College basketball season is just a few days away, and as part of our preview, we’ll be breaking down the NBA’s top potential conference players.

Our preseason coverage of draft prospects will be in line with the strategies revealed in our recent survey of NBA scouts and executives.

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Initially, our goal will be to compile a list of potential candidates for the upcoming draft and sort them into five main categories: potential lottery candidates; potential candidates for the first round; potential candidates for the second round; potential candidates for the Portsmouth Invitational or G League Combine; and finally, prospects to keep an eye on for future years.

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Players can move from one category to another as the season progresses, eventually leading to a ranking or a big board, just like the NBA front office does inside.