4 NCAA Tournament prospects Nuggets fans can watch as potential Nikola Jokic backup

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Oso Ighodaro, Marquette

Ighodaro is the rare modern big man who doesn’t really space the floor or protect the rim. But he does virtually everything else at a very high level. The 6’11” Ighodaro has the versatility to play inside and out on both ends. He can defend on the perimeter and around the basket at a high level and should have no problem switching onto wings in the NBA.

He can be a pick-and-roll playmaker as a screener and can run offense out of the high post. He has some Jokic-like skills and could run some of the same actions off the bench, possibly even a lot of the same two-man actions with Murray and Gordon.

Ighodaro also loves to get out and run, so he could provide a nice injection of pace off the bench for a generally slow Nuggets team. He may need to add size and strength to hold his own at center in the NBA, but he has a varied enough skillset to make up for it.

Oso and the Marquette Golden Eagles are the 2 seed in the East Region. They’ll take on Western Kentucky in the first round on Friday afternoon. They could possibly face Kentucky in the Sweet 16, then the number 1 seed, Houston for a trip to the Final Four.