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The 2 College Basketball Teams Hurt The Most By NBA Draft Decisions

These two college basketball teams' chances of competing at an elite level in 2017-18 went down.

The 2017 NBA Draft deadline for college basketball underclassmen came and went on Wednesday night.

Which programs were hurt the most by the NBA Draft process this year?

A Big Ten team and an ACC squad.

Purdue is losing forward Caleb Swanigan to the NBA Draft. The All-American big man announced Wednesday that he was hiring an agent and staying in the draft. He's a potential first-round pick, but if he had decided to return, he likely would've been the preseason player of the year. The Boilermakers could've been a preseason top 15 team, too. They'll still be decent, but the Final Four might be out of reach.

North Carolina, meanwhile, lost talented big man Tony Bradley, a former five-star recruit who decided to leave school after just one season. The center played only 14 minutes a game, but has first-round potential, so he opted to go. UNC's frontcourt depth took a serious hit following his departure.

The NBA Draft is set for June 22.