Somebody's watching me 

November, 23, 2010

This season, Insider will feature the writing of six current NCAA basketball players, contributing their thoughts on issues facing their conferences. Florida State Seminoles forward Chris Singleton continues the series with his take on NBA scouts.

I've always been aware of scouts. I noticed them as soon as I came to college, our first game. People around me kept telling me, 'so-and-so is here, it's a good opportunity for you.' I didn't think anything of it. I just had a chance to shine. I remember when we went to Philadelphia, we played La Salle the second game my freshman year and my teammates were just telling me that there were possibly 11 scouts there. Then we were sitting down during warmups and I saw some folks I recognized from the McDonald's All-America game.

I wanted so badly to impress them, but I was in foul trouble that game, I remember that. [Editor's note: he played 22 minutes.] I'm always salty when I'm in foul trouble. I hate sitting on the bench. I feel like I'm one of those people that when I step on the court I can play the whole 40 minutes. That's just how I feel. As time went on I had to understand that I can't stay in the game and I have to let other people play.