The boys of summer

Updated: November 13, 2009, 3:14 PM ET
By Chad Ford

Every summer NBA scouts are out in force, sniffing around, trying to get the latest on what top recruits -- both in the U.S. and abroad -- are doing to improve their games.

Whether it was playing internationally for the U.S. under-19 team or working as counselors at LeBron James' annual camp, players had ample opportunities to improve (or hurt) their draft stock in the summer. And after talking with a number scouts, here's a list of the players who made the most noise in that regard.


Larry Sanders, F/C, VCU

As my blog partner Fran Fraschilla saw with his own eyes, no one did more to help his stock this summer than Sanders. The VCU junior was the talk of the LeBron camp. He measured in at 6-foot-10 in shoes with an incredible 7-foot-6 wingspan. Scouts knew he could be a dominant rebounder and shotblocker, but were impressed to see the emergence of an offensive game. He gave Kansas' Cole Aldrich, a much more highly touted big man, fits in the camp.

Sanders began the summer ranked as a potential late first-round prospect but he's moved to No. 14 on our Big Board. He needs to add bulk (he weighed a paltry 217 pounds at the camp) and continue to improve on the offensive end, but if he can have a big year, he should cash in somewhere in the lottery.