In the consolation game starting the third day of the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Sales System LTD edged Mike Duman 89-87 behind strong performances from Kyle Fogg and Xavier Gibson. Here are our observations:
Fogg (6’3, Arizona) – Fogg bounced back from 2-for-16 shooting in his first game and was solid all game, hitting all three of his three-pointers in route to 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds and had six assists against three turnovers. We view Fogg as a steady shooting guard with a good possibility of a solid career in high level Europe.
Xavier Gibson (6’11, Florida State) – Gibson was effective scoring inside and out to 12-15 feet. He shot 9-for-12 in the game (19 points) but only grabbed three rebounds and was charged with four turnovers. With his height and strength he should be a more effective rebounder. He’s averaging 5.5 in his two games.
Kim English (6’6, Missouri) continued his strong showing scoring 22 points for the second straight game. His effort on offense was very much like his first game, shooting 7-for-15 and 6-for-6 from the line. He wasn’t as effective on the boards, grabbing only two. English has impressed us so far.
Ashton Gibbs (6’2, Pittsburgh) had another excellent offensive game for Duman, again scoring 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting, including 3-for-6 3′s. Gibbs is now shooting 15-for-23 in his two games. Although we still do not see him as a point guard, he can definitely score and will do very well overseas.
The next game was another close contest as Portsmouth Sports Club advanced to the title game with a 76-74 win over Cherry, Bekart & Holland 76-74. Ramone Moore led the winners with 19 points.
Moore (6’4, Temple) is another solid two guard who will do well if he decides to head overseas. He had a solid offensive game shooting 6-of-11 including 3-of-4 from deep. He didn’t add much in the rest of his game with only one rebound and one assist.
Kyle O’ Quinn (6’10, Norfolk State) and Henry Sims (6’10, Georgetown) helped their team to the win by dominating the boards. O’Quinn (7’5 wingspan) grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with nine points while Sims (7’4 wingspan) had 10 boards and 10 points. Both these players are intriguing because of their length and ability to rebound. O’Quinn has also shown a nice step-out game.
Devoe Joseph (6’3, Oregon) played a nice game at point for the winners, scoring 11 points and dishing seven assists with only two turnovers. We like Joseph and feel he should at least get a shot in an NBA training camp. His liability would be whether he has the lateral quickness to guard opposing points, he does possess outstanding speed end to end.
Greg Mangano (6’10, Yale) had a nice game with 13 points and nine boards. Mangano can shoot from deep (3-of-5 in this game) but we don’t feel he’s tough enough to battle NBA bigs on a consistent basis. He’ll do well in Europe with his ability to step out.
Roger Brown’s also advanced to the championship game with an easy 93-73 win over Portsmouth Partnership.
Garrett Stutz (7’0, Wichita State) had another solid effort on the boards grabbing 11 including five on the offensive end. Stutz is averaging 12.5 rebounds in his two games. He also can step-out to 15-18 feet so he is worth an NBA look. He scored 15 in this game on 7-of-13 shooting.
Terrance Henry (6’9, Mississippi) continued to impress us with his size, athleticism and ability to get to the hoop quickly. He scored 13 points, grabbed six boards and had three assists. He definitely has upside if he can refine his talent.
JaMychal Green (6’8, Alabama) and Jordan Theodore (6’0, Seton Hall) both had solid games for the losers. Green went for 18 and nine and made all 10 of his free throws. Theodore had 12 points, six assists and three turnovers. Both have a chance of making our All-Tournament Team.
Dave Maron is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.