A Brief Recap of Days 2-4 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational, and Our Picks for Portsmouth MVP and All-Tournament Teams

April 16th, 2023

By NBA Scouting Live

Texas’ 6-4 senior guard, Sir’Jabari Rice played very well in all three games that he played in Portsmouth this year, and we agree with the Portsmouth committee as the pick to be the MVP of this event.
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This article will list a brief recap of Days 2 through 4 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational, and following that, we will make our picks for the Portsmouth MVP and make our picks for the All-Tournament teams, and compare them to who the Portsmouth Invitational committee picked for MVP and for their All-Tournament team.

We haven’t really had much time to try to watch the games, so we decided to analyze what happened on the last three days of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational by assessing box score statistics and the results. To sort through everything, we went to StatBroadcast Systems, who had detailed box score stats and plus-minus data of each of the games, and Portsmouth Invitational’s website was a good resource as well.  

We’ll provide a brief recap of the standout performers on Days 2 through 4, as well as our picks for the 2023 Portsmouth MVP and our picks for the All-Portsmouth teams, in comparison to who the PIT committee picked for their MVP and their all-tournament teams.  

There were a lot of players that played well in this tournament.  In case if you didn’t read our write-up on Day 1, here is the previous post, and here is a brief recap and basically summary of what basically happened on Days 2 through 4. 

Stars of Day 1 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational:

The gist of it is that the standout performers on Day 1 were Clemson’s Hunter Tyson, Liberty’s Darius McGhee, and Wyoming’s Hunter Maldonado amongst the winning teams, and UCLA’s Tyger Campbell and Dayton’s Toumani Camara played terrifically amongst the losing teams, and there were other performers that played well in both of the games.

Day 2 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational:

Tevian Jones had the strongest individual performance in a game on Day 2 and perhaps on any day at this event, and he had a tremendous showing that really solidified his case as an NBA prospect for the upcoming draft. Meanwhile, Sales Systems, Ltd. really put their stamp as being a strong team at this tournament.

Portsmouth Sports Club’s Tevian Jones scored 36 points and made 7 threes to lead his team to a win over Portsmouth Partnership on Day 2 of the 2023 PIT.

Game 3: Portsmouth Sports Club vs. Portsmouth Partnership

The Portsmouth Sports Club won handily in this match, and they received a tremendous performance from Southern Utah’s 6-7 swingman Tevian Jones, who scored 36 points on 11 of 13 shooting and made 7 threes, as his outstanding performance surely put him on the map as an NBA draft prospect and on radars of NBA teams.  

Chattanooga’s center Jake Stephens had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Ohio State’s swingman Justice Sueing added 15 points to help the Portsmouth Sports Club get the win.  In the meantime, Dayton’s 6-8 forward Toumani Camara continued to play well, and he scored 21 points and had 12 rebounds in Portsmouth Partnership’s loss.  Leon Ayers III had 14 points and 8 rebounds, Desmond Cambridge Jr. had 13 points, and Javonte Perkins scored 10 points in this game.

Game 4: Roger Brown’s Restaurant vs. Jani-King

Missouri’s senior guard, D’Moi Hodge was the standout performer in this game, and he scored 26 points and made 5 threes to help Roger Brown’s Restaurant get the win.  Five players reached double figures for Roger Brown’s Restaurant, and four players reached double figures for Jani-King.

For Roger Brown’s Restaurant, Tanner Groves scored 17 points and made 2 threes.  For Jani-King, Gabe Kalscheur scored 19 points and made 3 threes, Setric Millner III scored 16 points, and Yuri Collins dished out 10 assists. 

Game 5: Sales Systems, LTD vs. Norfolk Sports Club

Sales Systems, LTD put on a drubbling to defeat the Norfolk Sports Club, 119-82.  Seven of Sales Systems, LTD’s eight players reached double figures, as they were paced by Oklahoma’s Grant Sherfield, who had 19 points and 7 assists, and NC State’s Jarkel Joiner, who had 19 points, made 5 threes, and had 4 steals in this game.  LSU’s KJ Williams had 18 points and 9 rebounds, and West Virginia’s Erik Stevenson had 16 points.  Western Kentucky’s Emmanuel Akot was very efficient in the one game he played all tournament long, and he scored 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting, made 4 threes, and dished out 4 assists to help Sales Systems, LTD get the win.

Five players reached double figures for Norfolk Sports Club.  Notre Dame’s Dane Goodwin scored 17 points and made 3 threes.  Curiously, the Norfolk Sports Club was recorded to have committed just 4 personal fouls as a team all game long, and they ended up losing by 37 to Sales Systems, LTD.

Day 3 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational:

There were a lot of strong performances, and Timmy Allen and Kevin Obanor played terrific basketball to lead their teams to victories on Day 3 of this event. Meanwhile, K&D Rounds Landscaping really put their mark as a really strong team by defeating Mike Duman Auto Sales by double digits, and Day 1 standout performer Hunter Tyson rolled his ankle early on, which caused him to miss the rest of this game (and the next game as well).

Game 6: Norfolk Sports Club vs. Jani-King

It was a defensive battle as Norfolk Sports Club edged out Jani King.  Texas’ 6-6 senior swingman, Timmy Allen was the standout performer in this game, and he scored 25 points, and had 12 rebounds and 5 assists to help Norfolk Sports Club get the win in this game.

For Jani-King, Zyon Pullin scored 13 points on 3 of 4 shooting, and Kris Bankston had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals in their team’s loss.

Game 7: K&D Rounds Landscaping vs. Mike Duman Auto Sales

It was a very high scoring game as K&D Rounds Landscaping eclipsed the 100-point mark and defeated Mike Duman Auto Sales by double digits.  Texas Tech’s Kevin Obanor scored 29 points, made 3 threes, and blocked 3 shots to help K&D Rounds Landscaping get the win.  Memphis’ senior point guard, Kendric Davis had 14 points and 10 assists.  Iowa’s Filip Rebraca went a perfect 7 for 7 from the field to score 18 points in this game.

For Mike Duman Auto Sales, they were paced by Providence’s Ed Croswell, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds in their loss, as well as by Memphis’ DeAndre Williams, who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and made 2 threes in this game.  Wichita State’s Craig Porter Jr. quietly played well, and he had 11 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2 blocks.

Game 8: Sales Systems, LTD vs. Roger Brown’s Restaurant

It was a very close game in which this game went to overtime, and Sales Systems, LTD ended up getting a narrow win over Roger Brown’s Restaurant.  West Virginia’s Erik Stevenson scored 23 points, LSU’s KJ Williams had 15 points and 17 rebounds, San Diego State’s Nathan Mensah had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell had 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals to help Sales Systems, LTD get the win in this game.

For Roger Brown’s Restaurant, Oklahoma’s Tanner Groves scored 19 points and had 8 rebounds, and JT Shumate, Cam Shelon, and D’Moi Hodge scored 12 points apiece in their team’s loss.

Day 4 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational:

Here is a basic recap of what happened on this day, and what the top performers did on Day 4 of this event. Also, K&D Rounds Landscaping won the 2023 PIT championship, and the PIT committed named Texas’ 6-4 guard, Sir’Jabari Rice as the official MVP of this event.

Game 9 : Jani King vs. Portsmouth Partnership

Jani-King won by 17 as they won their first game of this tournament, and Portsmouth Partnership ended up being the lone team to go winless at this event.  UAB’s senior center Trey Jemison scored 20 points on 10 of 12 shooting and had 14 rebounds, and Morris Udeze had 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Jani-King get the win.  For Portsmouth Partnership, three players reached double figures, and Toumani Camara recorded a double-double despite having an off shooting night in this game.

Game 10: Portsmouth Sports Club vs. Norfolk Sports Club

The Portsmouth Sports Club essentially thrashed the Norfolk Sports Club as they won 112-68.  DePaul’s Umoja Gibson was the standout performer, as he scored 26 points on 10 of 12 shooting, made all 6 of his threes, and he also dished out 7 assists in this game.  Six players reached double figures for the Portsmouth Sports Club.  Jake Stephens had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Tyger Campbell scored 17 points, and Tevian Jones had 15 points.

Four players reached double figures for Norfolk Sports Club.  Timmy Allen had 14 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, and Sincere Carry scored 11 points and made 3 threes in this game.

Game 11: Roger Brown’s Restaurant vs. Mike Duman Auto Sales

It was a very close game in which Roger Brown’s Restaurant narrowly edged out Mike Duran Auto Sales to get the win.  All six of the players that played for Roger Brown’s Restaurant scored in double figures in this game.  Missouri’s D’Moi Hodge scored 20 points, made 6 threes, and had 6 rebounds.  Oklahoma’s Tanner Groves had 17 points and 18 rebounds.  UAB’s Jordan Walker had 16 points and 5 assists.  Virginia Tech’s Justyn Mutts had 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists in this game.

Five players for Mike Duman Auto Sales reached double figures in points scored.  DePaul’s Javan Johnson scored 21 points, made 4 threes, and had 5 rebounds.  Iowa State’s Osun Osunniyi scored 16 points on 6 of 7 shooting.  Memphis’ DeAndre Williams had 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.  Pittsburgh’s Jamarius Burton had 13 points and 5 assists for Mike Duman Auto Sales in his team’s loss. 

