Oh, to be an NBA scout in Chicago's United Center to witness the State Farm Champions Classic. This is the Woodstock of college basketball scouting: An event they'll be describing to their little scout grandchildren in about 40 years.
Just how many scouts have gathered in Chicago for Prospect-stock?
No. 2 Michigan State takes an early 6-0 lead on No. 1 Kentucky. There are 68 NBA scouts on hand to watch. No pressure.— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) November 13, 2013
68 scouts. Yes, that's more than two scouts per NBA team. Word on the street is that the city of Seattle even sent a couple scouts to the game, just so they wouldn't feel left out.
That may sound like a few scouts too many, but consider the following:
- Four of the top five teams in America (No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas) are in Chicago for the event. That kind of gathering of college talent doesn't happen every week.
- Andrew Wiggins
- One of these teams is coached by John Calipari, and at least 30 NBA scouts have been following Calipari's teams around since his days at Memphis.
- Julius Randle, Jabari Parker
Of the top 100 prospects on this year's DraftExpress list, a mind-boggling 18 play on these four teams.
|Julius Randle (2)||Gary Harris (20)||Jabari Parker (7)||Andrew Wiggins (1)|
|Andrew Harrison (8)||Adreian Payne (29)||Rasheed Sulaimon (33)||Joel Embiid (6)|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (19)||Branden Dawson (52)||Rodney Hood (67)||Wayne Selden (14)|
|Dakari Johnson (31)||Tarik Black (87)|
|Aaron Harrison (32)|
|Alex Poythress (34)|
|James Young (46)|
|Marcus Lee (61)|
So. Many. Prospects.