Scouts know the way to San Jose

Back-to-back 35-point games have vaulted San Jose State's Adrian Oliver up to third in the nation in scoring at 23.3 points per game.

NBA scouts are definitely taking notice because it just so happens that during those two games, they've been out in full force at the Event Center checking out Seattle's Charles Garcia on Monday and Nevada's Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson last night. Even Suns general manager Steve Kerr was watching.

Oliver told me Monday that the presence of scouts hasn't affected him much, but you have to believe there's a part of the junior guard that's thinking, "I'll show you."

Also in San Jose, another player who (kind of) got noticed by scouts on Monday was Seattle's Taylor Olson.


The 5-foot-10 guard, after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer, runs down to the other end of the floor to give a flying chest bump to Spencer Hawes, a former Seattle-area high school rival who plays for the Sacramento Kings.

Hawes attended the game in part to catch up with his former Washington teammate Oliver, but after celebrating with Olson, he smiles broadly and flashes Olson's jersey number to the NBA officials sitting at the press table.

Check him out.

Scouts, who have the toiling in anonymity thing down, surely got a kick out of that one.