In the championship game of the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Roger Brown’s beat the Portsmouth Sports Club 92-87 as 7’0 Garrett Stutz had another solid game with 20 points and eight rebounds. Ricardo Ratliffe helped out with 16 points and 12 boards.
In the other games, Portsmouth Partnership took 3rd place with a 78-75 win over Cherry, Bekart & Holland. Bradford Burgess led the winners with 19 points. Norfolk Sports Club won the consolation bracket topping Sales System LTD 88-71 as Augustus Gilchrist snatched 21 rebounds to go along with 19 points. Mike Duman beat K&D Rounds Landscaping 88-78 to capture 7th place with Kyle Weems scoring 20 points.
Some of the players who stood out on the final day of action were:
Stutz (7’0, Wichita State) was strong throughout the event. He averaged 14.7 points and 11 rebounds and showed nice touch from 15-18 feet. He even shot 2-for-4 on three’s. His shooting ability gives him an NBA chance. During the season he shot over 82% on FT’s and 33% on 3’s.
Ratliffe (6’8, Missouri) has the strength and quick jumping ability to be a solid rebounder. He grabbed nine offensive boards in the title game. He averaged 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in his three games.
Kyle O’ Quinn (6’10, Norfolk State) and Henry Sims (6’10, Georgetown) helped their team to the title game and were strong throughout the event. O’Quinn scored eight points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots in the final game. Sims went for 19 and 10 with five blocks. Both players have the length and offensive game to get a shot at the NBA. It’s unbelievable how all the major schools missed out on O’Quinn. He could have played anywhere.
JaMychal Green (6’8, Alabama) and Jordan Theodore (6’0, Seton Hall) continued to look good for their 3rd place team. Green registered a double-double with 11 and 10 while Theodore did the same with 13 points and 11 assists. For the event, Green averaged 19.3 points and 9.7 rebounds while Theodore averaged 13 points and eight assists.
Burgess (6’6, VCU) had his best game of the event on 6-for-10 shooting including 3-for-5 on three’s. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Prior to this game he was 5-for-14 from the field. He needs to become a more consistent shooter to have an NBA chance.
Gilchrist (6’10, South Florida) was a terror on the boards in his final game. Ten of his event-high 21 rebounds were off the offensive glass and his 19 points were his best offensive output in the event. He also blocked three shots. It’s a little tough to comprehend how Gilchrist only averaged five boards a game during the season but was likely the result of South Florida’s ball-control offense. If a player does one thing really well he’s got a chance at the NBA and Gilchrist can rebound. He averaged 16.7 boards to go along with 13 points for the event.
Wendell McKines (6’6, New Mexico State) had another strong game with 19 points and 13 rebounds. He registered three straight double-doubles and averaged 15.7 points and 12.3 rebounds. His major drawback is that his true height is 6’4 ¼ and he is a more effective mid-range than long-range shooter and he gets many of his baskets close to the hoop. That would generally make it tough for him to break into the NBA.
Jet Chang (6’4, BYU-Hawaii) had another nice game with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting, including 2-for-3 on 3’s. Chang had two good games out of three and should be able to get a nice spot in Europe.
Rakim Sanders (6’5, Fairfield) had the best offensive game of the day scoring 26 points on 11-for-13 shooting. He also pulled down seven boards. Sanders averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his three games. His strong body and excellent rebounding ability for a guard make him worth an NBA look.
Kyle Weems (6’6, Missouri State) ended the event on a strong note with 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting including two three’s. Weems shot over 40% on three’s for the season and has a strong body. He’s another player with the strength, size and shooting ability to possibly get an NBA look as a 2-3.
Julian Mavunga (6’8, Miami-OH) has been strong on the boards throughout the event and pulled down 14 in his last game. He averaged 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds and had three consistent games. He’s got a strong body and should be well in Europe.
We’ll be posting evaluations of the top players at the event as well as our All-Tournament Team and Most Outstanding Player sometime tomorrow.
Dave Maron is a Scout and Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball.