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The Final Four matchups are set and we're in for a great final weekend of college hoops with four big-name programs taking center stage.

Saturday, April 2 will start with a matchup between Kansas and Villanova at 6:09 p.m. ET, followed by the can't-miss matchup of the greatest rivalry in college basketball when Duke takes on North Carolina at 8:49 p.m. ET.

Odds, picks, predictions: Kansas vs. Villanova | Duke vs. North Carolina

All four programs are loaded with talented players but looking beyond New Orleans, who are the best NBA prospects moving forward?

Below we rank the 10 best NBA prospects in the Final Four. To be clear: this is a ranking of how these players project at the NBA level, not how they will impact the rest of the NCAA Tournament.

Ranking the 10 best NBA prospects in the Final Four

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1. Paolo Banchero, Duke

Position: F

Age: 19, Freshman

Height, Weight: 6'10, 250 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Potential No. 1 pick

Banchero isn't just the best prospect remaining in the Final Four – he has a case as the best prospect in the entire 2022 NBA Draft class.

The star freshman has been dominant this NCAA Tournament, flashing all of his polished skills that make him a projected No. 1 overall pick. From his smooth shot creation to his unique playmaking ability at 6-foot-10, Banchero has put on a show for NBA scouts.

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He was named the West Region's Most Outstanding Player with averages of 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting an efficient 51.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3. Banchero has done it all for Duke, even knocking down clutch shots late in games to keep their title hopes alive in Coach K's final season.

He has been must-see-TV during this tournament.

2. AJ Griffin, Duke

Position: F/G

Age: 18, Freshm Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Gear an

Height, Weight: 6'6, 222 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Top-10 pick

Griffin is one of the best scorers in the 2022 NBA Draft class and he's put his entire arsenal on display during this run to the Final Four.

He's built like a running back with broad shoulders and a strong frame, but he's still a fluid scorer through-and-through. He uses his stature to his advantage with good body control when he drives the lane and he has a soft shooting touch from both midrange and 3, whether it be off the catch or off the dribble.

There are times he falls into the background with how much talent Duke has on its roster – he's only attempting nine shots per game – but outbursts like his 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting to propel the Blue Devils past Arkansas in the Elite Eight show what he's capable of when he finds a rhythm.

Then there's the pedigree. Griffin is the son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach and nine-year NBA veteran Adrian Griffin.

3. Mark Williams, Duke

Position: C

Age: 20, Sophomore

Height, Weight: 7'0, 242 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Lottery or mid-first-round pick

While I had Williams going No. 17 overall in my pre-March Madness Mock Dra Arkansas Tech Jerseys ft, the sophomore center has made it clear during this NCAA Tournament that he deserves lottery consideration.

The 7-footer has shown he has every tool to be a rim-running, lob-catching big man at the next level. His 16 blocks lead all of March Madness as he has served as a stifling rim protector for Duke's defense. He's averaging 8.8 rebounds per game and is coming off of a strong double-double against Arkansas where he went for 12 points and 12 boards.

Williams uses his quick-twitch athleticism to finish efficiently around the basket, shooting 80.6 percent (!) from the field, only missing six field goal attempts the entire tournament so far.

He is the exact type of long, mobile and coordinated big man NBA teams are looking for.


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4. Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Position: G

Age: 21, Senior

Height, Weight: 6'5, 215 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Lottery pick

Agbaji hasn't had the best offensive NCAA Tournament to this point but the senior guard has still found a way to impact winning for Kansas.

His energy on the defensive end has been invaluable, suffocating opponents on the perimeter. After recording two steals and four blocks against Providence in the Sweet 16, he swiped another four steals against Miami in the Elite Eight.

Although he's been a three-level scoring threat throughout the season, he's had trouble finding a rhythm in the tournament. Agbaji Alabama vs. Auburn Rivalry Shirts is averaging just 12.3 points per game on .417/.267/.625 shooting splits, but he finally broke through a bit against Miami. Agbaji had an efficient 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the field to go with four assists, which is a better representation of the player he's been all season.

Even though he's a senior, Agbaji projects to land somewhere in the lottery in the 2022 NBA Draft class.

5. Trevor Keels, Duke

Position: G

Age: 18, Freshman

Height, Weight: 6'4, 221 lbs.

NBA Draft Proj College Cold Weather Jerseys ection: First-round pick

Keels had a tough pill to swallow at the start of the NCAA Tournament when Coach K elected to move him to the bench in favor of sophomore guard Jeremy Roach after starting in 26 of the 31 games he appeared in to that point.

While that move has certainly had an impact on Keels' production in the NCAA Tournament, I still believe he projects to be a solid NBA player who is worthy of first-round consideration. Keels is a big guard who can defend multiple positions – something we've still seen him showcase this March Madness as Coach K has used him as more of a defensive specialist.

