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NCAA Tournament prospect watch schedule: Friday, March 17th

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The NBA: this is why we tank.

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On the heels of Eric Bledsoe being shut down for the remainder of the season by management and #TankMode officially commencing, I have a feeling that Suns fans are going to have a steep interest in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Below is a list of some of the prospects that take the hardwood today, accompanied with where they rank according to DraftExpress.

Lucky enough for us -- Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum (doesn’t that sound like lead character in an action film?) have games that coincide with one another, providing some opportunity for real-time comparison.

The DraftExpress mock draft rank is in parentheses. All times are Eastern.

Lonzo Ball (No. 2): UCLA vs. Kent State, Friday at 10 p.m. on truTV

Josh Jackson (No. 3): Kansas vs. UC Davis, Friday at 6:50 p.m. on TNT

Jayson Tatum (No. 4): Duke vs. Troy, Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TBS

De'Aaron Fox (No.5): Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky, Friday at 9:40 p.m. on CBS

Malik Monk (No. 8): Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky, Friday at 9:40 p.m. on CBS

Miles Bridges (No. 12): Michigan State vs. Miami, Friday at 9:20 p.m. on TNT

Justin Jackson (No. 13): North Carolina vs. Texas Southern, Friday at 4 p.m. on TNT

Justin Patton (No. 16): Creighton vs. Rhode Island, Friday at 4:30 p.m. on TBS

Luke Kennard (No. 20): Duke vs. Troy, Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TBS

Donovan Mitchell (No. 21): Louisville vs. Jacksonville State, Friday at 2:45 p.m. on CBS

Johnathan Motley (No. 24): Baylor vs. New Mexico State, Friday at 2:40 p.m. on truTV

Harry Giles (No. 25): Duke vs. Troy, Friday at 7:20 p.m. on TBS

T.J. Leaf (No. 26): UCLA vs. Kent State, Friday at 10 p.m. on truTV

Bam Adebayo (No. 27): Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky, Friday at 9:40 p.m. on CBS

Semi Olejeye (No. 28): SMU vs. USC, Friday at 3:10 p.m. on truTV