12 NCAA Tournament stars that Chicago Bulls fans should follow

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Villanova, with guard Mikal Bridges (25) , opens the NCAA Tournament against Radford at 5:50 p.m. Thursday on TNT.

    Villanova, with guard Mikal Bridges (25) , opens the NCAA Tournament against Radford at 5:50 p.m. Thursday on TNT. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 3/14/2018 2:12 PM

Here's a watch list of 12 players to follow during the NCAA Tournament, based on their approximate likelihood of being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in June. Keep in mind the odds of the Bulls picking in the top 5 are small at the moment:

1. Mikal Bridges, 6-7, SF, Villanova. He's averaging 18.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Michigan State, with Jaren Jackson (2), opens the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS.
Michigan State, with Jaren Jackson (2), opens the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS. - Associated Press

2. Jaren Jackson Jr., 6-11, C, Michigan State. He's averaging 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Kentucky, with Kevin Knox (5), opens the NCAA Tournament against Davidson at 6:10 p.m. Thursdsday on CBS.
Kentucky, with Kevin Knox (5), opens the NCAA Tournament against Davidson at 6:10 p.m. Thursdsday on CBS. - Associated Press

3. Kevin Knox, 6-9, SF, Kentucky. He's averaging 15.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Duke, with Wendell Carter Jr., opens the NCAA Tournament against Ioan at 1L45 p.m. Thursday on CBS.
Duke, with Wendell Carter Jr., opens the NCAA Tournament against Ioan at 1L45 p.m. Thursday on CBS. - Associated Press

4. Wendell Carter Jr., 6-10, PF, Duke. He's averaging 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Michigan State, with Miles Bridges (22), opens the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS.
Michigan State, with Miles Bridges (22), opens the NCAA Tournament against Bucknell at 6:10 p.m. Friday on CBS. - Associated Press
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5. Miles Bridges, 6-7, SF, Michigan State. He's averaging 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Arkansas, with Daniel Gafford, opens the NCAA Tournament against Butler at 2:10 p.m. Friday on TruTV.
Arkansas, with Daniel Gafford, opens the NCAA Tournament against Butler at 2:10 p.m. Friday on TruTV. - Associated Press

6. Daniel Gafford, 6-11, C, Arkansas. He's averaging 11.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

Texas A&M, with Robert Williams, opens the NCAA Tournament against against Providence at 11:15 a.m. Friday on CBS.
Texas A&M, with Robert Williams, opens the NCAA Tournament against against Providence at 11:15 a.m. Friday on CBS. - Associated Press

7. Robert Williams, 6-9, C, Texas A&M. He's averaging 10.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Missouri, with Jontay Porter, opens the NCAA Tournament against Florida State at 8:50 p.m. Friday on TBS.
Missouri, with Jontay Porter, opens the NCAA Tournament against Florida State at 8:50 p.m. Friday on TBS. - Associated Press

8. Jontay Porter, 6-11, PF, Missouri. He's averaging 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Oklahoma, with Trae Young, opens the NCAA Tournament against Rhode Island at 11:15 a.m. Thursday on CBS.
Oklahoma, with Trae Young, opens the NCAA Tournament against Rhode Island at 11:15 a.m. Thursday on CBS. - Associated Press
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

9. Trae Young, 6-2, PG, Oklahoma. He's averaging 27.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game.

Alabama, with Collin Sexton, opens the NCAA Tournament against Virginia Tech at 8:20 p.m. Thursday on TNT.
Alabama, with Collin Sexton, opens the NCAA Tournament against Virginia Tech at 8:20 p.m. Thursday on TNT. - Associated Press

10. Collin Sexton 6-2, PG, Alabama. He's averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Gonzaga, with Killian Tillie, opens the NCAA Tournament against UNC Greensboro at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on TNT.
Gonzaga, with Killian Tillie, opens the NCAA Tournament against UNC Greensboro at 12:30 p.m. Thursday on TNT. - Associated Press

11. Killian Tillie, 6-10, PF, Gonzaga. He's averaging 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Kentucky, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, opens the NCAA Tournament against Davidson at 6:10 p.m. Thursdsday on CBS.
Kentucky, with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, opens the NCAA Tournament against Davidson at 6:10 p.m. Thursdsday on CBS. - Associated Press

12. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, 6-6, PG, Kentucky. He's averaging 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

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