But something seems to have changed between then and now about the way these particular prospects are being perceived. And with just two days until the big day, NBA executives are convinced there are a few diamonds in this rough draft class. And a number of them aren't homegrown.
Teams will consider a number of factors when it comes to these players, from talent to upside to -- perhaps most important -- their respective contract situations with teams overseas and how that affects their NBA standing. Yet for anyone other than the handful of scouts and front-office men who have crossed the seas to see them, these players are mystery men.
In attempt to educate and enlighten, we called on a scout who knows the lay of this particular land to assess each player's potential. Consider this your out-of-country Cliffs Notes.
But Kanter was ruled ineligible because of extra benefits he received while playing for his club team in Turkey. The NCAA claimed he was given $33,000 more than the necessary allotment for expenses, so Kanter spent his one collegiate season practicing with the Wildcats and training for his NBA life.