NEW YORK - Brett Brown says he is going to watch the NCAA championship game on Monday night "through business eyes."
The 76ers coach will think about his franchise's future while watching Wisconsin battle Duke for the title.
"You are going to think about what might happen with some of the players that are on the court that could be a part of our team. Who knows?" Brown said. "You see it through that lens probably at this stage of my coaching career more than this is a great game.
"I don't see it predominantly through that lens much anymore. I'm guessing and I'm dreaming and projecting out."
Duke freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow are probably two of the players who will be closely watched by Brown. Okafor, a 6-foot-11 center, and Winslow, a 6-6 forward, could be among the top five players selected in the draft on June 25.
The youth movement is in full effect for the Sixers.
It's no secret that by design, they are one of the youngest teams in the NBA. It can be argued that they have the youngest starting lineup.
The Sixers started three rookies - Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant and Furkan Aldemir - along with second-year veteran Robert Covington and fifth-year vet Ish Smith Sunday night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
"It's part of our road map," Brown said. "We literally started from ground zero last year. Now we are a few steps ahead. So to look out on the floor and give these young guys an opportunity on the stage, I think it's just a fantastic situation."