In a tradition unlike any other in the world of sport, 32 conference tournaments will unfold before this year's NCAA Tournament bracket is unveiled during the annual selection show next weekend.
Before the big puppies -- the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Big East, and Pac 12 -- kick off next week, college basketball diehards will have the chance to witness other smaller, but no less captivating, knockout competitions this weekend.
To buy into the hype of this weekend's slate, let's highlight some of the best NBA prospects that will take to the hardwood in conference tourney play.
5. Joel Ayayi, Gonzaga
At 6-5, the 19-year-old Ayayi will have scouts drooling during conference tournament play. Whether he enters his name in the draft pool is up for debate, but the sophomore guard is certainly poised for a breakout showing this weekend for the Zags.