Unheralded players making their mark early

Updated: December 4, 2009, 9:29 AM ET
By Chad Ford

We've spent the last few weeks covering players who were high on the radar of NBA scouts coming into the season. But every year a few players who weren't highly ranked entering the season show massive improvement in the early going and draft boards quickly begin to change.

Here's a look at a few breakout players that scouts can't stop talking about.

Breakout Players

Ekpe Udoh, F/C, Baylor

After two promising, but unfulfilling years at Michigan, Udoh is now wearing a Baylor jersey and seems to be finally capitalizing on his potential. NBA teams love shotblockers with long arms and good leaping ability, and Udoh has the production to match, averaging nearly 10 boards and 3.5 blocks per game.

Udoh is proving to be more than just a shotblocker. He has improved dramatically on the offensive end of the game, and shows a nice face-the-basket game. He can create his own shot off the dribble and has shown some impressive footwork in the paint. He needs to get stronger and clearly is still a work in progress, but Udoh has begun to appear on the NBA draft radar screen in a big way. In the first month of the season he's moved all the way up from a second-round pick to somewhere between 15 and 25 in the draft.