He uses his size to his advantage against smaller defenders, asserting his way to the paint for buckets and he's a sound playmaker as well.

The Keels vs. Roach conundrum is the perfect example of better NBA prospect vs. better Final Four player. While Roach has almost single-handedly shored up major Duke deficiencies in the backcourt and could even be a dark horse Most Outstanding Player candidate in New Orlean College Cold Weather Gear s, he's not in the same class as Keels as an NBA prospect.

6. Christian Braun, Kansas

Position: G

Age: 20, Junior

Height, Weight: 6'6, 218 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Early second-round pick

Braun is an intriguing NBA prospect as he has all the makings of a 3-point specialist.

He's a tall shooter at 6-foot-6, capable of knocking down shots off the catch or off the dribble. He has shot 38.0 percent from 3 over his three seasons at Kansas and has knocked down 54.5 percent of his 3s so far this NCAA Tournament.

MORE: Kansas Final Four appearances: History of Jayhawks in NCAA Tournament 

Even though he's not a remarkable athlete, Braun still rebounds at a high level, averaging 7.3 boards over this run to the Final Four, and he has the size and length to hold his own as a defender on the perimeter. He's even displayed some solid passing chops, averaging 3.5 assists in the tournament.

Braun could be a sleeper pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

7. Wendell Moore Jr., Duke

Position: G

Age: 20, Junior

Height, Weight: 6-5, 213 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Early second-round pick

Moore is a great example of how sticking around in college for a few years can help you grow as an NBA prospect. The junior guard has been awesome for Duke during the NCAA Tournament, flashing NBA potential as a combo guard with his ability to play on or of Brown Bears Jerseys f the ball.

He's averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 assists and has been extremely efficient as a scorer with sho Cal State Stanislaus Warriors shirt oting splits of .548/.571/.941. His improvement as a shooter has been one of his biggest developments as a prospect, pairing well with his playmaking ability and size as a perimeter defender.

8. Caleb Love, North Carolina

Position: G

Age: 20, Sophomore

Height, Weight: 6-4, 195 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Second-round pick or undrafted

Love has put on a shot-creating, shot-making clinic during the NCAA CUNY Baruch College Jerseys Tournament.

The sophomore guard started the tournament hot, going for 23 points with six 3-pointers to beat Marquette in the first round. He also poured in 30 points (27 in the second half) with another six 3s in the Sweet 16 against UCLA and North Carolina would not still be dancing if wasn't for his scoring efforts.

MORE: How Hubert Davis led UNC to an unlikely Final Four

Love has every type of shot in his bag. He has flashed a variety of pull-ups off the dribble along with stepbacks and athletic drives to score wit FSU vs. Miami Rivalry Gear h ease. But for as good Belmont Bruins Jerseys as he is when he's red hot, Love is a streaky scorer and limited playmaker as we saw against Baylor when he had more turnovers (6) than points (5).

However, a pure scorer of his kind is worth a look in the second round of the NBA Draft.


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9. Collin Gillespie, Villanova

Position: G

Age: 22, Senior

Height, Weight: 6-3, 195 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Second-round pick or undrafted

Gillespie is as great of a leader and floor general as they come in college basketball.

He may not be the quickest player or the best athlete on the floor, but Gillespie can shoot the rock, he digs in on the defensive end and he rarely makes mistakes as a playmaker.

The 2022 Big East Player of the Year hasn't had his best tournament as a scorer, but he knocked down 40.9 percent of his 3s this season. He has grown as a shot creator (out of necessity for a Villanova team that doesn't have many pure scorers), proving he can score in the paint or out on the perimeter.

He only has four turnovers in four NCAA Tournament games and he always keeps the game under control with a confidence that never waivers.

MORE: Blueblood? New-blood? How Villanova stacks up with other Final Four programs

With head coach Jay Wright's recent track record of getting his players ready for the next level, why wouldn't an NBA team take a swing on Gillespie as a potential backup point guard?

10. Armando Bacot, North Carolina

Position: F/C

Age: 22, Junior

Height, Weight: 6'10, 240 lbs.

NBA Draft Projection: Second-round pick or undrafted

Bacot has been a monster in the NCAA Tournament.

The junior big man has completely controlled the glass in every game North Carolina has played, averaging 15.8 rebounds per game. His 63 rebounds are by far the most of anyone in March Madness and he is coming off of one of the most dominant performances of the tournament, going for 20 points and 22 points against Saint Peters in the Elite Eight.

It was the first 20-20 game in the Elite Eight or later since Hakeem Olajuwon in the 1983 Final Four.

Also averaging 16.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field, it's hard to imagine Bacot hasn't increased his draft stock over this tournament run. While he's a little clunky as a defender and hasn't shown any flashes of being able to stretch the floor, his physicality and motor should warrant consideration as a second-round pick for NBA teams.

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