The 60th Portsmouth Invitational Tournament kicked off on Wednesday evening with 2 contests. The opening game matched the Portsmouth Sports Club and Norfolk Sports Club. The nightcap saw Cherry, Bekart, and Holland play K & D Rounds Landscaping.
Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State and Kevin Murphy of Tennessee Tech led the Portsmouth Sports Club to a 88-76 win. The game was played at a high level with both teams executing half court sets as well as in transition. Portsmouth pumped out an early 8-7 lead before Norfolk went on a run fueled by Charlie Westbrook of South Dakota. Norfolk extended the lead to 35-25 at the 7:34 mark. The Portsmouth Sports Club, led by O’Quinn used a stifling defense with strong rebounding to get out in transition and end the half with a 21-6 run and take the lead 46-41.Norfolk came out strong in the 2nd half and went ahead 51-50. Augustus Gilchrist of S. Florida & Westbrook led the run with help from Wendell McKines of New Mexico State. Portsmouth then turned on the pressure defense and got out in transition to overtake Norfolk and post an 88-76 win.
Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State) was the most impressive player in the contest. He is a 6’10” 240lb 4/5 who dominated at defensive end. He had 4 blocks and 12 rebounds, including 4 on the offensive boards. Quinn has a very good motor, runs the court extremely well, and is quick off his feet, athletic, strong, and plays with enthusiasm. He had decent footwork in the post and exhibited right hand over shoulder hooks. He also impressed us with his interior passing. He possesses a nice mid-range game and has the ability to step out and hit the occasional 3 point shot. He took one ill advised shot attempt. His form & release point were fine but his shot had poor rotation. He shot only 18.8% form 3 pt range so he does not translate as a stretch 4. We can see him developing a nice pick and pop game.
Kevin Murphy had a very efficient game. He was 11-14 from the field for 27 points. He also chipped in 6 rebounds. Murphy was the beneficiary of several transition baskets. He possesses a nice mid-range game and is very good 3 pt. shooter, as evidenced by his 43% average during the season. He hit both of his 3 pt attempts and showed a nice high release and good rotation. He can start up and also hit the 3 off the dribble.
Henry Sims is a very cerebral player. He’s shown consistent improvement in his 4 years at Georgetown. He is big and possesses good length. He is not a great athlete, but used his size and strength to establish good post position. He scored on a variety of put-backs and dunks. He is not an exceptional no step leaper. He passes the ball very well for his size, having played at high post in Georgetown’s offense. He has a decent mid-range game. The fact that he often played the high post and is not quick off his feet resulted in only averaging 6.2 rebounds per game during season but he was impressive with 7 rebounds in 27 minutes.
Augustas Gilchrist (S. Florida) had an impressive game with 12 points and 12 rebounds. He has a decent mid-range game and will step out and hit the occasional 3. He allowed his opponent low post position too easily. His biggest problem has been consistency. He appears to be in better physical condition that he has in the past.
Charlie Westbrook (S. Dakota) is a 1st team All Great West Conference player. He did not shoot particularly well. However, he is an extremely impressive athlete. He showed great improvement in his shooting percentage from beyond the arc in his senior season. He has quick hands and plays the passing lanes well. He showed the ability to lock down his opponent. He doesn’t always make the best decisions with the ball as evidenced by his negative assist/turnover ratio.
Mitchell Wyatt (Buffalo) is a very impressive athlete. He was the Mid-American Conference player of the year. At 6’10” and 225lbs, he clearly needs to get stronger. He is quick off his feet an can step out and hit the 3. He has a nice, high, quick release with good rotation. He seemed intent on proving to NBA scouts that he can hit the 3. He only attempted 34 3’s in 31 games during the season but attempted 3 in this contest. He is a good weak-side shot blocker.
Wendell McKines is a 6’6” 230lb 3/4 from N. Mexico State. He was the WAC player of the year. He had an impressive 16 point and 10 rebound game. However, he only shot 7-18 from the field and was 2-7 from 3 point territory. He’s another player who tried to impress scouts by showing he can hit the 3 consistently and therefore be a small forward. He can hit the occasional 3 but his strength and activity in the post are his strongest traits, and that 6’6” does not translate to the next level.
Cherry, Bekart, and Holland used a very balanced attack to defeat K & D Rounds 85-73. CBH used a strong interior defense anchored by Eli Holman of Detroit and a balanced perimeter interior game to jump out to a 26-12 lead. Cameron Moore of UAB, Keith Wright of Harvard, and Rakim Sanders of Fairfield led K & D on a 24-7 run in a game that was tied at the half 36-36.The game remained close until the 9 minute mark when CBH took control with 2nd chance points to open up a 16 point lead with 4 minutes, 55 seconds left and coasted to a 86-74 victory.
CBH had a very balanced line up that meshed well together. All 8 players were unselfish and showed good effort. We were most impressed by Chace Stanback and Eli Holman.
Eli Holman is a 6’10” 260lb 4/5 from Detroit. He was very active and set the tone early with 2 nice blocks. He does most of his damage in the paint. He did not show a face up game but was very active. He does not have 3 point range and does not have good mechanics from the line. He will have to develop 8-15’ face up game to have chance at the next level. However, he is a big body who does not shy away from contact in the paint which is a rare attribute for a 4/5.
Chace Stanback is a 6’8” 215lb 2/3 from UNLV. His size and ability to hit the 3 at a 45% clip makes him an intriguing prospect. He used nice ball fakes to establish space and hit a few jumpers. He missed several spot up 3’s and only shot 1 for 5 from distance. He is not a good rebounder (4.4 per game). He did have a positive assist/turnover ratio but only averaged 1.9 assists per game.
Rakim Sanders (Fairfield) is 6’5” and appears to be bigger than 210 lbs he is listed. He is long, has ability to step outside and hit mid-range shots. He only shot 31% from 3 point territory but often drew double teams throughout the year. He has quick hands and uses his strength well defensively. He can play out of control and commit foolish fouls by over-penetrating.
Dave Maron is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball