Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Marquette’s Davante Gardner named MVP of Portsmouth Invitational (VIDEO)


Saturday night the 62nd edition of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament came to an end in Portsmouth, Va., with the event showcasing college seniors looking to improve their standing in the eyes of scouts from the NBA and other professional leagues. The title game matched Sales Systems, Ltd. and Norfolk Sports Club, with former Georgetown point guard Markel Starks winning the game for Sales Systems with a shot with two seconds remaining.

Starks finished the game with 19 points and five assists, and he was one of two Sales Systems, Ltd. players to make the event’s All-Tournament Team. The other was former Marquette center Davante Gardner, who accounted for 20 points and nine rebounds in the title game and won tournament MVP honors.

The other players on the All-Tournament Team were:

  • F Javon McCrea (Buffalo; Norfolk Sports Club)
  • G/F Drew Crawford (Northwestern; Norfolk Sports Club)
  • F Ronald Roberts Jr. (Saint Joseph’s; Norfolk Sports Club)
  • C Shayne Whittington (Western Michigan; Portsmouth Partnership)
  • G Jake Odum (Indiana State; Portsmouth Partnership)
  • F Shawn Jones (Middle Tennessee; Roger Brown’s Restaurant)
  • G Andre Dawkins (Duke; Cherry Bekaert)
  • F/C Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame; Portsmouth Sports Club)
  • G Travis Bader (Oakland; K&D Round’s Landscaping)
  • F Jamil Wilson (Marquette; Mike Duman Auto Sales)

With Gardner and Wilson on the above list, Marquette was the only program to see two products make this year’s All-Tournament team. In the above video are a few highlights from WAVY-TV in Hampton Roads, Va., but unfortunately video of Starks’ game-winner did not make the segment.

Fringe pro prospects and the tale of the tape

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The Portsmouth Invitational is a nice basketball event, but it’s one most players hope not to be invited to. That’s because it’s a last-ditch effort to get noticed by the NBA for players who aren’t typically high on pro draft boards.

Nonetheless, some familiar names pop up on the annual event’s rosters, and Draft Express did us a favor by posting some measurements from the pseudo-combine’s poking and prodding phase. Some select numbers might point out players who can grab a non-guaranteed roster spot this season.

The Long Arms of the Law belong to ‘Bama’s JaMychal Green, who is 6’7″ on the vertical and a stunning 7’2″ on the horizontal, and ODU’s Kent Bazemore hangs 6’11” worth of wingspan on a 6’3″ body.

For the All-McDonald’s American team, sign up Cincy’s Yancy Gates, who bent the scales at 287 lbs.

First-round NCAA hero Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State was just 6’8″ in his sock-feet, but his profile as a natural shot blocker remains intriguing. Wichita State’s Garrett Stutz is a legit 6’11”.

While none of these guys is standing in line next to the Anthony Davises and Thomas Robinsons of the world, this last-ditch shot at being seen can turn up some interesting possibilities for a pro team with a role that needs filling. Past PIT participants who made the most of the experience include Jeremy Lin, Vernon Macklin, Jimmy Butler and L.A. Laker Andrew Goudelock.

2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament rosters and game schedule announced

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From Wednesday, April 11 to Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va., will showcase the nation’s top seniors in front of premiere NBA and European scouts.

Rosters were announced, and below are some notable names. Scroll to the bottom for a link to full rosters and schedules.

Notable names:

Jason Clark | Georgetown

Chace Stanback | UNLV

Jordan Taylor | Wisconsin

Kent Bazemore | Old Dominion

Darryl Bryant | West Virginia

Kim English | Missouri

Juan Fernandez | Temple

Ashton Gibbs | Pittsburgh

Kyle Kuric | Louisville

Agustus Gilchrist | South Florida

Ramone Moore | Temple

Dee Bost | Mississippi State

Jordan Theodore | Seton Hall

Henry Sims | Georgetown

Michael Glover | Iona

Zack Rosen | Penn

Kyle O’Quinn | Norfolk State

Erving Walker | Florida

Terrance Henry | Mississippi

Ricardo Ratliffe | Missouri

Wesley Witherspoon | Memphis

Scoop Jardine | Syracuse

Herb Pope | Seton Hall

Kyle Fogg | Arizona

Casper Ware | Long Beach State

Click here for full rosters for the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Click here for a full schedule of games in the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_