68 NBA Scouts Attend State Farm Classic College Basketball Showcase Event

Joe FlynnContributor INovember 12, 2013

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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?


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.

KentuckyMichigan StateDukeKansas
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.