Ten draft prospects who won’t be dancing

Marc J. Spears,

March is crunch time for NBA general managers and scouts who are
crisscrossing the country to get a last look at draft prospects before
the college season ends. And that doesn’t mean just stopping at the
power-conference tournaments like the Big East, ACC or Big 12.
Twenty-four NBA scouts and executives attended the Western Athletic
Conference tournament to see 10 prospects, including heralded Nevada
sophomore forward Luke Babbitt.

For scouts interested in watching players who won’t make the NCAA tournament, this past week was especially important. Fresno State sophomore forward Paul George, who said he plans to enter his name in the draft without hiring an agent, possibly played his final college game when the Bulldogs lost to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the WAC tournament.

After flying from Las Vegas to Kansas City and then to Reno this week, one Eastern Conference scout said he was going back to Las Vegas on Friday morning for more scouting at the Mountain West tournament.

“We’re running around like crazy,” one Western Conference scout said. “Most of the talent is east of the Mississippi. For me, I watch video a lot more intelligently after I see a guy live. I imagine a lot of scouts watch a lot of video, but it’s better to scout live to see the size, speed and interaction with teammates and coaches.”

“They should be playing the best they can play,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “This is the best exposure before going to workouts and evaluations. This is their chance to make an impression.”

While the NCAA tournament will be flooded with NBA prospects, there will be a lot of potential draft picks like George and possibly Babbitt, North Carolina’s Ed Davis and Connecticut’s Stanley Robinson who won’t be invited to the Big Dance. With help from several NBA scouts, Yahoo! Sports has compiled a list of 10 of the top draft prospects who likely won’t be playing in March Madness.


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