NBA scouts and executives were out in force last week attending two draft events, the Nike Hoop Summit and the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Of the two, the Hoop Summit has surpassed the PIT as the draft scouting event in April. The PIT hasn't produced a great NBA player in the last decade. However, a number of terrific prospects, both American high school players and international stars, have played at the Hoop Summit over the past few years.
On the international side, future NBA first-round picks Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Andrea Bargnani, Yi Jianlian and Nicolas Batum have all played in the Hoop Summit. On the American side, they've had everyone from Kevin Garnett, Elton Brand, Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and John Wall play there.
Once again, the talent was strong on both sides of the Atlantic.
I attended Friday's practice and the game Saturday and spoke with a number of NBA scouts and executives who were at the game. Here's a take on a number of interesting future prospects.
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