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Scouting draft gems outside the mainstream

Updated: January 21, 2010, 12:55 PM ET
By David Thorpe

The NBA draft is full of players who have been talked about and hyped since they were in high school. But each draft also has some gems who are either late bloomers or were just missed by most major colleges, so they went to lesser-known basketball programs -- or at least ones that aren't on national TV very often. NBA teams have to evaluate the whole world, so they are used to scouting talent that doesn't receive as much mainstream media attention as most of the other draftable players.

Here's a look at three guys who are very draftable that you may not have seen, all with first-round potential.

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