Portsmouth Invitational 2014: Rosters, Top Prospects, Schedule, Bracket and More

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2014

George Mason's Johnny Williams (2) tries to defend as Saint Louis' Jordair Jett (5) drives to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
Scott Kane

Although the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament does not necessarily feature the best NBA draft-eligible prospects, there are a number of young players looking to prove themselves in a competitive atmosphere.

The Virginia event features 64 college seniors placed on eight teams that battle in a 12-game tournament. Each squad gets to play three games while it looks to win the event.

Of course, winning and losing does not matter as much as simply impressing scouts. Players who were overlooked throughout the year will get a chance to prove that they either deserve to get drafted or should be able to secure a place on a Summer League roster.

Additionally, international scouts should be in attendance for those players looking to continue their careers overseas.

Every player will look to showcase themselves, but a few will stand out from the rest. Here is a look at a full list by team as well as the top prospects available.

Note: All team and scheduling info courtesy of PortsmouthInvitational.com.

Full Rosters By Team
Cherry Bekaert
NamePos.HeightSchool
Chad PosthumusC6'11"Morehead State
Sean ArmandG6'5"Iona
Will NeighbourF6'10"Arkansas-Little Rock
Andre DawkinsG6'5"Duke
De'Mon BrooksF6'7"Davidson
Langston GallowayG6'2"Saint Joseph's
Okaro WhiteF6'9"Florida State
K&D Rounds Landscaping
NamePos.HeightSchool
Richard SolomonC6'10"California
Travis BaderF6'5"Oakland
Ronald Roberts Jr.F6'8"Saint Joseph's
Mark McLaughlinG6'6"Central Washington
Augustine RubitF6'7"South Alabama
Eric AtkinsG6'2"Notre Dame
Davon UsherG6'6"Delaware
Trevor RelefordG6'0"Alabama
Mike Duman Auto Sales
NamePos.HeightSchool
Killian LarsonC6'9"Grand Canyon
Davion BerryG6'4"Weber State
Josh DavisF6'8"San Diego State
Kareem JamarG6'5"Montana
Sam DowerF6'9"Gonzaga
Jason BrickmanG6'0"LIU
Jamil WilsonF6'7"Marquette
Kendrick PerryG6'0"Youngstown
Norfolk Sports Club
NamePos.HeightSchool
D.J. CunninghamC6'10"UNC Ashville
Drew CrawfordF6'5"Northwestern
Juvonte ReddicF6'9"VCU
J.J. MannG6'6"Belmont
Javon McCreaF6'7"Buffalo
Anthony IrelandG5'10"Loyola-Marymount
Shawn GloverF6'7"Oral Roberts
Tim FrazierG6'1"Penn State
Portsmouth Partnership
NamePos.HeightSchool
Shayne WhittingtonC6'11"Western Michigan
Troy HuffG6'5"North Dakota
D.J. CovingtonF6'9"VMI
Isaiah SykesG6'6"Central Florida
Akil MitchellF6'8"Virginia
Jake OdumG6'4"Indiana State
James BellF6'6"Villanova
Joe JacksonG6'1"Memphis
Portsmouth Sports Club
NamePos.HeightSchool
Garrick ShermanC6'11"Notre Dame
Dalton PepperF6'5"Temple
Jerrelle BenimonF6'8"Towson
Roberto NelsonG6'4"Oregon State
Justin JacksonF6'8"Cincinnati
Langston HallG6'4"Mercer
Z. MasonF6'6"Tennessee-Chattanooga
Devon SaddlerG6'2"Delaware
Roger Brown's Restaurant
NamePos.HeightSchool
Aaric MurrayC6'10"Texas Southern
Taylor BraunG6'7"North Dakota State
Shawn JonesF6'8"Middle Tennessee
Nick KelloggG6'3"Ohio
Tyler StoneF6'8"SE Missouri State
Jordair JettG6'1"Saint Louis
Fuquan EdwinF6'6"Seton Hall
Chaz WilliamsG5'9"Massachusetts
Sales System LTD
NamePos.HeightSchool
Tarik BlackC6'9"Kansas
Rian PearsonF6'4"Toledo
Davante GardnerF6'8"Marquette
Tyler JohnsonG6'4"Fresno State
Josh HuestisF6'7"Stanford
Markel StarksG6'1"Georgetown
Niels GiffeyF6'7"Connecticut
David StocktonG5'11"Gonzaga
via PortsmouthInvitational.com
Portsmouth Invitational Schedule
GameDateMatchupTime (ET)
1April 16Norfolk Sports Club vs. K&D Round's Landscaping7 p.m.
2April 16Portsmouth Sports Club vs. Roger Brown's Restaurant9 p.m.
3April 17Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 23:15 p.m.
4April 17Mike Duman Auto Sales vs. Sales Systems LTD7 p.m.
5April 17Portsmouth Partnership vs. Cherry Bekaert9 p.m.
6April 18Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 53:15 p.m.
7April 18Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 27 p.m.
8April 18Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 59 p.m.
9April 19Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 612 p.m.
10April 19Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 62 p.m.
11April 19Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 86 p.m.
12April 19Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 88 p.m.
via PortsmouthInvitational.com