A small note was that Clemson’s 6-8 forward, Hunter Tyson had rolled his ankle in his second game of this tournament, so he was unable to play in this game on Day 4 for Mike Duran Auto Sales.

Game 12: K&D Rounds Landscaping vs. Sales Systems, LTD

This was the main event, and K&D Rounds Landscaping held off a scrappy, Sales Systems, LTD team to win the championship at the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational.  Texas’ Sir’Jabari Rice had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists to lead K&D Rounds Landscaping to win the game.  Oral Roberts’ senior center, Connor Vanover had 17 points and made 2 threes.  Texas Tech’s Kevin Obanor had 16 points.

For Sales Systems, LTD., Oklahoma’s senior point guard, Grant Sherfield scored 27 points, made 4 threes, and had 6 rebounds and 3 assists.  San Diego State’s Nathan Mensah had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks.  Rutgers’ Caleb McConnell had 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists for Sales Systems, LTD. in his team’s loss.

Our Picks for the 2023 All-Portsmouth 1st Team:

F Kevin Obanor, K&D Rounds Landscaping
F Tevian Jones, Portsmouth Sports Club
F Hunter Maldonado, K&D Rounds Landscaping
G Sir’Jabari Rice, K&D Rounds Landscaping (Our Pick for the PIT MVP)
G Tyger Campbell, Portsmouth Sports Club

Our Picks for the 2023 All-Portsmouth 2nd Team:

C Nathan Mensah, Sales Systems, Ltd.
F Jake Stephens, Portsmouth Sports Club
F KJ Williams, Sales Systems, Ltd.
G D’Moi Hodge, Roger Brown’s Restaurant
G Grant Sherfield, Sales Systems, Ltd.

Our Picks for the 2023 All-Portsmouth 3rd Team:

F Tanner Groves, Roger Brown’s Restaurant
F Toumani Camara, Portsmouth Partnership 
F Caleb McConnell, Sales Systems, Ltd.
G Timmy Allen, Norfolk Sports Club 
G Kendric Davis, K&D Rounds Landscaping

Honorable Mention:

Emmanuel Akot, Sales Systems, Ltd., JT Shumate, Roger Brown’s Restaurant, Filip Rebraca, K&D Rounds Landscaping, Umoja Gibson, Portsmouth Partnership, Mike Bothwell, K&D Rounds Landscaping, Erik Stevenson, Sales Systems, Ltd., Ed Croswell, Mike Duman Auto Sales, Jarkel Joiner, Sales Systems, Ltd., Darius McGhee, Mike Duman Auto Sales, Hunter Tyson, Mike Duman Auto Sales

For the first team, Sir’Jabari Rice played very well in all three of the games, and he arguably had the strongest performance on his team on Day 4 to help them bring home the championship.  Tevian Jones played really well, and he had the strongest individual performance in a single game by scoring 36 points on 11 of 13 shooting and made 7 threes on Day 2 of the tournament.  Kevin Obanor shot the ball really well, especially from deep, and he really excelled as a scorer to help K&D Rounds Landscaping to win the tournament. Hunter Maldonado showed great versatility and really improved his stock by showing a much improved outside shot, a strong feel for the game, and better than advertised athleticism to go along with being a very good playmaker, and he is a versatile 6-6 guard that put his full skills on display.  Tyger Campbell consistently played well, as he made shots and did a great job of distributing the basketball all tournament long.

For the second team, Grant Sherfield shot the ball really well at this event.  Jake Stephens was consistently productive, and he is a smart, skilled big man that showed off versatile scoring skills and passed the ball very well.  Nathan Mensah also played very well, as he showcased more offensive skills than he showed in the National Championship game against Connecticut, and he seems to have added more of a face-up game and a budding jump shot to go along with being a good rebounder and interior defender.  KJ Williams played at a high level, and he consistently excelled as a scorer and rebounder on the floor.  D’Moi Hodge also played very well in this tournament, and he excelled as a shooter and scorer, especially on Day 2.

There were plenty of tough decisions to make picks for these teams, and there were a lot of players that played very well at the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational.  

Also, the Portsmouth committee named Sir’Jabari Rice as their tournament MVP, and also made their All-Tournament selections.

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament committee named 13 players to their All Tournament Team for 2023, and they named Texas’ 6-4 guard, Sir’Jabari Rice as the MVP of this event.
(Source: Twitter/@PIT_Basketball)

That concludes our write-up of the brief recap of the days 2-4 of the 2023 Portsmouth Invitational, and our picks for the All-Portsmouth teams.  

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