Early-season performances pay off

Updated: March 4, 2010, 11:59 AM ET
By Jason Churchill

As we get closer to conference play, which starts later this month for the SEC and ACC, early next month for the Big 12 and is already under way in the Pac-10, scouts are gearing up for the long stretch drive that leads up to the draft. Until that point, it's merely a "first-look" period for area scouts who are just starting to put together their assessments.