The Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is set after the Gonzaga Bulldogs rolled past the USC Trojans and UCLA’s Cinderella run continued following a narrow victory over Michigan. This weekend will present players with the opportunity to cement their collegiate legacies and carve out a place in NCAA men’s basketball history. It also affords certain players the chance to improve their stock for this summer’s NBA Draft.
Many of the projected top picks picks watched their seasons come to an end in recent weeks, including presumptive No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and USC center Evan Mobley, who could go No. 2. Nevertheless, there are some interesting prospects NBA front offices will likely be watching this weekend.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best NBA Draft prospects in this year’s Final Four.
5. Quentin Grimes, Houston
The Houston Cougars find themselves in the Final Four thanks mostly to a deep group of scorers and tremendous size and length on both sides of the floor.
But Grimes has real upside as an NBA Draft prospect.
The Texas native began his collegiate career at Kansas before transferring to Houston. He has made an impact in each of his last two seasons with the Cougars as a guy capable of scoring at all three levels and creating off the bounce.
Grimes is averaging 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists this season. He was less efficient in the midrange and around the basket, but shot a career-high 41.2 percent from beyond the arc on 8.3 attempts per game.
Grimes is unafraid to pull up off the dribble. He has pretty good size as a combo guard and displays athleticism on both ends of the floor. His defensive acumen and playmaking will be especially important against a high-powered Baylor offense.
4. Jared Butler, Baylor
Jared Butler is one of the headliners in a loaded Bears backcourt.
The junior guard has made a tremendous impact on both ends of the floor in each of his past two seasons. Butler is putting up 16.5 points per game on the season, also setting new career-high marks in assists (4.8) and steals.