Warriors guard Stephen Curry, still smiling after inking a $40+ million dollar contract, is the poster boy for the "small school, big game" adage. While most of the top high school talents flock to the traditional powerhouses and blue blood institutions like North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky, there is a bevy of talent around the country at much smaller schools.
In the 2012 NBA draft, first round picks Damian Lillard (Weber State) and Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure) proved that talent does indeed rise to the top and there is first round talent from the Big Sky and Atlantic Ten conferences, respectively.
As the college basketball season is set to begin, this preview highlights some of the best players from the small conferences and small colleges around the country. These players are relatively unknown save for the college basketball junkies tuning into ESPN 8 "The Ocho" at midnight EST to watch the WCC championship. It's likely that the average watcher will not have the opportunity to watch any of these players play until March Madness rolls around, but one or two of these five players just might end up playing for your favorite NBA team.