Paul, Green boost their stock this summer

Updated: September 24, 2004, 7:49 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Too early to start talking about the 2005 NBA draft? Forget about it. NBA scouts have been combing high school and international gyms all summer getting ready for the fall basketball season.

Summer might be the dead time for NBA players, but everyone else was pretty busy. High school players competed at the three shoe camps, various AAU tournaments and at the Global Games.

Some of the top college players represented the U.S. in the under-21 Tournament of the Americas. They also were camp counselors at the shoe camps as well as counselors at the elite Michael Jordan camp in Santa Barbara.

Top international players also were everywhere. Several of them played for their home countries in the Olympics. Many more played at international clinics like Basketball Without Borders, the adidas Superstar Camp in Berlin or at the European Under 18 Championships in Zaragoza, Spain.

Insider talked to a number of the top NBA scouts around the world to get a quick look at some players who helped and hurt themselves over the summer. On Friday, we'll use the info we gathered to update our Top 5 by position for the first time this year.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer