Stars of March Madness Who Could Land on the Cleveland Cavaliers

Greg Swartz@@CavsGregBRCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterApril 6, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 29:  Tim Hardaway Jr. #10 of the Michigan Wolverines goes up against Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half during the South Regional Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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March Madness is one of the most exciting sporting events in the world.

It represents the culmination of a year's worth of hard work, determination and perseverance shown by young adults in some of America's finest colleges and universities. 

For fans of the teams that are lucky enough to go dancing, it's a time to enjoy the present.

For NBA fans, it provides an early glimpse into the future.

For a lottery-bound team like the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's a prime time for scouting some of the top incoming talent.

The Cavs own four picks in the 2013 NBA draft, including two in the first round.  Here are some successful stars of the tournament who the Cavs could show interest in come June.



Second-Round Picks

The Cavs hold their own plus the Orlando Magic's second-round pick in the 2013 draft.  Both picks should fall around Nos. 32-35 and carry good value. 

Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

Now a two-time AP All-American, McDermott was the nation's third-leading scorer at 23.2 points per game. 

A tremendous shooter, McDermott dropped 21 points in a loss to Duke in this year's tournament after leading Creighton to a opening-round win over Cincinnati.  A junior, McDermott has proven almost all he can at the college level and should be a solid contributor off a team's bench in the pros.

At 6'8", he can play either forward position and would bring good experience to the Cavs' second unit with all of his college success.

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan

Buckeye fans won't like the pick, but Hardaway Jr. would be a nice pickup in the second round.

Never shying away from the big shot, THJ is an offensive threat coming from good basketball stock.  For the season, he averaged 14.6 points per game while shooting 38.7 percent from deep.

Often overshadowed by Trey Burke, THJ was a huge contributor for Michigan this year.  At 6'6", he has a great shooting guard's body and could help spell Dion Waiters off the Cavs' bench.

Late First-Round Pick

The Cavs' second first-round pick depends on the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff status, and thus could fall anywhere from 15-30.  While the draft lacks superstars overall, quality players can be found all over this range.

Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

A true 7-footer and defensive enforcer, Withey would give the Cavs a much-needed rim protector.

In his junior and senior seasons at Kansas, Withey averaged 3.6 and 3.9 blocks per game, respectively.  He can finish a dunk in traffic and has slowly developed his overall offensive game.

The Cavs desperately need to add a defensive presence inside.  If they pass on Nerlens Noel with their first pick, Withey could be a solid, late first-round pick.

DeShaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State

Thomas has officially declared for the draft, foregoing his senior season at Ohio State. 

For the season, Thomas led the Big 10 in scoring with 19.8 points per game.  In four tournament games, he increased that number to 22.3 points a contest.  He possesses an arsenal of offensive moves from all areas of the court which should translate well to the NBA level.

His defense is a question, however, and could result in Thomas slipping to as late as the second round.



Early First-Round Pick

The Cavs' first pick will likely fall anywhere from Nos. 1-5 overall.

Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

OK, so Porter wasn't an actual star in the tournament itself, but he did have an All-American regular season.

In his one tournament game, Porter scored 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three assists in Georgetown's opening-round loss to Florida Gulf Coast.  For the year he put together averages of 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 blocks in 35 minutes per game.

A jack-of-all-trades type of player, Porter does all of the big and little things to help his team win.  At 6'8" with a 7'1" wingspan, he has great defensive potential as well, and would be an immediate starter for the Cavs.

Notable NBA draft website has Porter going eighth overall, although I have a feeling he'll be snatched up much sooner.

Porter should be their first-round pick at this point, provided he's still on the board.


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