The 62nd annual Portsmouth Invitational featured three games with four new teams making their debut.
The first game saw the two losing squads from Wednesday face off. The Portsmouth Sports Club prevailed in a close game 92-91 over K&D Rounds Landscaping. Portsmouth Sports Club jumped out to a 47-35 lead before nearly squandering the game as they had the night before.
Roberto Nelson of Oregon State scored 19 points. His performance was very uneven. He started the game with three turnovers and did not record an assist in the contest. He hit five critical spot up three point shots. He can make shots when he moves without the ball and his teammates can find him. He is also capable of putting the ball on the floor and finishing. However he can be sloppy with the ball and does not exhibit good decision making skills that a point guard must have.
Justin Jackson of Cincinnati has the ability to effect a game with the great effort he brings to every possession. He scored 10 points with 18 rebounds including nine on the offensive end. He has an incredible motor and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has game impacting defensive skills. He can finish well at the basket but does not possess perimeter skills or good low post footwork and advanced moves. He has a 7’1 wingspan but has a slender frame.
Devon Saddler and Jerrelle Benimon each had six assists to allow their teammates open looks. Benimon had a very solid game and has to be considered one of the top NBA prospects at the event.
Augustine Rubit of South Alabama hit several nice mid range jumpers and led K&D with 19 points. Ronald Roberts Jr. displayed his superior athleticism and some nice footwork around the basket. He finished the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Atkins continued to distribute the ball effectively and had 10 assists and only one turnover. Travis Bader and Davon Usher displayed their sweet strokes from the perimeter.
Sales Systems prevailed in a close contest against Mike Duman Auto Sales 79-77. Davante Gardner paced Sales Systems with 18 points. He exhibited very good footwork and used his body well to finish at the basket. David Stockton was impressive distributing the ball. He has an incredible ability and timing to get the ball to his teammates in rhythm. Ian Chiles of Maryland Eastern Shore was intriguing. He is 7’1 1/2 with a 7’6″ wingspan. He has good hands and a nice face up game from 8-15 feet. He does not have much lower body strength and his conditioning and motor are suspect. Markel Starks and Josh Huestis were solid.
Jamil Wilson and Davion Berry paced Mike Duman Auto Sales with 18 and 16 points respectively. Wilson has impressive length and is a skilled player. If he can display the shooting touch from three point range that he did his junior season and improve on that then he could find a spot in the league in the right situation.
Portsmouth Partnership put on perhaps the best performance of the event to date beating Cherry Bekaert 88-81. The Partnership had a balanced attack with solid performances from several players. Shayne Whittington of Western Michigan had 19 points and eight rebounds and displayed a fine touch in making four of seven three point shots. This would seem to be an anomaly as he only shot 15% from distance over his career. DJ Covington of VMI impressed. He is a solid athlete with good hands. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Langston Galloway and Sean Armand were solid. Andre Dawkins scored 20 points. However, he attempted 11 three-pointers and did not have an assist or a rebound. He is a specialty player and that specialty is draining shots from the perimeter.
The action continues today with three contests starting at 3:15.
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