ANOTHER NBA scout is in the Philippines, on the lookout for NBA prospects from the ranks of teams seeing action in the Fiba-Asia Championship.
Gary Boyson, director for scouting in the Asia-Pacific for the New York Knicks, was spotted at the Mall of Asia Arena stands keeping a keen eye on players who may have a chance at landing a spot in the New York Knicks' team in training camp.
“I’m here to watch the Asian championships, see a few prospects here, put them in our database and match them up with the ones around the world,” Boyson told Spin.ph.
Boyson said he is in the country not necessarily because of Iran’s Hamed Hadadi and China’s Yi Jianlian, who have already played in the NBA but are not under contract with any team at the moment.
“It’s no secret these players are without contracts. We still have a couple of spots for training camp so we are just trying to make educated decisions, cover the world the best we can,” Boyson said.
Petron consultant Todd Purves is also the Memphis Grizzlies scout in Asia and he had earlier visited the games venue to see check out the players, particularly South Korean guards.
Boyson said that he had already spotted some NBA-caliber talent in the Iran-Jordan quarterfinal match last Saturday.
“I wouldn’t talk about a specific player but I think there are a few guys here who already have NBA experience or eligible for the NBA draft. Players who are 19 can already apply and there are a few of those players, a couple of which are in this game right now,” Boyson said.
Despite already seeing much taller and talented players in the Fiba-Asia tournament, Boyson said he is not closing the door on a Filipino player making the NBA one day.
“If there is one, hopefully, I’ll see them,” said Boyson.