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Hoopsworld: NBA draft has a seedy side

On Monday night, the NCAA Tournament ended. On Tuesday morning, Hoopsworld reminded us how much more complicated life can get for college players once they’ve finished their amateur careers and test the NBA draft waters.

Steve Kyler wrote an article that details the various ways agents reach out to amateur players around the time of the NBA draft, and it provides an interesting look into the process. Here’s an excerpt:

“Beyond the top three prospects this year - John Wall, Derrick Favors and Evan Turner - the next ten players could go in any combination of orders, and while “a runnner” may say “Dude you’re a lock for the top 19" there is no truth or substance to those claims.

That doesn’t stop players from making a bad decision on an empty promise. Have you ever asked yourself, what is this kid thinking?

He likely has a person in his life telling him a team is committed to him that isn’t.”

The NCAA tournament and the NBA draft are two of the best basketball events of the year. Unfortunately, the process that gets players from the tournament to the draft isn’t always as smooth or above-board as it should be.