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Players to Watch
Travis Releford, Kansas, 6'6'', SG/SF
Travis Releford is a prospect who can impact a game without denting the stat sheet. He's the ultimate glue guy–someone who makes the extra pass, knocks down the open shot and defends the perimeter. A tournament like Portsmouth is unlikely to alter his draft stock either way. If there's a team out there looking for a reliable role-playing wing, Releford will be an option in the second round. For what it's worth, I'd take him.
Ramon Galloway, La Salle, 6'3'', SG
Galloway led La Salle to a couple of wins in the NCAA tournament, illustrating his elite athleticism at the combo-guard position. He averaged 17 points on 41 percent shooting from downtown as a senior, beating defenders off the dribble and knocking down shots on the perimeter. Galloway is the type of kid who can take over a tournament like this. If I were to make a list of five potential candidates to raise their stock in Portsmouth, he'd be on it.
Dexter Strickland, North Carolina, 6'3'', PG/SG
Dexter Strickland returned from a torn ACL, but his explosiveness got left behind. He's an excellent athlete who can defend the perimeter and handle the ball, but his explosiveness and quickness were what helped offset his nonexistent perimeter stroke. He'll need to show scouts he's back to where he was physically in order to earn a spot on the NBA radar.
Chase Tapley, San Diego State, 6'3'', SG
Tapley is one of the more complete scorers in the Portsmouth field, showing he can put up points off the dribble by attacking and pulling up or making shots off the ball. Tapley lacks the size and athleticism of your typical scoring guard for the NBA, and without point guard instincts, there likely won't be a position for him at the next level. He should put up big numbers in Portsmouth, but I doubt it will move the needle.