I don't understand the Next Stars program.
It seems a little all over the place and 'see what sticks' in terms of player eligibility, quality draft prospects, NBL team interest, heck even the purported NBL-paid contracts and odd marketing (that "documentary").
I thought the program was to attract top five-star talent who were using their one-and-done year to build a profile and stock? They don't have to be Americans per se, but the draft is going to be dominated by Americans. The program (NBL HQ) hasn't recruited any top American talent since Lamelo, which makes me wonder if the NCAA endorsement rule passing has all but sealed the deal for American prospects, hence pushing the Next Stars program into another direction with the incoming EU talent as a signal. If that is the case, I wonder how many top 10 picks the program will be able to produce year in, year out.
In saying all this, Giddey going #6 does prove it is possible, but trying to find the next Luka and then recruit him over is unlikely, unless the NBL has a scouting/recruitment arm to the program which I doubt.
If the program was robust and built for longevity, I'd see each NBL team having a Next Star each season for fairness, announcement of players early and preferably at the same time, potential combine/try-outs for locals, scouts/coaches recruiting international prospects, transparency over salary/benefits (there were reports Lamelo/RJ earned > $500k), and to some extent acknowledgment of failures (undrafted players) in order for future program betterment.