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The NBA Draft: Five Takeaways from the Classic Champions

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Indianapolis – Greetings from the Classic Tournament of Champions which, according to tradition, ended very late at night. The unofficial annual start of the college basketball season – which always features a combination of dukeAnd the KentuckyAnd the Kansas And the Michigan State—It was well attended by the NBA as usual, with most teams fielding several high-level decision makers.

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While Blueblood programs have down years as well, this event is often seen as a quintessential test of the level of general talent in college basketball in a given season—you always show up hoping to see through and expecting a lot from these particular programs. But due to the emergence of alternative paths to the NBA as well as the broader trend of top players attending the powers-that-be at unconventional college hoops, Champions Classic is no longer a one-stop-shop for elite prospects — at least not always. Regardless, we’ve got a couple of interesting games, with a few potential first-round picks on the court. Here are some early takeaways.

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