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2013 Portsmouth Invitational – Day Two
Posted By Yannis Koutroupis On April 12, 2013 @ 4:23 am In NBA Draft | No Comments
Day two of the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational saw four new teams take the court in front of NBA front office personnel from every team around the league. Several players stood out in their camp debut, but there was also a familiar star from day one.
Jack Cooley (Notre Dame) – 6’9, 246 lbs. Forward
It was another tough day for the Norfolk Sports Club as a whole, but Cooley once again really stood out for them. Cooley put up 14 points and 16 rebounds, grabbing eight on each end of the floor. He showed a soft touch around the rim, shooting 6-11 from the field. What stands out the most about Cooley, though, is his relentlessness. He plays hard and within himself at all times.
Ed Daniel (Murray State) – 6’7, 228 lbs. Forward
Before the game even starts Daniel stands out because of his massive fro, but then once the action begins he starts standing out for other reasons: his quickness, athleticism and great effort. Daniel finished with 17 points and six rebounds, excelling in the free flowing style of play. Daniel had a huge senior year and could eventually end up in the league if he can develop a reliable jump shot.
Derrick Nix (Michigan State) – 6’9, 276 lbs. Forward
Nix’s camp debut was short, sweet and productive. In 16 minutes of work he recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. He has a big body that he knows how to use and he’s an active rebounder. It will be interesting to see how Nix does the rest of the camp as his minutes are sure to increase.
E.J. Singler (Oregon) – 6’6, 215 lbs. Guard
There will always be room for shooters in the NBA and on Thursday night Singler put on one of the best shooting displays of the camp so far. He scored a team-high 18 points on 6-10 shooting from the field and 4-5 shooting from distance. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Coming off of a senior year where he regressed statistically, Singler needed a performance like this to jumpstart his stock.
Murphy Holloway (Ole Miss) – 6’7, 240 lbs. Forward
Somewhat overshadowed and underappreciated at times in college, Holloway came out and shined in his first game. He put up a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, which is right on par with what he did on a game-by-game basis in his college. He’s slightly undersized for a power forward, but consistency goes a long way in the eyes talent evaluators.
Roger Brown’s Restaurant
Much like K&D Round’s Landscaping on day one, Roger Brown’s Restaurant had too many good performers to just focus in on one. They easily dispatched Portsmouth Sports Club 91-64 behind double-digit scoring efforts from six different players. Ramon Galloway really stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. On the negative side, he did have nine turnovers, but it didn’t slow his team down a bit. Everyone scored at least seven points and collectively they shot an impressive 56 percent from the floor.
Kwame Vaughn (Cal State Fullerton) – 6’3, 190 lbs. Guard
Going up against a Cherry Bekaert team with high major guards in the backcourt, Vaughn more than proved that he belonged. He did it all, scoring 11 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out six assists and tallying two steals. A lot of eyes were on his teammates Rotnei Clarke and Khalif Wyatt coming into the camp, but Vaughn may be the best guard on the team.
Kevin Foster (Santa Clara) – 6’2, 225 lbs. Guard
It was a tough game for his team as a whole, but Foster managed to help himself with a strong outing. Known as a scorer who can really fill it up, Foster dished out six assists and had five steals to go along with his 13 points. He’s looking to show that he can distribute more than he did in college and that he’s a quality defender. On Thursday he succeeded in both.
Rodney McGruger (Kansas State) – 6’4, 205 lbs. Guard
McGruder looked a lot like a NBA wing in his second game of the PIT, putting up 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. His athleticism was on full display throughout the game and he was an intricate part of Mike Duman Auto Sale’s victory over Norfolk Sports Club.
Kenny Boynton (Florida) – 6’2, 190 lbs. Guard
Like Foster, Boynton is trying to prove that he is a capable point guard who NBA teams should trust running an offense. He succeeded in doing that on Thursday night, scoring 13 points, hauling in four rebounds and handing out five assists. The most impressive part may have been that he only turned it over once in an environment where turnovers have been prevalent.
Abdul Gaddy (Washington) – 6’3, 195 lbs. Guard
On a rough night for his team, Gaddy was steady and solid. He put up 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. He wasn’t careless with the basketball and ended up being his team’s leading rebounder along with Andrew Smith. Turnovers were an issue for him his senior year, so it’s important for him to continue to limit those as much as possible this week.
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