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Quick Update from the Portsmouth Invitational (Day One)
by: Jonathan Givony - President
April 7, 2005
I arrived at Portsmouth a little later than I expected due to some travel problems and will begin to provide comprehensive coverage of the event starting tomorrow, but did want to at least give some updates from what I learned today from watching and talking to a couple of people that were there.

First off, the semi-bad news is a few players have pulled out of the tournament, but maybe not as much or the ones that some of us expected. Some of these guys are players that I personally really wanted to see in such a competitive environment away from their teams, but decided to pull out for one reason or another. Some are undoubtedly making huge mistakes, but we'll have to wait until the Chicago list comes out before we can really decide. A few weren't really prospects anyway except possibly in their heads so losing them isn't such a big deal. This list of pull-outs includes players such as Daniel Ewing (Duke), Eddie Basden (Charlotte), Will Bynum (Georgia Tech), BJ Elder (Georgia Tech), Larry O'Bannon (Louisville), Ellis Myles (Louisville), Chevon Troutman (Pitt) and Rawle Marshall (Oakland).

Will Bynum is an especially surprising name to see on the pull out list. Unless he is injured (we'll find out tomorrow) there is absolutely no excuse for him not to be here. As a 5-9 SG that doesn't even start for his college team, he would not have made most top 100 lists of seniors to invite, so for him to withdraw has to be some kind of sick joke.

BJ Elder I believe is also making a huge mistake. He is a fringe prospect as it is as a 6-3 SG with limited athleticism, slashing ability, defense, and streaky shot. He should be here without a doubt.

Chevon Troutman is another tweener pull out as a 6-7 PF, and although I absolutely love him as a college player, I have to wonder what in the world is going through his head.

Ditto for Sharrod Ford who really could have used the extra exposure and will have to now leave his NBA draft future up to the NBA teams who make the lists for Chicago instead of taking his career in his own hands and showing that he is deserving.

Larry O'Bannon can maybe say that he is tired and worn out from the Final Four run his team made and which he was such a huge part of, but Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams are here while he isn't, and they went one game further and won the national championship. He'll be crossing his fingers for Chicago, but there are much more intriguing prospects and he could end up regretting this decision unless he is injured. Same goes for his teammate Ellis Myles.

Of course, the good news is that many talented players HAVE decided to show up. These players include Jawad Williams (UNC), Taylor Coppenrath (Vermont), Aaron Miles (Kansas), Jason Maxiell (Cincinnati), Alan Anderson (Michigan State), D'Or Fischer (West Virginia), Omar Thomas (UTEP), Fili Rivera (UTEP), Terrence Leather (South Florida) Quemont Greer (DePaul) and MANY others. Everyone I spoke with seemed to be very excited about the field, and just hope the kids will get the jitters out and play to their maximum ability. One scout I spoke with thinks that getting 8-10 players that don't want to be here and replacing them with players that are dying for exposure is a perfect thing to do for the chemistry of the teams. He thinks it always gives the other star players a better chance to stand out.

The new players that have been invited: Willie Jenkins (Tennessee Tech), Luqman Jaaber (Virginia Union), Tyrone Salley (West Virginia), Andre Owens (Houston), Doron Perkins (Santa Clara), Nate Daniels (Mountain State), Guillaume Yango (Pacific) and Seamus Boxley from Portland State. Perkins is someone to look out for from what I've seen this year in the WCC.

Some early information from day 1:

-Jason Maxiell was arguably the most impressive player yet, playing with amazing intensity. Scoring, rebounding, dunking everything he could get his hands on, blocking shots (sometimes into the fifth row where the scouts were sitting), just doing everything. His stock just got a nice boost.

-Taylor Coppenrath didn't do anything to really separate himself as a player worthy of an NBA draft pick. He was dominated by Jason Maxiell, especially on the glass where he just could not box him out.

-Juan Mendez performed well, finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds, after started off poorly with only 4 points on 1-5 shooting in the first half.

-Unfortunately for both Mendez and Maxiell, their teams both lost, so they will not be around much longer for us to see again.

