2012 NBA Draft: 5 Seniors on the Fringe of the First Round

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2012 NBA Draft: 5 Seniors on the Fringe of the First Round
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Michigan State PF Draymond Green

Over the past years, underclassmen have been at the forefront of the NBA drafts. GMs and scouts salivate over the "potential" and "upside" in a kid who has been in college for a season or two.

Left in the rear-view mirror are the seniors who have given it their all over four years. Some have cemented legacies at their schools, while others have proved to be true and great winners.

In 2011, seven seniors were drafted in the first round. Of those seven, six were taken with the 21st pick or later.

The year before that, five seniors were taken in the first round. All five of those seniors were drafted with the 23rd pick or later.

It has become a common scenario for seniors to drop into the later half of the first round.

For these guys listed in the slideshow ahead, let's hope seniors being drafted in the first round doesn't become extinct.

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