NBA Draft 2012: Damian Lillard and the Top 6 Mid-Major Players in the Draft

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NBA Draft 2012: Damian Lillard and the Top 6 Mid-Major Players in the Draft
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Kyle O'Quinn got the attention of scouts in the NCAA Tournament.

Occasionally you come across a star player who chooses a mid-major school, avoiding all the glitz and glamour that comes from playing on national television consistently. There is something to be said for players who are forced to choose small schools and then work hard to make a name for themselves and earn the payoff of draft day.

These six players were largely ignored by the schools above the mid-majority's infamous "red line." This forced them to work twice as hard to get noticed, and ultimately they will get to hear their names called on June 28th.

For some, the NCAA tournament was their coming-out party. For others, they toiled in obscurity for four years.

These players do matter—just ask two time MVP Steve Nash (Santa Clara) or two-time NBA Champions Lamar Odom (URI) and James Posey (Xavier), or even Jeremy Lin (Harvard). There are a bunch of NBA stars and role players who come from small time schools.

These six players have the best chance to be the next Gordon Hayward (Butler) or even David Robinson (Navy).

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