Williams rising; Fazekas falling

Updated: March 21, 2005, 3:50 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
The NCAA Tournament has created its fair share of NCAA stock boosts in the past.

Carmelo Anthony's performance for Syracuse single-handedly raised his stock to the level of LeBron James'.

For most players, the bumps are much smaller, in either direction. At times, scouts do become enamored of or disenchanted with what a player does in the tournament to the point that they ignore the prospect's entire body of work. But for the most part, the idea of a player's stock rising or falling based on one nationally televised performance is overrated.

Lead a team to a championship and you'll get a great bump.

Score 25 points in one game, or go 0-for-10 from the field in a stunning loss, and your stock fluctuation is much more incremental.

Most NBA scouts put more emphasis on draft workouts and a player's entire career than they do on one or two tournament games.

Still, with the entire league watching, and many top executives tuning in for the first time, players can impress. Scouts like to see what players do under intense pressure. How do the players respond? Do they have the leadership qualities it takes? Are they winners?

After watching hours of NCAA games and consulting with the same group of scouts that Insider has been relying on for the past few years, here's a look at who has helped and hurt themselves so far at the Big Dance.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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