Cleanthony Early's improved draft stock

Following Wichita's States loss to Kentucky on Sunday, ESPN.com's Chad Ford tweeted: "Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker both really helped their NBA Draft stock here."

Ford ranked Early as the No. 22 best prospect on his Top 100 Big Board prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and when it's updated the small forward will probably be higher.

ESPN's Jay Bilas is also impressed with how Early played in the two games.

Jay Bilas

Early among best performers of the first weekend

"Players usually don't get accolades after a loss, but Early was the best player in the first weekend of play. In two games, the versatile, stretch big averaged 27.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while hitting 21-of-32 field goal attempts, including 7-of-14 from three-point range. Early hit big shot after big shot, ran the floor and defended at a high level. For anyone that doubted whether Wichita State had any pros, the Shockers did. Early is an NBA player, and was magnificent in the tournament."