Scouting the Maui Invitational 

November, 24, 2006
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Last season's EA Sports Maui Invitational was an NBA scout's dream. Four lottery players (Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, UConn's Rudy Gay and Hilton Armstrong and Arkansas' Ronnie Brewer), three more first-rounders (UConn's Josh Boone and Michigan State's Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager) and several prominent second-round picks (Michigan State's Paul Davis and Arizona's Hassan Adams) headlined the event. And prospects Marcus Williams of Arizona and Brandon Rush and Julian Wright of Kansas made strong first impressions as well.

One NBA personnel director told me last week that, next to the NCAA Tournament, last season's Maui Invitational was the most significant scouting event of the season.

This season? Not so much.