Scouts, GMs say everyone should go to school

This year's Nike Hoop Summit produced a nice game, but few NBA prospects for the draft.

Updated: April 25, 2005, 8:36 AM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – If there are 60 decent prospects for the NBA draft this year, we'd like to know where they're hiding.

After spending the first three days of the week in Portsmouth, Va., at the NBA's first official draft camp and coming up near empty with a cast of 64 college seniors, Insider spent the weekend in Memphis, Tenn., at the Nike Hoop Summit game hoping a combination of the top American high school basketball players and a team of 19-and-under international studs would make an impression.

Things aren't looking much better at the other end of the spectrum, either.

While Team USA easily beat the international team, 106-98 (it wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates), the game was of little consequence to the draft.

The game's best player, forward Tyler Hansbrough (33 points, 10 rebounds), isn't even thinking about the NBA right now (thankfully). The 6-foot-9 bruiser will be heading to North Carolina next season.

If only his teammates would follow his lead.

After watching three practices and the Hoop Summit game on Saturday, the general consensus from the nearly 100 NBA scouts and GMs in attendance was deafening – "Go to school!"

"I didn't see one player on the floor today that has any business being in the NBA next season," one respected GM, who has drafted a high school senior in the past, told Insider. "I've never believed that a kid has to go to college to be successful in the NBA. But this year's group really needs to go to school. I'm not sure who's telling them otherwise. But if their friends or agents are telling them to come out, they're giving them really bad advice."

If only anyone were listening.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer