Larry Drew II, who just finished up his college basketball career at UCLA, talks with us about the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where prospective pro players gather to show off their abilities to scouts and coaches.
It’s an interesting time in the world of basketball. For high school & college, it’s the offseason. For the NBA, it’s the playoffs. For AAU, it’s the regular season. And for college seniors and free agents it’s all about getting a draft look or a pro gig overseas.
So here’s some of the notes for today:
Ray Allen, one of the greatest perimeter shooters of all time has broken the 3 point playoff record, set by Reggie Miller, also one of the greatest perimeter shooters of all time.
Meanwhile, Stephon Curry, who went from under-recruited-can-he-play-at-the-Division-I-level to can-he-play-against-big-time-Division-I competition to oh-my-god-our-NBA-team-needs-him is questionable for Game 3 of his team’s playoff series against the Denver Nuggets.
Rick Pitino told his Louisville team at midseason that if they went on to win the NCAA national championship, he’d get a tattoo. It’s unclear if Pitino actually thought he would have to follow through, but however it came about he stuck to his word.
If you are into the NBA Playoffs (and really, why wouldn’t you be? It’s one of the only times that many NBA players actually care about winning), then you should check out TweetsFC, an awesome new app that lets you follow an entire team’s tweets at once.
Dave Telep takes on the entitlement of elite basketball players and how it’s hurting the game. He has some solid points.
Andre Goudelock has been finding some success just out of the limelight as he was named the MVP of the D-League, which is something that NBA teams should be paying attention to.
Brandon Davies, a forward who just finished his college basketball career at BYU, talks with us at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational, where several potential NBA, overseas and D-League prospects get a chance to show their game in front of scouts.
Elijah Johnson (PG, 6’4″) of Kansas talks to us about the Portsmouth Invitational and what he’s working on right now to try and further his basketball career with a pro gig somewhere.
By James Blackburn
64 of the top college seniors in the nation converged in Portsmouth, VA to showcase their skills in front of hundreds of scouts, international teams, and agents this past week. Here are my All-Tournament teams which I based solely on the players performance in the tournament games (Teams were not based on pro potential or players performance during season). Each team consists of two backcourt players and three front court players.
G- DJ Cooper- Ohio University
G- Durand Scott- Miami
F- Brandon Davies- BYU
F- Jamelle Hagins- Delaware
F- Jack Cooley- Notre Dame
G- Mark Lyons- Arizona
G- Tyler Brown- Illinois State
F- Dwayne Davis- Southern Mississippi
F- Carl Hall- Wichita State
F- Robert Covington- Tennessee State
G- Ian Clark- Belmont
G- Ramon Galloway- LaSalle
F- Ed Daniel- Murray State
F- Keith Clanton- Central Florida
F- Devin Booker- Clemson
Conference realignment is no longer a novelty, with teams jumping quickly looking for better situations. The next team expected to make a move is Davidson, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, who reported that the Wildcats are close to joining the Atlantic 10, leaving the Southern Conference behind.
Davidson has been a perennial leader in the Southern Conference, and head coach Bob McKillop has been with the program since 1989.
Kobe says what we’re all thinking.
By Marcus Shockley
The 3rd annual Basketball Elite Southeast Summer Showcase is coming, June 2, 2013. This is one of the premier individual showcases on the East coast, and last year we were at full capacity – I love the success rate we’ve had at finding players who will play at the college level, but it’s a lot of planning and preparation in order to make it happen. We have to coordinate our coaches (several have won state basketball titles), and the overall schedule to make sure that players get a full day of solid instruction and play. Our goal for the showcase is the same every year:
“Walk out of the gym a better player.”
Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to see some of the best basketball coaches, players and world class instructors on the planet. I love the fact that our staff is able to bring those same drills, experience and knowledge to players at all levels.
The results have been phenomenal. We’ve had a huge percentage of alumni who have gone on to play in college – just yesterday, TyQuan Bitting, an alumni from last summer, committed to play for Charleston Southern. On Saturday, our reigning dunk champion Craig Hinton competed on CBS for the National High School Dunk championship. Craig’s committed to VMI, by the way.
This year, I wanted to expand on the overall experience for players and parents who attend – so we’ll be adding new content and information before the event even happens. Registration for the event is not yet available – it will be soon – but if you want the free info we’ll be giving out beforehand, be sure to sign up on the events email list at this link.
It’s also the best way to keep up with what’s going on with registration.
So stay tuned, and sign up for the mailing list, because if the event sells out, the people on the list will be the first who have the opportunity to get a spot.