Full Scouting Report for the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterApril 15, 2014

Full Scouting Report for the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational

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    The Portsmouth Invitational is a tournament that's designed for college seniors looking to get recognized. And only seniors are eligible to participate in the event, and only ones who've been specifically invited. 

    However, many seniors decline their invite for the fear of getting exposed against inferior prospects. For a top senior, there's just not much to gain. 

    Still, there are a couple of guys every year who are able to make strong impressions and ultimately improve their NBA draft stock.  

    Last year, Brandon Davies won the tournament MVP, and you can now find him on the Philadelphia 76ers roster. 

    The tournament is broken down into eight teams with eight players on each squad, and it will take place April 16-19.

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Andre Dawkins, Duke, 6'5", SG

    After redshirting last year, Dawkins' role as a senior was limited, but in the time he was given, he established himself as one of the top shooters in the nation. His numbers were actually off the charts. Dawkins hit 1.7 three-pointers in only 13.7 minutes a game at a 42 percent clip. There isn't much else to Dawkins' game other than spot-up shooting, but if he's able to make it rain in Portsmouth, it could help turn heads of those interested in acquiring a sniper this offseason. 

     

    Okaro White, Florida State, 6'9", PF

    White is long, wiry and super athletic. He averaged 13.6 points and 6.8 boards on 37.5 percent shooting from downtown—all career bests. He's a high-flier in the open floor, and he's active around the rim. Given his size, length and quickness, he's able to defend a couple of positions out there on the floor. White doesn't have any standout strengths skill-wise, but he might attract attention from teams looking for some frontcourt athleticism and versatility.

     

    De'Mon Brooks, Davidson, 6'7", SF 

    At 6'7", 230 pounds, Brooks is a versatile yet powerful forward who averaged 19 points and 7.1 boards on a terrific 58.6 percent shooting. He's skilled in the post, where he's got solid footwork and nice touch with both hands. This year, he even hit 14-of-31 from downtown after hitting just 9-of-41 as a junior. Unfortunately, Brooks doesn't have a natural position for the pros on either side of the ball. He'll likely put up some big numbers in Portsmouth, but I'm not so sure they'll translate to NBA looks.

     

    Rest of Roster

    Chad Posthumus, Morehead State, 6'11", C

    Sean Armand, Iona, 6'5", SG

    Will Neighbour, Arkansas-Little Rock, 6'10", PF

    Langston Galloway, Saint Joseph's, 6'2", PG/SG

    Patrick Miller, Tennessee State, 6'0", G

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Travis Bader, Oakland, 6'5", SG

    Bader has been a scoring machine for Oakland, having averaged at least 20 points in back-to-back years. His game is predicated on jump shooting. Bader just might have one of the prettiest strokes you'll see, which he used to knock down 147 three-pointers as a senior, good for No. 2 in the country. He actually nailed 4.5 a game, the second year in a row he's averaged at least 4.2 makes. Portsmouth was built for players like Bader, who should have a chance to earn himself some team workouts with a strong showing.

     

    Richard Solomon, California, 6'10", PF/C

    Solomon averaged an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double as a senior for California. He's got good size and length, along with the mobility to run the floor and the athleticism to finish strong around the rim. Solomon isn't too skilled, but he nearly doubled his assist total from a year ago, averaged more than a block and controlled the glass in the middle. Still, he'll have to find a way to differentiate himself in Portsmouth.

     

    Ronald Roberts Jr., Saint Joseph's, 6'8", PF

    Roberts is a big-time athlete at the power forward position, where he averaged over 14 points and seven boards on 60 percent shooting in his final year with Saint Joseph's. He's got a live motor and high energy, which he uses to grab loose balls, run the floor and finish plays around the rim. Roberts isn't much of a go-to option, but he can score in the post with room to work. 

     

    Rest of Roster

    Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington, 6'6", SG/SF

    Augustine Rubit, South Alabama, 6'7", F

    Eric Atkins, Notre Dame, 6'2", PG

    Davon Usher, Delaware, 6'6", SG

    Trevor Releford, Alabama, 6'0", PG

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Jamil Wilson, Marquette. 6'7", SF

    Wilson is a strong, 230-pound wing who can score inside or out. He averaged around 12 points and 2.6 assists a game this year, failing to make the jump many were hoping he would make. Wilson can face his man up and attack, spread the floor or finish plays off the ball. But his three-point percentage took a disappointing dip down to 32 percent. He'll need to prove he can shoot if he wants any chance at generating NBA interest. 

     

    Davion Berry, Weber State, 6'4", SG

    The 2014 Big Sky Player of the Year, Davion Berry averaged just over 19 points and nearly four assists per game. He's a lethal perimeter scorer who can pull up from 25 feet or spot up off the ball as a shooter. He also picked up nearly seven points a game at the free-throw line this year, which reflects his ability to threaten the defense inside the arc. At 6'4", 185 pounds, he's a bit of a tweener for the next level, but Berry is the type of kid who can take over a tournament like Portsmouth. 