 

Top Prospects

Juvonte Reddic, PF, VCU

RICH SCHULTZ

Although Juvonte Reddic had an up-and-down career at VCU, he has a lot of talent that could translate to the next level.

Reddic had his best season in his junior year, averaging 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. While he improved slightly on the rebounding front, he struggled to score as his field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage were down. 

Despite these struggles, he still managed 11.8 points per game as a legitimate force inside who knows how to get points in the paint. He displays good athleticism and the ability to run the floor consistently.

Considering how VCU head coach Shaka Smart loved to use his "Havoc" full-court press, Reddic would not have played unless he was in great shape with the ability to get up and down the court.

This skill is extremely useful in big men in the NBA. Even if he cannot create his own shot, he will find ways to score from just having a big-time motor. This will not necessarily be on display in predraft workouts, but it will be seen in these exhibition games.

 

Fuquan Edwin, SF, Seton Hall

Alex Brandon

Seton Hall struggled for much of the season, but this had little to do with Fuquan Edwin. The senior forward was one of the best defensive players in the nation this year, always affecting a game in some way.

The 6'6" player was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year thanks to his average of 2.7 steals per game. After earning the award, he explained to J.P. Pelzman of NorthJersey.com:

It’s an accomplishment for me. I’m proud. All my hard work paid off. 

You’ve got to be active. I’ve tried every game to go in with the mind-set of trying to make sure I get around 10 to 15 deflections. That’s something I take pride in. I don’t really focus on the steals.

Whether he was going for steals or not, he finished his career with 295 of them to rank first in school history.

Edwin has long arms and good athleticism that will allow him to stick with some of the better guards and forwards at the next level and help him disrupt opposing offenses.

Add this to an ability to slash into the lane and finish at the rim, and he could find himself having a long NBA career.

 

Andre Dawkins, SG, Duke

DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 28:  Andre Dawkins #34 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a three-point basket against the Eastern Michigan Eagles during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 82-59.
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There are plenty of other people you usually notice when watching a Duke game. However, Andre Dawkins provided a lot of value as a role player who did all the little things to help the Blue Devils on both ends of the court.

At 6'5", the guard has good size to handle defenders and prevent them from getting easy looks on the outside. He also showed throughout the year that he has a knack for finding lose balls and getting to them before anyone else.

However, his true skill is on the offensive end of the court where he can light it up from outside. Dawkins finished the regular season shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range, which led all qualified ACC shooters by a significant margin. 

ESPN's Dan Shulman discussed the problems with defending him in a zone:

Every basketball team at any level could use a quality three-point shooter. If Dawkins can showcase his consistency in this tournament while also providing value in other areas, he could certainly get a look on an NBA roster.

At the very least, his shooting ability will ensure that he is able to play professionally somewhere.

 

Okaro White, PF, Florida State

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 13:  Okaro White #10 of the Florida State Seminoles goes up to block a shot against the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 13, 2014 in Greensboro, N
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Based on production alone, you can imagine teams overlooking Okaro White. He averaged an unspectacular 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for a team that did not make the NCAA tournament.

However, the skill set is what should truly intrigue NBA front offices. At 6'9" with good athleticism, he has the ability to throw down some ferocious dunks like this one:

He showed throughout his career the ability to post up defenders his size and score with his back to the basket. He also improved his efficiency from the outside, making 37.5 percent of three-point shots this past season.

When playing at his best, he is a matchup nightmare that could score on anyone. He reached 16 points in nine of his last 10 games, and this scoring ability can certainly translate to success at the next level. 

The biggest issue is probably on the defensive end, where he tends to get into foul trouble with regularity. However, some advanced coaching could help him reach his potential and be a regular contributor in the NBA.

 

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