Joel Brigham of HoopsWorld.com interviews Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Olshey discusses what he's looking for at the pre-draft event, which usually draws second-round talent.
"You focus on the guys that chose to come. If guys want to compete, they'll find an environment to compete in," Olshey said. "We've been given a chance to see some guys who have maybe been over-scouted, but we've got to see them play a different position. And then you see some guys who are under-scouted from smaller schools, and I think that's where the value is."
According to Olshey, Portsmouth is a good way to gauge work ethic. Only seriously hard-working seniors find their way to this event, and that's something NBA scouts watch out for.
"They've been through a long college season, so one of the indicators here is that the guys who are playing are guys that really love basketball," Olshey said. "These are guys that are fringe draftable players, so this is a first step. Are they committed to the game? Do they play because they love it? Do they want to compete no matter what the environment is, or just when the popcorn is popping on ESPN that they bring their game?"
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