Nowadays, NBA scouts and general managers must scour the globe in search of the next big thing. Teams spare no expense, traveling to South America, western Africa and prep schools in backwater towns to ensure the draft yields them the best possible results. But maybe teams could have saved significant time and money by focusing their scouting resources in Chapel Hill, not eastern Europe. That's where the draft's deepest collection of players can be found on the roster of the national champion University of North Carolina.
Draft market cornered in Chapel Hill
The Myrtle Beach Sun
Tonight's NBA Draft will have a light blue tint, compliments of North Carolina's NCAA Tournament championship team.
Up to five UNC players may be taken in first round
The Winston-Salem Journal
Their fans flooded Franklin Street for an impromptu celebration one Monday night in April.
Now comes the parade.
Two and a half months after winning an NCAA basketball title, four of North Carolina's featured performers will proceed one after the other to a stage just off Broadway. They'll get a handshake and a team cap from NBA commissioner David Stern.
Parade of Stars: Four Heels should go in first round
The Greensboro News and Record
North Carolina forward Jawad Williams has been on the road for two months, flying and driving here and there while working out for NBA teams across the country.
That's the kind of effort this Tar Heels senior had to put in to prove that he, like four UNC teammates who could be first-round picks in tonight's NBA Draft, had NBA potential.
No time to rest for Jawad Williams
The News and Observer
Marvin Williams won't have to wait long tonight to hear NBA commissioner David Stern call his name.
Humble Williams ready to enter NBA
The Fayetteville Observer
Marvin Williams said he doesn't see a big difference between being 18 or 19 unless that one year difference included a year playing college basketball.
"One year of college will help a lot of players," Williams, 19, said Monday in a conference room at the Westin Hotel in Times Square during a press conference for potential lottery picks.
A maturing process
The News and Observer
With the fifth pick of the 2005 NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select ...
North Carolina's Raymond Felton.
That prediction is based on these steps, determining how the Charlotte Bobcats will use their top selection tonight:
Will Bobcats turn to Felton?
The Charlotte Observer
Marvin Williams has the talent and temperament to pull off the odd transition from first player off the bench in college to first player selected in the NBA draft.
Williams Rises to Top of NBA Draft Boards
The Durham Herald Sun