3 NCAA Tournament prospects to watch if the Raptors can keep their first-round pick

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No. 3: Cody Williams, Colorado Buffaloes

The Toronto Raptors don't have an obvious position of need to target with a top pick. They could elect to get another guard to pair with Immanuel Quickley in the backcourt, someone who can operate as a secondary ball-handler but thrive off-ball and lock down opposing guards. They could go for a center to develop to replace Jakob Poeltl, perhaps one with upside to both shoot and protect the rim.

The most likely course of action, however, is that they look to load up on wings with size, as their positional versatility allows the most flexibility in building out a team and lineups moving forward. A player with good size and shooting ability who won't be a defensive liability is still the most valuable player archetype out there.

The best example of such a player suiting up for the NCAA Tournament may be Cody Williams of the Colorado Buffaloes. His team plays on Wednesday night in the "First Four" to try and qualify for the 64-team bracket. Williams, the brother of Oklahoma City Thunder wing Jalen Williams, was the best player in the Pac 12 this season and could lead his team on a run in the tournament.

Williams is a 6'8" wing with a wide wingspan, making him a real problem for opposing scorers. He has all of the tools of an elite defender at the next level, although the consistency hasn't been there. On offense he is a monster in transition and at the rim; he has hit 45.7 percent of his 3-pointers but on very low volume, so the shooting is still a question.

The Raptors shouldn't be in a hurry to try and win games, and Williams could be the best player in the class in a couple of years. He's worth a long look as a player with all the tools, and pedigree, to succeed at the next level and potentially be a long-term partner in the frontcourt with Scottie Barnes.