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NBA draft: the known vs. the unproven
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Every year around the time of the NBA Draft, the top sports outlets like Sports Illustrated and ESPN try to predict which players in high school, college and overseas will be the next stars of the NBA. With the relatively new rule in place that a player selected in the draft must have at least one year of college under his belt, the draft has somewhat gone back to the days when fans recognized most of the top talent being drafted. Unfortunately, the influx of foreign-born players and one-and-done college freshmen picked at the top of the draft board has turned the event into a kind of guessing game where teams rely more on upside and potential than they do on proven talent. It seems college stars sometimes shine so bright that franchises overlook potential downsides.