6. Texas - Marcus Carr, G
Most intriguing attribute: Marcus Carr has struggled in a vastly reduced role at Texas but has shown in the past that he’s a more-than-capable scorer and can make plays for others when needed.
How he’d help the Spurs: If the Spurs plan on letting go of Lonnie Walker IV in restricted free agency and are in need of a microwave scorer, Carr could be a good temporary option for the Spurs if they aren’t enamored with any prospects in the first round of the draft.
11. Virginia Tech - Keve Aluma, PF
Most intriguing attribute: Keve Aluma is a very high-IQ player that plays consistent, smart defense and can do a bit of everything on both ends of the floor.
How he’d help the Spurs: Aluma makes up for subpar athleticism with good length, good defensive fundamentals, and smart playmaking. He doesn’t have the most upside, but there’s something to be said for finding a player that knows how to play basketball the right way.
3. Purdue - Jaden Ivey, G
Most intriguing attribute: Ivey is hands-down the most electrifying and athletic guard in his class to the point that he’s been compared to the likes of Russell Westbrook and Ja Morant.
How he’d help the Spurs: Ivey would provide the Spurs with big doses of athleticism, shot-creation, and off-ball movement that would fit in seamlessly next to several of the team’s current guards. Plainly, he has All-Star upside that the Spurs desperately need more of to pair with Dejounte Murray.
14. Yale - Matt Knowling, F
Most intriguing attribute: Matt Knowling is highly efficient in the paint on offense for his size and makes winning plays on defense. The in-game impact he offers far outweighs his deceivingly low impact on the stat sheets.
How he’d help the Spurs: Knowling’s entrance into Yale’s starting lineup is likely the reason they’re in the tournament to begin with. While not the bounciest athlete, Knowling has good enough length to be serviceable on defense at the next level, and his basketball IQ will only aid his play on both ends even more.
7. Murray St. - KJ Williams, PF
Most intriguing attribute: KJ Williams has good length at his position, a high motor, and remains aggressive on both ends of the floor.
How he’d help the Spurs: Williams could bring a big dose of energy in the Spurs frontcourt that is desperately needed. Despite being a junior, he also has a bit of upside as a shooter that could be explored at the next level.
10. San Francisco - Jamaree Bouyea, PG
Most intriguing attribute: Jamaree Bouyea is an impressive shotmaker that has improved across the board every season he’s been in school.
How he’d help the Spurs: Bouyea will almost certainly be another player that would have to work his way through Austin to play in San Antonio, but he’s a good shooter that plays with good pace and aggression and has been the spiritual leader of the San Francisco Dons. He’s a name to look out for in a potential upset win in the tournament.
2. Kentucky - Tyty Washington, PG
Most intriguing attribute: TyTy Washington is a vastly underrated shooter that has had a good but not great season, and he would prove to be a much better passer in an on-ball role.
How he’d help the Spurs: If the Spurs don’t feel good about Tre Jones’ long-term outlook as the team’s bench point guard, Washington could be a great option if he falls to the mid-to-late first round. A backcourt of Washington and Josh Primo would have good size, tons of scoring upside, and lots of good-quality playmaking.
15. St. Peter's - KC Ndefo, SF
Most intriguing attribute: KC Ndefo is an athletic wing that has a knack for finishing strong around the rim and playing great defense.
How he’d help the Spurs: Ndefo may not have the biggest impact on offense for the St. Peter’s Peacocks, but he’s certainly the reason they’ve won several of their games this year. He would immediately bring the Spurs more defense both on the perimeter and near the basket. If his shot continues improving as it has in school, he could be a sneaky good pickup in the second round or as an undrafted free agent.