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The Contenders, Pretenders And Return-to-Senders
Grant Wahl
March 22, 1999
Since it takes a minimum of three future NBA players on a roster to win a national title, we consulted scouting executives with three NBA teams to determine which tournament teams have the goods and which don't. We awarded one point for each surefire NBAer, like Duke's Elton Brand (above), and a half point for borderline cases who could end up in the NBA but are as likely to have pro careers in Europe or in the CBA. Here's what we found.
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March 22, 1999

The Contenders, Pretenders And Return-to-senders

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Since it takes a minimum of three future NBA players on a roster to win a national title, we consulted scouting executives with three NBA teams to determine which tournament teams have the goods and which don't. We awarded one point for each surefire NBAer, like Duke's Elton Brand (above), and a half point for borderline cases who could end up in the NBA but are as likely to have pro careers in Europe or in the CBA. Here's what we found.

THE HAVES

DUKE (6.0)

NBA: William Avery, Shane Battier, Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon, Corey Maggette
CBA/NBA: Chris Burgess, Chris Carrawell

CONNECTICUT (4.0)

NBA: Khalid El-Amin, Richard Hamilton, Jake Voskuhl
CBA/NBA: Kevin Freeman, Ricky Moore

KENTUCKY (4.0)

NBA: Jamaal Magloire. Scott Padgett
CBA/NBA: Michael Bradley, Jules Camara, Heshimu Evans, Wayne Turner

ST. JOHNS (3.0)

NBA: Ron Artest, Erick Barkley
CBA/NBA: Lavor Postell, Bootsy Thornton

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