The 61st annual Portsmouth Invitational is tipping off on Wednesday and will put a number of senior talents largely flying under the NBA draft radar on display.
These young men can change their fortunes and navigate their way onto the big boards by putting together a solid performance against other hopefuls during this four-day prospect showcase in Virginia.
Let’s take a look at a complete list of players in this event, check out the tourney schedule, highlight some notable participants and more in our 2013 Portsmouth Invitational preview.
When: Wednesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 13
Where: Churchland High School, Portsmouth, Va.
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Siva just led the Cardinals to a national title with his stellar play from the point guard position, orchestrating a full-court press on defense and setting up his teammates on the other end.
The 6’0” guard finished his storybook 2012-13 campaign with averages of 10.0 points, 5.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
He’s a proven winner who could be counted on to lock down his man and facilitate coach Rick Pitino’s offense. Siva will now try to take his talents to the NBA, where he has a good chance of being selected in the draft.
While Portsmouth may not provide the same level of exposure that the Final Four and championship did in Atlanta, scouts and general managers will certainly be paying attention to his performance over the next few days.
Richard Howell, NC State
NC State was a disappointment during the regular season and was quickly bounced from the 2013 NCAA tourney, but it wasn’t due to Howell’s lack of effort.
The Wolfpack star forward piled in 12.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.9 blocks per contest, contributing heavily in the paint despite his relatively diminutive 6’8” stature.
Whatever Howell lacks in height he makes up for in desire and strength, as the 257-pounder worked hard for his rebounds and used his big hands to haul them in. His bulky frame allowed him to muscle his way into the paint and get buckets or move opponents for boards.
If he’s able to show he can clean the glass and score at will in the paint in this event, he’s certainly going to bolster his draft stock
Carl Hall, Wichita State
Hall started gaining recognition when his Shockers made a run to the Final Four—and very nearly the 2013 NCAA championship game.
The big man stands at only 6’8”, 240 pounds, but he’s one of the toughest players in the nation and isn’t afraid to bang bodies with anyone.
This fearlessness translates into exceptional offensive rebounding capabilities and other second-chance opportunities for his team. Hall is a solid glue guy due to his relentless motor, which makes sense when you consider he overcame a major heart issue to even play the game at this level.
If he’s able to unleash his tenacity and prove effective against bigger foes in the paint, Hall will greatly increase his stock prior to the draft.
Complete List of Participants
*Team rosters and sponsors can be found here.
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*Complete schedule with sponsors can be found here.
Game 1: Wednesday April 10 at 7 p.m. ET (First Round)
Game 2: Wednesday April 10 at 9 p.m. ET (First Round)
Game 3: Thursday April 11 at 3:15 p.m. ET (Consolation, G1 vs. G2)
Game 4: Thursday April 11 at 7 p.m. ET (First Round)
Game 5: Thursday April 11 at 9 p.m. ET (First Round)
Game 6: Friday April 12 at 3:15 p.m. ET (Consolation, G4 vs. G5)
Game 7: Friday April 12 at 7 p.m. ET (G1 vs. G2 Winner)
Game 8: Friday April 12 at 9 p.m. ET (G4 vs. G5 Winner)
Game 9: Saturday April 13 at 12 p.m. ET (Consolation, G3 vs. G6 Loser)
Game 10: Saturday April 13 at 2 p.m. ET (Consolation, G3 vs. G6 Winner)
Game 11: Saturday April 13 at 6 p.m. ET (G7 vs. G8 Loser, Third Place)
Game 12: Saturday April 13 8 p.m. ET (G7 vs. G8 Championship)