Top Euro prospects at Hoop Summit
PORTLAND -- NBA scouts and general managers were out in force this week taking in practices for the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit.
Each year Team USA's Junior Select Team competes against a World Select Team composed of the top young international players in the world. The event serves as a great preview for the incoming freshman class of 2013-14 and as a proving ground for top international talent to come and make their mark.
Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Vladimir Radmanovic, Yi Jianian, Andrea Bargnani, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka, Omri Casspi, Enes Kanter, Nikola Mirotic, Donatas Motiejunas, Bismack Biyombo and Evan Fournier all parlayed great performances at the summit into first-round or second-round fortunes.
This year, several of the players on the World Select Team roster have a shot of going in the first round. I spent all day Thursday talking to NBA scouts and GMs about this year's international crop -- both those playing in Portland this weekend and in general.
For the first time in several years, scouts are enthused about international prospects. While only one or two prospects have a shot at the lottery this year, as many as seven could go in the first round. Next year, the crop looks even better.
Four of those international prospects are in Portland this weekend, and the following is a preview of what that quartet could showcase. You can watch these draft-eligible players -- Sergey Karasev, Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Dennis Schroeder and Livio Jean-Charles -- at the Hoop Summit at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2.
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