Updated: January 2, 2006, 3:25 PM ET
NEWARK, Del. -- Professional basketball scouts and mid-major schools have quite a bit in common. Both groups are populated by outsiders who toil away in obscurity, well outside of "SportsCenter's" sphere of influence. Both are tragically underappreciated and overlooked. And both put in thousands upon thousands of thankless road miles over the course of a basketball season. But with the NBA age limit on the horizon, the twain might meet more often. With high schools drying up as a source for quick-fix hopes and project players, scouts seem to be spending more time in mid-major arenas this season. It makes sense -- a trip down the road to Directional State University is a lot more cost-effective than a plane ticket to Serbia or Argentina.
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