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While the Pelicans fail to reach expectations turn your eyes to the college world this weekend hunting for the next big thing.

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All-Star Weekend is not just a time to enjoy the NBA as it showcases its best and brightest in Toronto. College basketball is in full swing with a full conference slate over the next two days chock full of prospects who could don a New Orleans Pelicans uniform next season. Soon March Madness will arrive and every game will seem to have outsized effects on the draft grade of each player.

Earlier in the week I outlined a total of ten prospects I'm keeping my eye on between now and the draft. Eight of those ten play domestically and will be available on your television in the next 36 hours. It starts up just two hours from now when Jamal Murray will lead the Kentucky Wildcats against the South Carolina Gamecocks and won't end until Sunday afternoon as Denzel Valentine leads the Michigan State Spartans against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Prospect Team Date Time Channel
Jamal Murray Kentucky Saturday 11:00AM ESPN
Kris Dunn Providence Saturday 11:00AM FOX
Ben Simmons LSU Saturday 12:00PM CBS
Buddy Hield Oklahoma Saturday 1:30PM ESPN
Brandon Ingram Duke Saturday 3:30PM ESPN
Wade Baldwin Vanderbilt Saturday 5:00PM ESPN2
Jaylen Brown California Saturday 5:30PM PAC-12
Denzel Valentine Michigan State Sunday 12:00PM CBS

It doesn't get bigger than a rematch between Oklahoma and Kansas for Buddy Hield and the Sooners. If you recall, the Jayhawks handed Oklahoma their first loss of the season in a three overtime thriller in early January.

Hield finished the night with 46 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. He shot 8-15 behind the arc and 13-23 from the field overall.

Another target that is growing on me is Denzel Valentine. In his last five games Valentine is averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 7.8 assists a game while shooting 50% from the field AND behind the arc. His basketball IQ and court vision are extraordinary for a wing, even one with four years of college under his belt.