Eight prospects on the rise

Kevon Looney is averaging 14.8 points, 12 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this season. Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- NBA scouts are out in full force this Thanksgiving week, taking in terrific college basketball tournament action in Maui, the Bahamas, New York, Orlando and Los Angeles, just to name a few.

I'm at the Maui Invitational with a handful of NBA scouts, watching Arizona, San Diego State, BYU, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Missouri. And I've been on the phone with a number of NBA scouts at several other key holiday tournaments.

Again, it's early. Very early. The sample size for most of these players is still somewhere between three and five games. There is still plenty of time, especially for the freshmen, to get better. But like I said last week, first impressions matter.

We broke down the stock of Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Michigan State players last Wednesday. Here's a look at eight players who are helping their draft stock right now.