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NBA scouts open up on watching games at Rupp

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Given Cal’s track record of putting players in the NBA, it’s no surprise that a LOT of NBA scouts regularly attend games at Rupp, and the demand for seats is so high that some don’t make the seating chart.  Over at Draft Express, Jonathan Givony has a good piece about which college venues are the best for NBA teams to scout games.  Kentucky and Rupp were near the top:

Kentucky received mentions from virtually every NBA person we talked to, mostly positive, but occasionally negative. “Calipari wants us at his games and practices. He embraces it. That’s part of what their program is,” one assistant GM told us. “But it all depends on your title. I would never send one of my scouts there because he’d be up on the balcony. Sometimes we need to embellish their title a little bit to make sure they can actually see the game. It’s understandable considering the demand. They can’t accommodate 150 NBA scouts and they’d have that if they didn’t have their policy in place. We can designate two people from our staff [typically GM and Assistant GM] at the beginning of every year to sit courtside at any game. The rest get sent up to a place where you’d be better off watching on TV.”

Another executive concurs. “Who you are matters more at Kentucky than probably anywhere else in the country. But that’s part of their deal. They want decision makers. They know which wheels to grease. If you’re a GM then you are on the baseline, which is great. If you’re a regular scout it’s not a great seat to watch a game, up on the balcony. On the flip side, they are one of the most accommodating schools in the country in terms of the way they interact with us. They go out of their way to help you. They obviously want you there, especially in practice. They are phenomenal with the way they manage their relationships with NBA teams.”

Some of the scouts’ least favorite venues? UCLA, Oklahoma State, and North Carolina.  Considering their media overflow section is the stands, I’m not surprised.

[The Best College Venues for NBA Teams to Scout Games]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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16 Comments for NBA scouts open up on watching games at Rupp



  1. beavis606
    2:12 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Easy solution. Give the scouts the student seats that are unclaimed. Problem solved!



  2. cristoforouk
    2:52 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Interesting enough, Louisville was not mentioned anywhere.



  3. inside info
    2:53 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    This has got to be awesome for recruiting. I hope Cal posts this on his website.



  4. G
    2:59 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    How do you try to cheer yourself up after another loss? Well that’s easy, start talking more about how your players chose your school based on dollar signs and less about how they are underperforming.



    • chief_cat
      3:25 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

      How do you cheer yourself up if you are little brother? By trolling big brother’s websites naturally.



    • PhilUK18
      3:35 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

      Awww, someone sounds sad that big brother gets all the attention from the NBA scouts and none of them care about what’s going on at little brother.



  5. cracka
    3:18 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    speaking of scouting players, chad ford isn’t the only guy saying the twins should come back … the bleacher report put out a mock draft today that has randle (6), young (12) and wcs (15)

    if the twins and ap come back, that would be awesome … of course teague wasn’t on any draft boards this time of year a couple of years ago either



    • Daniel
      6:25 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

      Randle at 6 would be the biggest steal of the draft by a billion miles



  6. TvlCt
    3:21 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    As Archie noted, they could play their way up by winning games – lots of them – now!



  7. ryan
    4:32 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Those seats on press row at the bottom of the upper level are pretty stinkin’ good as far as I’m concerned.



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      4:47 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, they are. Actually, I almost prefer them to courtside because it’s a better view of the game. Plus, you’re not terrified you’re going to get hit by an errant ball. (A habitual fear of mine)



  8. Mc
    5:12 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I could care a less what the NBA wants. BBN wants players and COACHES to care as much about free throws as NBA scouts



  9. Eff off
    6:04 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    What BBN really wants/needs is a fan base that cheers them on rather than degrades them on every turn!



  10. Johnny Basketball
    9:37 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Many people have discussed if the Harrison twins should stay at UK. I do not know them, but they seem to be best friends. Their time at UK will probably be the last time they play on the same team. I would think that the fact they are not top 10 NBA picks yet, that they both would stay at UK, and play on the same team together at least one more year. When the go to the NBA, they could be on both ends of the country.



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