The Prospect Post: Future Pros on Duke and Kentucky
The Prospect Post: Future Pros on Duke and Kentucky

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The two teams that kicked off the Champions Classic Tuesday night in Chicago may be the two teams that average fans like to hate the most, but they are also the two teams that consistently churn out the most NBA talent. Excluding foreign players, six of the first 10 players selected in last year's draft hailed from Duke or Kentucky, so even NBA fans who don't care about college basketball should be paying attention whenever these two teams face off. It's a glimpse of what is coming.

To be fair, last year these two teams were about as flush with lottery-caliber talent as any two teams can be, so naturally this year's rosters were not quite as ridiculously loaded. But there were still plenty of future NBA players, and a few future lottery picks in action.

Brandon Ingram (F)

Ingram was the best athlete on the floor Tuesday night. He looks a little like rapper Wiz Khalifa, with the hair and tats, and most notably, a similarly slight frame. Ingram has supposedly gained 30 pounds since committing to Duke, but his frailty is still a major knock. He is an extreme raw talent who can handle the ball at 6-foot-9, while guarding almost any position on the other end. It was not a particularly impressive night for the freshman, as he shot just 1-for-6 from the field while playing just 19 minutes, but he should not be expected to dominate early in the season. In fact, he may not look

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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