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Top prospects in Midwest Region

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The Midwest region is, arguably, the region in the NCAA tournament most loaded with NBA prospects. Kentucky having eight 2015 NBA draft prospects has a lot to do with that. Overall, the Midwest side of the bracket features four lottery prospects, an additional eight first-rounders and several intriguing sleepers from mid-major schools.

Insider's NBA draft team has talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs over the course of the season. Based on their feedback and information, here's a look at the top NBA prospects for each of the teams in the Midwest Region, listed by potential lottery picks, first-rounders, second-rounders and "wait until next year" players. (Teams listed by seed.)


1. Kentucky Wildcats

Potential lottery picks: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Fr.; Willie Cauley-Stein, F/C, Jr.
Potential first-rounders: Devin Booker, SG, Fr.; Trey Lyles, F, Fr.; Dakari Johnson, C, So.
Potential second-rounders: Andrew Harrison, G, So.; Aaron Harrison, SG, So.; Alex Poythress, F, Jr.
Wait until next year: Tyler Ulis, PG, Fr.; Marcus Lee, PF, So.

It's no surprise to find that a team that is 34-0 and embarking on what could be a historic undefeated season is loaded with NBA prospects. However, I think many would be surprised to learn that Kentucky has just two surefire lottery picks.

Towns is strongly in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the draft despite averaging less than 10 PPG for Kentucky. He's big, mobile, can score both in the paint and facing the basket, and he's proved to be an elite shot-blocker and rebounder this season. Prospects like him don't come along often.

Cauley-Stein is still a work in progress offensively, but he's one of the most unique defensive prospects to come along in a while. It's not an exaggeration to say that Cauley-Stein, despite standing 7 feet tall, can completely shut down all five positions on the floor. There are 30 NBA coaches who want to sign up for that. He should fall somewhere between picks Nos. 6 and 12.