On Next Star eligibility, and should the NBL…

The recent NBL offseason saw a new crop of Next Stars being announced, which included high-profile prospects like R.J. Hampton and LaMelo Ball. One Next Star signing, Didi Louzada, raised a few eyebrows, simply because he was already drafted to an NBA team. The elevator pitch for the Next Stars program since inception, had consistently been its value as an alternative pathway to the NBA, and CEO Jeremy Loeliger had relayed the same messaging

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