10 Players Dallas Mavericks fans should watch in the NCAA Tournament

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6. Jamal Shead

Houston, Guard, 6'1"

The odds of the University of Houston's Jamal Shead falling to the Dallas Mavericks all the way in the late fifties is not likely, but they would be striking gold if he somehow ends up being a late second-round pick. He has been one of the top players in the nation this year, and he would be an outstanding fit.

This season for Houston, Shead is averaging 13.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 40.8 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from downtown.

Just like many of the other prospects on this list, Shead is older, and this could cause him to slide down draft boards. Shead is in his fourth year of college hoops, but despite that, he is only 21 years old. He'll be 22 years old by the time that opening night for the 2024-25 season rolls around, but someone will take a chance on this polished point guard.

Shead will always be known for his defense, but his offense can't be overlooked. He can get downhill and finish at the rim with layups and floaters, but he also has a solid pull-up jumper.

Being just 6-foot-1 and not excellent offensively, Shead could fall down the draft boards. If this happens, the Mavs could land their backup point guard of the future. His ability to guard full court and pester ball handlers is unmatched, and although he doesn't provide tons of versatility, his effort and energy more than make up for it.