basketball's Road To Final Four

The NCAA Tournament bracket has been announced, and the Arizona Wildcats basketball team has been selected as a No. 5 seed. They have been slotted to play the Memphis Tigers,  the No. 12 seed out of Conference USA, on Friday in the West region.

Arizona got to the NCAA Tournament by winning the regular season Pac-10 conference title and going 27-7 during the season. UA lost a very tough game to the Washington Huskies in the Pac-10 championship game 77-75 on an Isaiah Thomas buzzer beater.

Memphis earned its way into March Madness by defeating the UTEP Miners in the Conference USA championship game. At 25-9, the Tigers are a balanced team that finished in fourth place in conference play during the regular season.

Arizona will need to continue to play hard in this contest to come out victorious. 5/12 games are notorious trap games, but Memphis is a good matchup for the Wildcats. Of course, Derrick Williams, Arizona's star forward, will need to play at the highest level for this team to pull out a victory against this tough squad.

Should the Wildcats defeat Memphis and advance to the Round of 32, they will face the winner of Texas Longhorns and the Oakland Grizzlies on Sunday.

In the Sweet 16, the Wildcats would likely face No. 1 seed Duke, who is coming off a big win in the ACC Championship today. The elite eight would likely bring either UConn or San Diego State, two very good teams that would be extremely difficult tests for Arizona.

You can get a printable NCAA bracket right here, featuring all of the team blogs that make their home on the SB Nation network. It's perfect for office pools and for playing along with the NCAA Tournament at home. 


NCAA Tournament: Number One Seeds Announced: Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, and Duke

The top seeds were announced first on Selection Sunday, with Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Duke given the top honors in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Duke earned its spot in the top row after winning the ACC Tournament over North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. The only No. 1 seed not to win their conference tournament was Pittsburgh, but its body of work was good enough to warrant the top line.

Ohio State is clearly the best team in the nation, going 32-2 and having and RPI of 2. It defeated Penn State handily this afternoon. Kansas won the Big 12 Tournament and was also 32-2 in 2011.

All four teams are favorites to win their regions, though teams like San Diego State, Connecticut, Notre Dame and BYU are waiting to take down the top dogs. The rest of the bracket has yet to be released, but keep checking back for the latest information.

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