Okafor and Childress dominate the West

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

Originally Published: March 18, 2004
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
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Head West young men! Thar's gold in them thar hills!

Readers may think ESPN has an East-coast bias, but when it comes to the NCAA tournament, for the third straight year, the NCAA has absolutely packed much of the potential NBA talent in the elusive NCAA West region, or, as they're calling it this year, the Phoenix bracket.

This year you can check out the only consensus anything in the draft, Emeka Okafor, or see a pretty impressive group of small forwards and guards whom NBA scouts are in love with. Even the lower seeds have players NBA scouts are keeping their eye on.

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 finish our look with the West.

Also see: Midwest | South | East | Insider's Tournament Guide.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer