10 players who improved stock in summer
August, 9, 2010
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
We debuted our 2011 Top 100 the day after the 2010 NBA draft. Now we're ready for our first big update of the summer. But how can college and international players improve their stock during the offseason?
Well, there isn't really an offseason anymore. College players serve as camp counselors at events such as the LeBron James Skills Academy and the adidas Nations camp. At the end of the day, the camp counselors play full-court scrimmages against one another and sometimes against NBA players. Scouts watch every move. Have the NBA hopefuls gotten stronger? Are they in shape? Have they improved on a perceived weakness?
Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesSingler's gamble to return to Duke is paying off.
A number of prospects also have played for their national teams in international competitions around the globe this summer.
Here's a look at 10 guys who have helped their stock this summer along with our updated Top 100 list.
The freshmenPerry Jones, F, Baylor Bears
We've had Jones ranked No. 2 on our Big Board since June, and after a few days of seeing him play at the adidas Nations camp in Chicago, we're feeling pretty good about it.
Jones wasn't dominant in Chicago, and that's the same knock that scouts had on him when he was in high school. But the way he ran the floor and fit in against more experienced teammates and opponents had scouts buzzing. Jones has as much talent as anyone in the draft. The question remains one of assertiveness.
Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke Blue Devils
Ivring was the floor leader for Team USA's under-18 gold-medal team this summer. He lived up to the hype, averaging 13.6 points and 4 assists in just more than 20 minutes per game for the Americans. Irving has it all; he's the most well-rounded point guard in the country. He can score in a variety of ways, has excellent leadership skills and steps up with the game on the line. If he were a John Wall-type athlete, he'd be ranked even higher, but as it is, we expect big things from him at Duke next season and leave him ranked No. 4 on our Big Board.
Patric Young, F/C, Florida Gators
Young already has the requisite NBA body, athleticism and toughness. He was widely considered the best high school defensive big man in the country last year and was the anchor in the middle for Team USA's under-18 gold-medal team this summer.
Young is still a work in progress offensively (he averaged just 6.6 ppg for Team USA), but virtually every scout I spoke with walked away feeling that he was looking at a potential lottery pick.