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While the National Championship game had historic drama as a finish, our Bracket Challenge had a quiet end that saw nobody pick the eventual champs. We look at our top 3

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Hey there community! March Madness has come to a close, and with it we have a new national champ crowned in Villanova. What a game, and what a finish that will not soon be forgotten.

Kris Jenkins cements himself in NCAA history, and so does a GSOM Community member for winning our bracket challenge, Robin! Let's break down our top three brackets:

  1. Robin - 110 Points total With the best bracket out of 57 entries, Robin actually only got 2 of the 4 final four teams right. The benefit came from nailing the champ matchup, and being lucky that not a single bracket out of 57 picked Nova to win it all. Robin also picked 5 of the Elite 8 on the way to the title. Email me at jeff.cheal@gmail.com to discuss your prize!
  2. Davis - 104 Points total Davis was victimized by Michigan St.'s first round exit, but was able to get 3 of the 4 Final Four teams. The Spartans really messed with many people's predictions, and Davis did their best to recover, falling just short.
  3. j - 103 Points total Just like Davis above, was victimized by the Spartans. It's ok, guys. When Denzel Valentine is a Warrior next year, you'll love the team again.

Warriors Draft Prospects

Now that the tournament is over, we can start looking at who took the largest jump in the pre-draft rankings, and who is ending up on the Warriors radar at pick #30. Golden State will have no 2nd Round pick (sent to Utah), which is probably just fine in a draft many are calling quite shallow. Here are the current prospects that have been tied to the Warriors at the end of round #1:

  • Chris LeVert - SG Michigan (NBADraft.netSI.com) - LeVert is an undersized SG who probably needs 2-3 years to bulk up in the NBA to become a solid rotation player. With the backcourt getting slightly older as the years go, LeVert could help with back up minutes currently going to Brandon Rush, Leandro Barbosa and Ian Clark. He will need to work on she shooting as well to take the next leap.
  • Brice Johnson - PF North Carolina (Bleacher Report) Athletic finisher in the paint with a nice mid-range jumper? The question is would Johnson fall this far, with some reports having him go in the top 20.
  • Petr Cornelia - PF International (DraftXpress) A draft and develop pick, Cornelia has shown promise against good levels of competition overseas. He would help fill in for the loss of Harrison Barnes or Mo Speights, representing a bruiser much like James McAdoo more than a shooter.
  • Grayson Allen - SG Duke Allen is my personal pick. I have seen him on draft boards as high as 20, and as low as mid-2nd round. I think Allen is a better Aaron Craft because of his bigger NBA body, his competitiveness and his shooting touch. He would immediately slot into the rotation because of his scoring, but will need to perfect his NBA defense.
Here ends another college basketball season, with plenty of drama and a lot of fun. While the Warriors are no longer looking at the top players in the nation while being deep in tank mode, we can still enjoy what the NBA has to look forward for the years to come.  Who will get the 1st pick? Will it be Ingram or Simmons? So many questions to answer... but first we have an NBA champ to crown! So thanks March Madness, you kept us company while waiting for the real basketball drama to start.