2013 Portsmouth Invitational – All-Tourney Team
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The 2013 Portsmouth Invitational came to an end on Saturday. K&D Round’s Landscaping took the championship with a pristine 3-0 record. While Stan Okoye, DJ Cooper and Lamont Jones were amongst the standouts on Saturday, our final recap is going to be taking a look at the members of the All-Tournament team.
Brandon Davies (BYU) – 6’9, 235 lbs. Forward
Davies was the most consistent player throughout the tournament and deserving of the Most Valuable Player award. The officials allowed a physical brand of basketball, especially in the interior. While it took some players out of their game, Davies was never fazed. There will undoubtedly be a couple players from this camp drafted and right now Davies is looking like a strong possibility to be one of them. He helped himself as much as any player in attendance.
Keith Clanton (UCF) 6’9, 250 lbs. Forward
The physical style of play also suited the sizable Clanton just fine. He made his presence felt in the interior, showing that he can score a little bit inside the paint and protect the rim. Clanton came in wanting to prove himself after not being heavily scouted throughout his college career and he definitely showed that he can play with all the big men in attendance in Portsmouth.
Ian Clark (Belmont) – 6’3, 175 lbs. Guard
Steady would be the best way to describe Clark in Portsmouth. He did a good job of getting the basketball where it needed to be. He knocked down open shots, helping keep the floor spaced for his big men. He lacks strength, but he’s long and a good enough shooter to get more looks throughout the draft process.
Carl Hall (Wichita State) – 6’8, 238 lbs. Forward
Hall was very wise with his choice to attend even though his season had been over for less than a week. He built off of his team’s deep run by posting a huge double-double in between two solid outings at the PIT. Hall has the makings of an energy player off of the bench in the mold of a Reggie Evans or Ronny Turiaf.
Ramon Galloway (La Salle) – 6’3, 180 lbs. Guard
One of the catalysts behind the Explorers’ surprisingly deep tournament run, Galloway put together a good camp. He impacted the game on both ends of the court and was a major factor offensively, but both positively and negatively. While he stacked up the points in assists, he also turned it over in serious excess. He’ll have to answer concerns about that in the coming weeks, because it was an issue of his in college too.
Tyler Brown (Illinois State) – 6’4, 185 lbs. Guard
Brown was one of best scorers at the camp. He showcased his extended range and reliable jump shot in the last two games mainly creating for others in the first game. The guard play in the camp was pretty strong and Brown stood out. He should see increased interest over the next few weeks.
Dwayne Davis (Southern Miss.) – 6’6, 224 lbs. Guard
Throughout the week Davis displayed a really impressive offensive arsenal and the ability to get hot once he starts rolling. He finished strong, putting up 29 points in his final game. He has a really nice stroke from beyond the arc and good size for the shooting guard position. He’s earned himself another look.
Jamelle Hagins (Delaware) – 6’9, 235 lbs. Forward
Coming from a small school and fairly under the radar as a result, Hagins proved that he can hang with some of the other top senior big men in the country. He has a NBA body and has solid athleticism to go along with it. He’s definitely much more on the NBA radar than he was beforehand.
Durand Scott (Miami) – 6’5, 203 lbs. Guard
Although he regularly sports a smile on the court, there’s nothing to be happy about when matched up against Scott. He’s a strong defender who does a good job of taking what is given to him on the offensive end. Scott is trying to catch on with a NBA team in a defensive specialist role and has the ability to do so, especially if he plays like he did offensively on the last day of the camp when he scored 19 points and dished out eight assists.
Ed Daniel (Murray State) – 6’7, 228 lbs. Forward
In an environment really tailor made for him to shine in, Daniel excelled as expected. He is your prototypical slasher who is extremely difficult to stop once he gets the ball with his momentum going towards the basket. The key for Daniel is to improve his all-around skill set to the point where he is as good of a basketball player as he is an athlete. Small forwards in the NBA have to be able to handle and shoot the ball. Once he can do those two things serviceably enough, he could get in.
Jack Cooley (Notre Dame) – 6’9, 246 lbs. Forward
Cooley is the kind of guy that coaches just fall in love with. He could definitely find himself in the league next year because he plays the game the right way and never leaves anything to be desired in terms of effort. He was a terror on the glass on both ends of the floor all camp long. He has some shortcomings, but they didn’t hold him back at all at the PIT.
Robert Covington (Tennessee State) – 6’9, 205 lbs.
Covington scored and rebounded at a very consistent rate throughout the camp. He’s an intriguing prospect with a chance to get drafted depending on how he fairs during upcoming workouts. He didn’t shoot the ball from beyond the arc well his last two games, but Covington is definitely a threat from there. His size and length stand out for his position.