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Old 06-25-2011, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it fair to conclude that the 2011 NBA draft was a referendum on college basketball? OK, it might not sound like a big deal that 14 of the 60 players drafted Thursday night were born outside North America. That's only 23 percent, or about the same percentage of foreign-born players in the NBA already. Thing is, four of the first seven players drafted were internationals, including Congolese shot-swatter Bismack Biyombo (by the Kings, who traded his rights to Charlotte), who seems to have been playing organized basketball for about a minute and a half.

And at the end of the night, when teams are looking to get lucky, when they're taking a flyer on a kid who just might turn into something with a lot of work and a little luck, NBA scouts again looked overseas. Five of the last seven players chosen were foreign-born, including kids from Nigeria, the Congo and Sudan. By the time it was over, the Congo had produced two more draft picks than North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville and Georgetown combined.
The NBA draft included a high number of foreign-born players, which could be an indictment of the state of college basketball. - ESPN
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