     

    Rest of Roster

    Killian Larson, Grand Canyon, 6'9", PF/C

    Kareem Jamar, Montana, 6'5", SG

    Josh Davis, San Diego State, 6'8", PF

    Jason Brickman, Long Island, 6'0", PG

    Kendrick Perry, Youngstown, 6'0", PG

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Juvonte Reddic, VCU, 6'9", PF

    Reddic certainly has the physical profile of an NBA big man. At 6'9" with a 248-pound frame and a near 7'0" wingspan, Reddic is a solid athlete who can finish above the rim and through traffic. He brought in an impressive 3.6 offensive rebounds per game this year, highlighting his presence on the interior and the glass. However, Reddic's production fell off this season, as his scoring average dropped from 14.6 to 11.8 points a game. He's not much of a threat one-on-one in the post or outside, though he can face his man up and beat him with a first step. Still, given the down year he had, he'll need a dominant performance at Portsmouth to put him back on the map.

     

    Javon McCrea, Buffalo, 6'7", PF

    McCrea had a monster year at Buffalo where he averaged 18.5 points and 9.9 boards on 56 percent shooting. At 6'7", 250 pounds, he's a bully on the interior, and he's got the footwork and hands to finish in a variety of different ways. McCrea also has a strong nose for the ball, both as a rebounder and shot-blocker (2.2 blocks per game). However, he's an under-the-rim athlete who's severely undersized for the NBA 4. McCrea should be able to put up some big numbers at Portsmouth, but he looks like your textbook tweener as a prospect.

     

    Shawn Glover, Oral Roberts, 6'7", SF

    Glover erupted for Oral Roberts as a senior, having finished No. 12 in the nation in scoring with over 21 points a game. He's an excellent athlete with an improved perimeter game and some intriguing defensive potential. Glover has put up points against some pretty impressive teams this year—he went for 24 against Wisconsin, 22 against Wichita State and 22 against Baylor. Keep an eye on Glover in Portsmouth—he might be one of the biggest sleepers in this year's field. 

     

    Rest of Roster

    Drew Crawford, Northwestern, 6'5", SG

    J.J. Mann, Belmont, 6'6", F

    Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount, 5'10", PG

    Tim Frazier, Penn State, 6'1", G 

Team Portsmouth Partnership

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Joe Jackson, Memphis, 6'1", PG

    Jackson should be one of the more high-profile prospects at the event, given his role as Memphis' floor leader the last few years. He averaged 14.1 points and 4.5 assists, to go with a career-low 2.1 turnovers per game. Jackson is quick and shifty with the ball, and he can break down defenses and make plays from within it. His jumper has been erratic, and it's likely held his stock in check, as he shot just 27 percent from downtown this season. Jackson's overall play has been fairly inconsistent, but he's got the skill set and quickness to at least present himself as a potential NBA playmaker. 

     

    Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida, 6'6", SG/SF

    Sykes is a physical, versatile wing with great strength. He does most of his damage inside the arc, where he hit 186 of his 198 field goals and grabbed over seven boards a game. Sykes can put it on the floor and create (3.5 assists per game), and he can get to the rack and finish after contact. He also averaged 1.7 steals, and he's got some appealing defensive tools to work with. The obvious hole in his game is his jumper. Sykes has shot below 62 percent from the line in each year at Central Florida, and he only hit 12 three-pointers all season as a senior. Sykes might have to show he can shoot it to draw real interest, but he'll definitely be a must-watch prospect for those scouts attending Portsmouth.

     

    Troy Huff, North Dakota, 6'5", SG

    Portsmouth will be a great opportunity for Troy Hoff, who's put up some pretty big numbers in the Big Sky Conference. But he didn't just light up mid-major schools—Huff hung 37 points on that Wisconsin Final Four defense, and he put up 25 against Oregon not too long after. He averaged 19 points a game on 45 percent shooting this season, thanks to some showtime athleticism and terrific scoring instincts. His jumper has been inconsistent, but Huff can be a streaky shooter who can knock down shots in bunches. If they start falling in Portsmouth, it's not out of the question teams view him as a potential second-round option. 

     

    Rest of Roster

    Shayne Wittington, Western Michigan, 6'11", C

    D.J. Covington, VMI, 6'9", PF

    Jake Odum, Indiana State, 6'4", PG/SG

    Akil Mitchell, Virginia, 6'8", PF

    James Bell, Villanova, 6'6", SG

Team Portsmouth Sports Club

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Justin Jackson, Cincinnati, 6'8", PF

    There's no mystery as to what Jackson brings to the table. He's an energy guy with a live motor who makes plays off the ball as a finisher and shot-blocker. He blocked nearly three shots a game despite standing just 6'8". Jackson isn't too skilled—you wouldn't insert him into a game to score. He's all about constant activity from baseline to baseline, whether he's chasing down a fast break or keeping a ball alive on the glass. For a team looking for some frontcourt life, Jackson might be an option to consider in the second round or as a training camp invite. 

