So-called "mid-majors" have been pumping out more NBA talent in the last few years than ever before. These players used to be considered steals or feats of scouting genius, but now, we know better. The small school prospects are as important to NBA teams as ever.
Larry Bird is perhaps the most famous small school prospect, an alumnus of Indiana State. His match-up in the 1979 NCAA Finals against Magic Johnson's Michigan State Spartans was really the first time a legitimate mid-major got its deserved press coverage.
Fast forward 30 years to the present day.
Four of the top 20 picks were players from small schools in the 2010 NBA Draft. This year, ESPN's Chad Ford has four top players in his Top 20 Big Board. If small schools are beginning to make up one out of every five picks in the annual draft, it's important to know who they are.
We all know who BYU's Jimmer Fredette is. He caught everyone's eyes with his deep three-point range and ability to lead a thin Cougars team. He beat out many worthy large school prospects for 2011 National Player of the Year.
Here are 10 other small-school prospects to go along with Fredette.