6 March Madness prospects who just proved they're perfect fits for Blazers' rebuild

It only took the first weekend for these players to show they belong in Portland.

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Oso Ighodaro, C, Marquette

Ighodaro is similar to da Silva in that he's a low-usage player who will find a way to fit in, at least offensively. He may be a better fit for the Trail Blazers, though, as a 6-foot-11, 235-pound center.

The 21-year-old won't force anything on offense and doesn't shoot, but he's smooth near the rim and has a push shot that's almost automatic within 8 feet. That works for Ighodaro as he's more of a facilitator than a scorer. He's excellent in a two-man game, whether dribble-handoffs or screen-and-rolls. He's athletic enough to be a lob threat yet skilled enough to make plays on the short roll.

He's one of the more switchable centers in this draft class defensively. He is agile side-to-side and moves smoothly when hedging pick-and-rolls and guarding smaller players on the perimeter.

Terrence Shannon, F, Illinois

When talking about Terrence Shannon's draft prospects, it's critical to acknowledge he was charged with rape or an alternative count of sexual battery in December and was immediately suspended. He filed a temporary restraining order against the University of Illinois Board of Trustees claiming he wasn't granted due process before being suspended from the team and was reinstated.

That situation may take Shannon off of some teams' boards entirely.

But as an NBA prospect, the 6-foot-6 forward is big, powerful, knows how to score and has proven he can lock down defensively when he wants to. And he's been on a tear down the stretch of this season when games matter the most.

Shannon can get by defenders, bulldoze his way to the rim and finish through contact. He averaged 23.3 points this season as a fifth-year senior, and though he's not necessarily a knockdown shooter from deep, hit 36.1 percent of his 6.7 attempts.

In three Big Ten Tournament games and two NCAA Tournament games, the 23-year-old is averaging 31.6 points and 1.8 steals on 53/43/88 shooting splits.