The best small forward prospects in the 2017 NCAA Tournament

Jonathan Isaac - Florida St. 6'11" 205. freshman. ...Isaac has an unlimited ceiling. It will be up to him to maximize his talents. He can handle the ball at 6'11". He makes it very difficult for opponents on the wing to score over him. He will need to add weight. Right now, he is skinny, and easily displaced. Isaac averages 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He shoots the three-ball at 35%, and he makes 79% of his foul shots. He finished third in the ACC in box score plus/minus. ...His decision making could use improvement. He had more turnovers than assists this season. As a prep: totaled seven points and four rebounds in the USA Select Team's 101-67 victory over the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit on April 9, 2016.


Josh Jackson - Kansas. 6'8" 202. freshman. ...Jackson was the 2016-17 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He averaged 16.4 points (51% FG, 37% 3-pt., 55% FT), and 7.2 rebounds per game. Jackson has slightly more assists than turnovers. He scored 31 points, and grabbed eleven rebounds in his best game this season, a win at Texas Tech. ...Jackson was suspended by Head Coach Bill Self for the opening game of the Big 12 Tournament. Kansas then fell to TCU in that contest. ...As a prep: McDonald's All-American. He won gold medals at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships, the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships, and the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championships.


Miles Bridges - Michigan St. 6'8" 230. freshman. ...Bridges was named 2016-17 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He is a powerful, left-handed, forward that has enough skill to play on the wing or inside. He averages 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocked shots per game. He has an NBA body already at age 18. Bridges connected on 38% of his three-point attempts this season. He is a 68% free throw shooter. He has slightly more turnovers than assists. Perhaps his best performance of the season to date came vs. Purdue where he scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots. ...As a prep: McDonald's All-American. Was on the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team.


Next nine...

Deonte Burton - Iowa St. 6'4" 240. Senior.

Jayson Tatum - Duke. 6'8" 204. freshman.

Mikal Bridges - Villanova. 6'7" 191. sophomore.

Kelan Martin - Butler. 6'7" 220. junior.

Dillon Brooks - Oregon. 6'7" 215. junior.

D.J. Wilson - Michigan. 6'10" 240. junior.

Xavier Cooks - Winthrop. 6'8" 185. junior.

Semi Ojeleye - SMU. 6'7" 235. junior.

Justin Jackson - Maryland. 6'7" 229. freshman.