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March Madness - Five Players Pelicans Fans Should Watch During the NCAA Tournament

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Serious fandom: A look at the Pelicans potential 2nd round prospects playing in the NCAA tournament.

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March Madness is upon us! March Madness is my favorite time of the year. Now you might be mad that the Pelicans likely won’t have a first-round draft pick for the third straight year. But, fear not! The Pelicans will certainly have two second round draft picks (assuming both that Dealer Dell has not been canned and he does not trade them). To help keep you interested in the tournament, I have been doing my homework and prepared a list of my top five second round draft picks that Demps should draft if available.

NUMBER ONE - THE NEW HOTNESS - SUNSHINE - RON BAKER

Ron Baker is a 6’ 3" shooting guard out of Wichita State. Besides his beautiful golden locks, he sports 15 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.5 APG on 40% shooting from beyond the arc. Baker started as a walk-on but is now safely graded as an upper second round NBA draft pick. Baker reminds me a lot of Kyle Korver lite, not only is he a white guy with helmet hair from the Missouri Valley Conference, but Baker is also a guy who can nail open threes. Baker has the athleticism and wits to make smart cuts towards the basket. The Pelicans don’t need another guard but with Eric Gordon’s impending free agency, Baker has too much potential to pass up on if he is still there with the 48th pick.

NUMBER TWO - THE PRODIGAL SON - TIGER’S EYE - JARELL MARTIN

For those of you who hate LSU, let me introduce you to Jarell Martin, a 6’ 10’’ Power Forward, who plays for the hometown LSU Tigers. Martin averages 17 pts and 9 rebounds per a game. What Martin lacks in effort and intensity he more than makes up for in sheer talent and potential. If Martin had a more disciplined style of play, he would easily be a lottery pick in my opinion. Multiple mock drafts have him available with the Pelicans 48th pic. Dell could take a flyer on him and hope that AD can bring him around to be the force that his raw talent suggests he should be. If so, he could easily be the steal of this draft.


NUMBER THREE - THE YOUNG STUNNER - TURTLE TURTLE -  MELO TRIMBLE

Melo Trimble is a 6’ 2" (probably closer to 6 ft) score first pass later point guard out of Maryland. Trimble averages 16 pts, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds per a game. It is well known that Dell likes drafting attacking point guards in the second round. If Trimble decides to declare for the draft, Trimble could be the guy this year. The one thing that separates Trimble from other talented guards is his shot. Not only does Trimble shoot it from behind the arc at a decent clip, about 40% on the year, but his release is also lightning quick. For smaller point guards, a quick release is important, and Trimble’s is one of the quickest I have seen in recent memory. Hence, Trimble reminds me more of Kemba Walker than Trey Burke.

NUMBER FOUR - THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE - CAN’T GET RIGHT - ANDREW HARRISON

Andrew Harrison is the starting point guard on arguably the best college team in the last decade. However, Harrison has been nothing short of disappointing during his tenure at Kentucky. Thus far into his sophomore season, Harrison has averaged 9 pts, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists per a game. Harrison reminds me of a more athletic Tyreke Evans. Harrison is a tall guard who also packs power into his 6’ 6" 210 pound frame but has sick handles. However, Harrison neither has Tyreke’s court vision nor his lower body physique. Thus, he can struggle to run an offense at times and to finish drives on a consistent basis. Still, Tyreke Evans might be the perfect player for Harrison to learn under. If it worked out, the Pelicans could have another deadly wing player on their hands.

(Andrew Harrison is #5. His twin brother, Aaron Harrison is #2 in this video)

NUMBER FIVE - THE YOUNG VET - HE CLUTCH EM - TREVEON GRAHAM

Treveon Graham is the Senior leader on a savvy VCU team. You can tell Graham has been well coached. He plays with an extremely high basketball IQ, something the Pelicans have lacked at times. Graham is a 6’ 7" guard/forward with a 6’ 8" wingspan that has helped him average 16 points and 7 rebounds per game this season. Graham can score from pretty much any spot on the court, which is something unique for even NBA players. Still, it’s Graham’s ability to score in the post and rebound the ball that might intrigue the Pelicans. The big reservation for me is his lack of athleticism, which could see him going the way of Darius Miller. Still, if Graham can figure it out, I could see him having a similar career to Matt Barnes.

Have opinions about players Dell should be watching in this tournament? Be sure to leave them in the comments below!