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Portsmouth Notebook – Day 2
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 8, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In All,NBA Draft | No Comments
Portsmouth Notebook – Day 2
Thursday’s games saw 32 new players take the floor for the first time in the evening session. The afternoon game gave players from Wednesday nights losing teams a chance to get a second look – to either to make up for a poor showing, or to build on their opening night performance. Typically by the end of each player’s second game here in Portsmouth, the true picture starts to emerge.
Friday will feature three more games, and by the end of the night, all 64 players here will have played twice. Everyone plays a third game on Saturday in a final day quadruple-header.
Here are the players who stood out for me on Thursday:
John Holland – Boston University
Drives, jumpers, ferocious attacks at the rim – Holland scored from all over the floor in what I thought was the best performance of the tournament so far. He got to the foul line, knocked down threes, and played active, aggressive defense. At 6’5, 195, Holland has the size, athleticism, and skill to go along with an attacking style and an ability and willingness to defend that should intrigue every scout here – at every level. He doesn’t have to have a monster night tonight, but if a few more drives, 3′s and trips to the line are in his quiver, his workout dance card will be full.
Vernon Macklin – Florida
Macklin demonstrated a combination of length, strength and skill in the post that separated him from every other interior player here. He showed an ability to get position, maintain it, then the quickness and power to get to his spot in the paint for his jumphook – scoring with great extension with both the right and left hands. Consistent effort and aggressiveness on the defensive end will be a key for him to climb up charts. Hunting blocked shots from the help side should be his focus tonight.
Will Coleman – Memphis
Active, aggressive defensive effort and five blocked shots are what Coleman provided in his first game, as well as a few impressive points in the paint. He was the most vocal defensive player of the night, and covered ground as a help defender – all of which have tremendous value at the pro level. You need a guy like him anchoring your halfcourt D, and if he can get to the offensive glass tonight, his value will soar.
Malcolm Thomas – San Diego State
Was the best of the Aztec trio here, as he showed good skill in the post and mid-range to go 7-9 from the floor. He looks to have that combination of ability to post smaller defenders with his strength and athleticism, and step out and face bigger guys using his quickness to go by with a couple of dribbles. He has a quick, explosive jump, which allows him to dunk before the shot blockers arrive and to be an elite defender. I like him better facing in the mid-post against the better players he will face at the pro level.
Andrew Goudelock – Charleston
Typically the point guards dominate in Portsmouth with a lot of dribbling and forced shots, but Goudelock showed none of those traits in scoring a very efficient 22 points on 7-12 from the field, including 5-8 from three. He has a beautiful, comfortable stroke that he can release from deep behind the arc, and he plays at a pace with the ball that doesn’t confuse or frustrate his teammates. Whether he is a "scoring one" or an "undersized two", he can score within the offensive flow or go to work on his own.
Alex Tyus – Florida
Tyus came back strong in his second game, showing exactly what his value is at the pro level with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, including his eighth offensive rebound and a putback with five seconds to go to give his team the win. His athleticism, effort and energy make him a guy who can make plays without plays run for him, giving him great value at both ends of the floor. He can be a tip, deflection, block, putback machine – which all teams need more of.
Coach Mike Moreau has worked with countless NBA Players and has returned to scout Portsmouth and the NBA Draft for HOOPSWORLD. Checkout Coach Mike’s Day One Notebook and look for more insight on the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament throughout the weekend.
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