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2013 Portsmouth Invitational – Day One
Posted By Yannis Koutroupis On April 11, 2013 @ 3:33 am In NBA Draft | No Comments
The 2013 Portsmouth Invitational officially got started on Wednesday evening. The intent of the showcase is to provide seniors an opportunity to play in a 5-on-5 setting in front of NBA personnel. Despite the fact that every team is in attendance scouting and this is now the only 5-on-5 opportunity prospects have in the predraft process, most of the top seniors elected not to attend. There are over 60 seniors who did opt to participate, though, and through the duration of the camp we’ll be spotlighting the top performers from each day.
It wouldn’t be fair to only spotlight one player on K&D Roundscaping as their entire team put forth a great effort in a 91-67 thumping of Norfolk Sports Club. They played an extremely unselfish brand of basketball and had six players finish in double figures, led by the 16 points and eight rebounds of former BYU forward Brandon Davies. Villanova product Mouphtaou Yarou was great on the frontline as well, finishing with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Ryan Broekhoff (12), Ian Clark (10), Keith Clanton (12) and DJ Seeley (15) also recorded double figures in a performance that has some labeling K&D Roundscaping as the team to beat in the tournament so far.
Jamelle Hagins (Delaware) – 6’9, 235 lbs. Forward
Hagins was by far the star of day one, putting up a huge double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds. He also added two assists, a block and three steals. Hagins is the kind of player who can really help himself at this camp. He’s been one of the most productive big men in the country over the last two years, averaging a double-double in back-to-back seasons. If he keeps this up against some of the other top frontline players in the camp, there will be a lot more interest in him going forward than there was beforehand.
Robert Covington (Tennessee State) – 6’9, 204 lbs. Forward
Coming off of a very solid senior season, Covington looked every bit like an NBA prospect on Wednesday. Possessing great size for a wing, Covington showcased his smooth stroke en route to a 21-point outing. He knocked down 2-4 from three and also grabbed eight rebounds and tallied three steals. He has a legitimate chance to work his way into the second round if he can prove to teams he can hang on both ends of the court against elite competition.
DeShawn Painter (Old Dominion) – 6’9, 235 lbs. Forward
Playing close to home, Painter looked very comfortable in an environment where big men can get forgotten about at times. He finished with 16 points, on 7-11 shooting from the field, and grabbed six rebounds. Painter continuously improved throughout college, adding a strong PIT to his resume bodes really well for his draft stock.
Will Clyburn (Iowa State) – 6’7, 205 lbs. Forward
Although it wasn’t enough to keep his team in the game, Clyburn had one of the bigger scoring outputs of day one. He notched a team-high 25 points on 9-17 shooting from the field and had three steals. He struggled shooting the three, but inside the arc he was nearly unstoppable. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on the rest of the tournament.
Dwayne Davis (Southern Miss.) – 6’5, 224 lbs. Guard
Houston Rockets guard James Harden has everyone fearing the beard and Davis is giving people even more reason to do so. Sporting a beard that would make Harden proud, Davis shined on day one with 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. He made 7-12 from the field and 2-3 from deep. Coming from a small school Davis has a lot to gain here and he certainly left day one of the camp as a riser on big boards.
Jack Cooley (Notre Dame) – 6’9, 246 lbs. Forward
Known as a blue collar bruiser, Cooley’s toughness was on full display in day one. He put up 13 points and 14 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end. He was one of only two players on Norfolk Sports Club to really have a good game. Cooley may not be the quick, explosive, freak athlete that we’ve come accustomed to seeing at the power forward spot in the NBA today, but he never backs down, plays hard and gets the most out of the tools he does have.
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