Turiaf and Simien loom large in the Midwest

ESPN Insider takes a look at the Top 5 NBA prospects scouts will be watching in each NCAA region.

Originally Published: March 17, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Who's playing in the toughest region in the NCAA Tournament?

We'll let Dick Vitale and Andy Katz duke it out over that. What we do know is that NBA scouts can only be in one place at a time, and the chances they're hanging out in the Midwest bracket are slim.

None of the top six draft prospects from the St. Louis regional, according to Insider's projections, have a great shot at making it into the NBA lottery. That isn't to say there aren't some talented players here. For the most part, these players have been under-scouted, to a certain degree, and are probably more worthy of a second look.

But the reality is that big names draw, and most scouts will be out West or in the South checking out the blue-chippers.

Insider talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs to give you a look at the Top 5 NBA prospects they'll be watching in each NCAA region. Today, we look at the St. Louis bracket. Thursday, we'll tackle the West's Phoenix bracket.

Also see: South | East | Insider's in-depth Tournament Guide.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer