For college basketball fanatics, the first weekend of the men’s NCAA Tournament puts them in hoops heaven.
For Kings fans, it’s usually a chance to watch the player who might be the team’s next lottery draft pick.
Here are five players who could be in a Kings uniform next season, based on the team’s sixth-worst record and figuring Duke’s Jahill Okafor, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell will be gone if the Kings don’t land a top-three pick:
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky: The 7-foot, 240-pound junior is a key reason the Wildcats are undefeated and have such a fearsome defense. His offense is limited, but imagine him alongside DeMarcus Cousins.
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Justise Winslow, Duke: The 6-6, 225-pound freshman swingman is a strong defender and can score in a variety of ways, but can he improve his outside shot enough to crack the Kings’ starting lineup?
Stanley Johnson, Arizona: At 6-7 and 245 pounds, he already has an NBA body and is expected to be a top defender at the next level, something the Kings could use.
Devin Booker, Kentucky: Another heralded Wildcats freshman, the 6-6, 206-pound guard is considered an excellent shooter and defender, especially on the perimeter.
Myles Turner, Texas: If you missed Thursday’s upset loss to Butler, you won’t be able to see this 6-11, 240-pound big man play in college again. He’s considered a prospect, and the Kings need immediate help, so he might not be a good fit.
The Kings could go in a different direction; don’t be surprised if they opt for Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-1, 220-pound forward from Latvia, or Mario Hezonja, a 6-7, 200-pound swingman from Croatia.
What to watch
Men’s NCAA Tournament, Ch. 13, TNT, TBS starting at 9:10 a.m.: Eight teams will advance to next weekend’s Sweet 16, but which high seed will be sent home?
Trending on Twitter
#BracketBusted: With several upsets already, the men’s NCAA Tournament is dominating social media.
On this date
1945: George Mikan of DePaul scores 53 points in the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament, matching Rhode Island in a 97-53 rout.