The final two games at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Thursday night featured the only four teams that had yet to play.
St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams had one of the most impressive performances of the day, but it was in a losing effort as his team (Roger Brown’s) lost 94-72 to Portsmouth Sports Club. PSC led by just four at half but shot 11-21 from three in the final period and controlled the glass, 53-43.
Seton Hall’s Angelo Delgado grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the winning team while three of his teammates — St. Bonaventure’s Matt Mobley (16 points), Arizona State’s Shannon Evans (15 points) and Murray State’s Johnathan Stark (14 points)– each launched eight or more threes. Their freewheeling style set the tone for an uptempo second half which saw them score 64 points. Quietly, though, Virginia’s Devon Hall led the way with a game-high 18 points (6-11 FGs), two assists, eight rebounds and three steals. Along with Hall, Vanderbilt’s Jeff Roberson (10 points, seven rebounds) showed value on both ends of the floor. Providence’s Rodney Bullock joined them in double figures (11 points) and hit a couple floaters in the lane.
Evans had a team-high four assists, but also four turnovers. He along with Stark and Mobley looked more like undersized combo guards than point guards. All three, especially Evans and Stark, have impressive quickness and shot making ability. But Mobley, listed at 6’3, is the biggest of the bunch and, in our eyes, probably the most impressive prospect.
Adams, meanwhile, finished with 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. In a tournament filled with undersized scoring guards and point guards who struggle to score, Adams is the best of both worlds. He can do it all out of ball screens and he doesn’t ever get rattled or sped up. He also has solid size and athleticism for a point guard. At the very least, he should be in the mix for a two-way contract this summer.
Adams was joined in double figures by teammates Bogdan Bliznyuk (14 points), Elijah Brown (11 points) and Desi Rodriguez (11 points). Of the three, Rodriguez (Seton Hall) was the most impressive, as the 6’6, 220 pound lefty wing showed a solid all-around floor game in addition to adding eight rebounds and two blocks. Bliznyuk (Eastern Washington) did a good job getting pieces of the paint off the dribble, as he’s strong and uses his 6’6 frame well, but it’s hard to see his style translating in the NBA or even the G-League. Brown, an undersized shooting guard, needed 11 shots to get his 11 points and had more turnovers (3) than assists (2).
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Gonzaga’s Johnathan Williams (nine points, four rebounds) was solid against Delgado while Houston’s Rob Gray (three points, 1-9 FGs) had arguably the most disappointing performance of the day. Anas Mahmoud (Louisville) will always have scouts attention given his size and mobility, but his lack of strength prevented him from making much of an impact.
In the final game of the day, Marquette’s Andrew Rousey and Colorado’s George King each scored 21 points to lead K&D Round’s Landscaping to a 97-86 win over Norfolk Sports Club. Rowsey thrived in transition, hitting a number of pull-up threes, and also had a game-high nine assists. King, who won MVP of the NABC all-star game at the Final Four a couple weeks ago, was more impressive overall, though, as he stands out for his defense as much as his offense.
The 6’6 wing has the tools to defend up to three positions and seems to know what scouts are looking to see from him. He was someone we were looking forward to seeing, but we didn’t list him among our top 10 prospects to watch. Now, after showing some surprising ability off the dribble, he should be firmly on the NBA radar.
Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey and Rhode Island’s Jared Terrell added 13 points a piece. Lindsey is a typically good shooter who shot 1-6 from three, but hit a couple of pull-ups and went 5-8 from two-point range. Terrell is a well-built guard who played a solid all-around game. Notre Dame’s Martin Geben (six points, seven rebounds, three assists) and UAB’s Chris Cokley (10 points, eight rebounds) both played physical down low.
Arizona State’s Tra Holder, with coach Bobby Hurley in attendance to see him and Evans, led NSC with 14 points and seven assists. Another undersized scorer, he showed some ability as a facilitator as well.
Holder played on a stacked team, though, and we were looking forward to seeing running mates Kenrich Williams (13 points, nine rebounds), Thomas Wilder (10 points, six assists) and Dakota Mathias (11 points) more.
Wilder’s athleticism, ball handling and vision were captivating, but Williams was the most productive of the trio. The 6’7 forward from TCU has a nose for the ball and is a smooth operator on the perimeter and in transition. His defense is suspect, but he still looks to be one of the better prospects in attendance.
Mathias, meanwhile, didn’t record an assist and had just one rebound in 31 minutes so obviously he needs to be more productive moving forward. He’s someone who is more comfortable playing in a system.
Wilder remains one of the five most intriguing prospect in Portsmouth, but he has a chance to make more noise Friday and Saturday.
UCF’s AJ Davis (nine points, five rebounds) showed flashes but Georgia’s Yante Maten (13 points, seven rebounds) and Middle Tennessee’s Nick King (11 points, five rebounds) were more productive.
Top PM Standouts:
- George King
- Jaylen Adams
- Kenrich Williams
- Devon Hall
- Thomas Wilder