-Little known David Logan (of the Division II college Indianapolis) also played very well, finishing with 20 points and 7 assists in 24 minutes. He began by playing fairly selfish for a 6'1 point guard, but ending up playing a very complete game. He was one of the fastest players on the court today, and helped his time to an excellent 109-102 overtime win. Jared Homan was also part of this win, and had a very nice game himself with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The boxscores can be found on Portsmouth's official website: http://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/




If you would like to watch and judge for yourself who the most impressive players were at the Portsmouth invitational tournament, go to http://accurecruit.com. They have all the games online for viewing. The quality of this service is outstanding, you get a crystal clear picture from the best angle possible. These are the same DVD's that NBA teams will be watching when they sit down to evaluate the tournament. There are also many other games online to view, including Martell Webster, Andray Blatche and many others. We'll be using this service extensively in the next couple of months as well, as they are constantly adding games to their database.
 


Feedback for this article may be sent to jonathan@draftexpress.com .

 

Daniel Ewing
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 03/27/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Willowridge
Previous Team: Le Mans , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #2 in 2005 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
7.3 Pts, 2.8 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Eddie Basden
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Birthday: 02/16/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt
Previous Team: Charlotte , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
7.2 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Will Bynum
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 189 lbs.
Birthday: 04/06/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crane Tech
Previous Team: Guangdong , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
20.5 Pts, 4.0 Rebs, 5.8 Asts


Chevon Troutman
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 11/27/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Williamsport Area
Previous Team: Zastal , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
8.1 Pts, 5.2 Rebs, 0.9 Asts


Rawle Marshall
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 02/22/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Mackenzie
Previous Team: Koroivos , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 0.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Sharrod Ford
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 213 lbs.
Birthday: 01/11/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Hargrave Military Academy
Previous Team: Paris-Levallois , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
14.0 Pts, 9.3 Rebs, 0.6 Asts


Jackie Manuel
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 188 lbs.
Birthday: 03/29/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cardinal Newman
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
13.9 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Jawad Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birthday: 02/20/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Edward
Previous Team: Gaziantep , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 3.6 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Taylor Coppenrath
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 252 lbs.
Birthday: 11/09/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Johnsbury Academy
Previous Team: Burgos , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
13.1 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Aaron Miles
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 04/13/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Jefferson
Previous Team: Kuban , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 3.2 Rebs, 4.2 Asts


Jason Maxiell
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 258 lbs.
Birthday: 02/19/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newman Smith
Previous Team: Hornets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #26 in 2005 Draft
by the Pistons
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.3 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Alan Anderson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 10/18/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: De La Salle
Previous Team: Nets , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
5.3 Pts, 2.6 Rebs, 0.7 Asts


D'or Fischer
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 242 lbs.
Birthday: 10/14/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Upper Darby
Previous Team: UNICS , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
13.8 Pts, 5.9 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Omar Thomas
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 02/27/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Strawberry Mansion
Previous Team: Ferentino , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
15.7 Pts, 6.3 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Quemont Greer
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 245 lbs.
Birthday: 12/07/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Berkshire Academy
Previous Team: DePaul , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
11.0 Pts, 5.4 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Andre Owens
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 11/01/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Perry Meridian
Previous Team: Houston , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
7.7 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Juan Mendez
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 231 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Florida Air Academy
Previous Team: Niagara , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
16.7 Pts, 5.1 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


David Logan
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Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birthday: 12/26/1982
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Indianapolis North Central
Previous Team: Sassari , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible:
Quick Stats:
16.5 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 3.6 Asts


Jared Homan
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 248 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St Mary
Previous Team: Eskisehir , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
10.0 Pts, 7.6 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Martell Webster
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthday: 12/05/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Seattle Prep
Previous Team: Seattle Prep , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2005 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
9.7 Pts, 2.9 Rebs, 1.2 Asts


Andray Blatche
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 248 lbs.
Birthday: 08/23/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Kent
Previous Team: Xinjiang , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #19 in 2005 Draft
by the Wizards
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
31.0 Pts, 14.6 Rebs, 4.9 Asts


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