     

    Jerrelle Benimon, Towson, 6'8", PF

    Benimon finished tied for second in the nation in rebounding, thanks to his strong 6'8", 245-pound frame and terrific nose for the ball. He also added over 18 points a game, showcasing a refined skill set consisting of a post game and face-up game. Benimon can attack his man and the rim, or he can wheel and deal with his back to the hoop. He also averaged 3.6 assists, which reflects his high basketball IQ and passing instincts. He's not a very good athlete, and with no real jumper, his lack of standout size or explosiveness is going to hurt his stock and outlook. But Benimon is a guy who should perform well at an event like Portsmouth, where there won't be many prospects who can stick with him down low. 

     

    Roberto Nelson, Oregon State, 6'4", SG

    Nelson was an offensive gunner for Oregon State this year, where he averaged nearly 21 points a game. He's a below-average athlete and undersized for a scoring guard, which is what's kept him from hitting NBA radars. But there's no doubt Nelson knows how to put the ball in the hoop. He can create his own shot from any angle on the floor, and he's got the shot-making skills to knock them down with hands in his face. He's also an excellent shooter, having hit 39 percent of his threes in back-to-back years. Don't be surprised if Nelson blows up in Portsmouth, but given his physical limitations, the NBA seems like a long shot.

     

    Rest of Roster

    Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame, 6'11", C

    Dalton Pepper, Temple, 6'5", F

    Langston Hall, Mercer, 6'4", SG

    Devon Saddler, Delaware, 6'2", SG

    Z. Mason, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6'6", F

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    Key Prospects to Watch

    Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, 6'6", SG/SF

    An NBA-caliber athlete with traditional size, strength and quickness for the wing, Fuquan Edwin hit radars following his breakout junior year at Seton Hall. However, he didn't do enough as a senior, with his scoring average falling from 16.5 points to 14.5 points, and his three-point percentage plummeting to 33 percent from 41 percent. Still, Edwin didn't have much talent to play off this past season, and his two-way potential remains intact. He averaged 2.7 steals a game this year—the third year in a row he's finished with at least 2.4 per game. Offensively, he's an effective slasher, and he's dangerous in the open floor. It really comes down to consistent outside shooting for Edwin, who'll need a threatening jumper to make a roster. If he can prove to scouts he's got promise and room for growth as a shooter, there's no doubt he'll get some good, hard second-round looks.

     

    Aaric Murray, Texas Southern, 6'10", C

    A former LaSalle and West Virginia transfer, Aaric Murray had his best year at Texas Southern where he averaged 21.6 points, 7.5 boards and 2.5 blocks a game. He takes up a ton of space in the middle with tremendous size and length, and he can finish in the paint in a variety of different ways. Murray has also shown the touch and confidence to step outside and knock down jumpers. He hit 31 three-pointers this season, and he's shot at least 70 percent in three college seasons. It's too bad Murray will be 25 years old in July. Unless anyone views him as a guy who can contribute next year, don't expect to hear Murray's name called this June.

     

    Taylor Braun, North Dakota State, 6'7", SF

    The Summit League Player of the Year, Taylor Braun guided the Bison to the NCAA tournament, where they beat Oklahoma in the round of 64.  Braun is a skilled scorer who can generate offense one-on-one. Whether he's jab-stepping into a jumper or attacking the rim off the dribble, Braun has the ability to take over stretches of game. He's even shot over 40 percent from downtown in three straight years. Braun isn't an explosive athlete, and he shot just 2-of-14 in North Dakota State's loss to San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, but a strong showing in Portsmouth could get him some second-round looks. 

     

    Rest of Roster

    Nick Kellogg, Ohio, 6'3", G

    Chaz Williams, Massachusetts, 5'9", PG

    Jordair Jett, Saint Louis, 6'1", G

    Tyler Stone, SE Missouri State, 6'8", PF

    Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee, 6'8", PF

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    Key Players to Watch

    Josh Huestis, Stanford, 6'7", SF

    Josh Huestis is your prototypical glue guy who finishes, rebounds and defends. He's averaged at least eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game in each of his last two seasons, illustrating his ability to make plays without the ball in his hands. He's limited as a scorer and shooter, but his ability to impact games without many offensive skills is what ultimately drives his appeal as a prospect.

     

    Markel Starks, Georgetown, 6'1", PG

    Starks raised his scoring average to 17.3 points as Georgetown's lead senior guard. Starks can create offense off the dribble for both himself and teammates, though he's not a standout athlete and his three-point percentage fell to 32.6 percent from 41.7 percent. Starks is a skilled offensive guard, but as a scoring point guard without a specialty strength and under-the-rim athleticism, he might have a tough time generating much NBA interest. 

     

    Davante Gardner, Marquette, 6'8", PF

    At 6'8", 290 pounds, Gardner uses his monster body to go to work in the paint. He can't jump over a puddle, but Gardner has terrific hands around the rim. He typically uses his butt to gain position and his touch to finish inside. He's also shown touch in the mid-range, and he's shot at least 75 percent from the line in all four years at Marquette. However, Gardner finished with just 15 blocks and 10 steals on the year, and he averaged less than six boards a game. Without any athleticism to match his size and hands, Europe seems more likely than the pros.

     

    Rest of Roster

    Rian Pearson, Toledo, 6'4", SG

    Tyler Johnson, Fresno State, 6'4", SG

    Niels Giffey, Connecticut, 6'7", SF

    David Stockton, Gonzaga, 5'11", PG