OSU's Gallagher-Iba ranked among worst places for NBA teams to scout games

Gallagher-Iba Arena: One of the best places as a fan to witness a game. But what about as an NBA scout?
www.draftexpress.com Published: January 15, 2014


photo - OU / OSU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins (20) celebrates with fans during the Bedlam men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma Sooners at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OU / OSU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Michael Cobbins (20) celebrates with fans during the Bedlam men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the University of Oklahoma Sooners at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Gallagher-Iba Arena: One of the best (and loudest) places as a fan to witness a game.


But what about as an NBA scout? Not so much, according to DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony, who reached out to members of every NBA front office to ask about which are the best and worst places in college basketball to scout players.
Tied for the most votes in the “least accommodating college program” were UCLA and Oklahoma State.

From DraftExpress.com’s article:

"Oklahoma State also got quite a few mentions as being not particularly accommodating, with certain scouts going out of their way to mention negative experiences.

“That's a bad seat,” a Director of Scouting informed. “They put you upstairs on the baseline, which in their case is way up. They don't have a lot of media seating. The lower level is very small. You have to use relationships with the coaching staff. That's a rough one in my experience.”

“That's a ‘do not visit venue for me,” a Director of Player Personnel told us. “I just don't go back to places where I have one or two bad experiences. Especially if it's as out of the way as they are. If I have to go somewhere like that I'll just use Stubhub and pay an arm and a leg. That's not ideal, especially when you are on the eighth game of a nine day trip, and you can barely remember what city you're in, but sometimes you have no choice. If I have a relationship with the visiting team's coaching staff then I might try and use that if I need to. I hate asking for favors, but sometimes that's just what you have to do.”

Ouch.

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