Notes On Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational

April 15th, 2022

By Alan Lu

Yesterday, I watched all three of the games on Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, courtesy of PrepSpin+. The picture quality was at its best early in the day, but there were times where it stalled. That said, some of the players turned in tremendous performances, and some of the players that played on this day really dominated to help their respective teams get victories. Here, this will be rather straightforward this time around, as I will review the game that started early in the day first, and it will go in chronological order as it happened throughout the rest of the day.

Thoughts on the Portsmouth Partnership-Portsmouth Sports Club Game:

I took the time to watch the first game of Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament that took place between the Portsmouth Partnership and the Portsmouth Sports Club, courtesy of PrepSpin+.  Both teams didn’t shoot the ball very well, but Devante’ Jones took over, as he dominated with a strong all-around game to lead the Portsmouth Partnership to get the win.  Here are my thoughts on how he and other top performers played in that game. Also, for those that are interested in the box score of this game, here is the link.

Devante’ Jones had a tremendous showing for Portsmouth Partnership to help his team get the win on the third day of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational.
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Devante’ Jones had a strong showing to lead the Portsmouth Partnership to a win over the Portsmouth Sports Club.  He had a superb, all-around game, and he did a great job of rebounding and defending in this game. Jones shot the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc.  He showed a knack for making open, spot-up threes, and he also excelled at making pull-up, mid-range jumpers.  He did a good job of scoring on strong right-handed drives to the hoop, and he also managed to score on a backdoor cut.

Also, he showed off satisfactory playmaking skills.  He would look to find open shooters to notch assists, and he also threw a pinpoint lob pass to set up a dunk for Dallas Walton late in this game.  However, Jones threw a couple of hasty passes that got intercepted, and he also had a ball poked away from him that led him to commit a turnover another time.

Plus, Jones did a tremendous job of rebounding the basketball.  He has a keen nose for the ball, and he is a very good rebounder, especially for a point guard.  He also played terrific defense.  He would get his hands on passes to get plenty of steals and deflections, and he also would swipe balls away to get more steals.  Jones is a feisty, rangy defender that was virtually everywhere on defense, and he was able to rack up a plethora of steals.

Overall, Devante’ Jones put forth a magnificent performance in his team’s win over the Portsmouth Sports Club.  He dominated in this match, and he is a strong, agile playmaker that may have the skills to make it to the NBA.

D’Shawn Schwartz also played very well in this game, as he thrived as a sharpshooter for the Portsmouth Sports Club.  He showed a knack for making open, spot-up threes off the catch, especially when he would take them from the corners.  He also would use ball fakes and dribble moves on aggressive drives to draw fouls on defenders to get to the free throw line.  On the downside, he didn’t shoot the ball nearly enough, and he struggled to score off the dribble when he wouldn’t get foul calls.

He also showcased fairly average playmaking skills.  Schwartz was able to make a drop-off pass off the dribble to notch an assist.  However, he also threw a couple of hasty interior passes that ended up getting intercepted.

Overall, Schwartz had a solid showing, and he shot the ball very well in this game.  He is a strong, mobile forward that can make threes and score out of the post, and he could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Other Notes:

The other players seemed to struggle more in this game, but there were a few noteworthy performances along the way.

Dallas Walton struggled in the first half, but he played significantly better in the second half.  He defended well, and he also thrived at generally scoring on hustle plays.  Walton was able to catch a lob to score on a thunderous alley-oop dunk late in this game, and he also ran in to score on a tip slam.  He also scored on a strong drive while getting fouled.  While he was able to score on a left-handed hook shot, Walton struggled to knock down turnaround jumpers out of the post.  He also had trouble making mid-range shots in this game.

He also rebounded and defended very well.  Walton grabbed many rebounds in this game.  He also was able to get his hands on a pass to get a steal, and he also jumped on a loose ball to help his team get another.  He also blocked a shot in the post, and he generally did a good job of contesting outside shots to force misses.  On the downside, there was one play where he sagged too far off of a shooter, which led him to give up a mid-range basket.

Savion Flagg played very well in the first half, but he struggled to knock down shots in the second half.  He excelled as a scorer in the post, and he showed that he can knock down turnaround jumpers.  He also showed that he can knock down threes off the catch and dribble, and he also managed to score off of a cut.  On the downside, he was very streaky with his jump shot, and he had trouble scoring off the dribble or knocking down jumpers in the second half.

He also passed and rebounded very well.  Flagg was able to find a cutter to notch an assist, and he grabbed many rebounds due to possessing a good motor.  Overall, he was able to have some good moments in this game, and he could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Darius Days is a strong, athletic forward that can play a variety of front-court positions.  He showed versatile scoring skills, although he struggled with his jump shot overall.  He showed that he can score on strong moves in the post, and Days was able to make a one-legged fadeaway jumper over a smaller defender on the block.  He also rebounded and defended well.  He intercepted a pass to get a steal, dove for a loose ball to help his team get another, and he also blocked a shot in the post.   He’ll need to be a more consistent shooter in games, but Days is a strong, skilled forward that may have the skills to make it to the NBA.

Jacob Gilyard had a decent showing in this game. In particularly, he had a good second half on this day.  He passed the ball very well, as he would routinely get the ball to cutters to notch assists.  He played tough, aggressive defense.  He struggled with his jump shot, but he has a quick first step that enabled him to score on a speedy, left-handed drive.  He’ll need to improve his shooting and scoring skills, but he’s passed and defended well at Portsmouth so far.  He is a smart, skilled playmaker that could project into a backup point guard role in the NBA. Tyson Jolly was able to score on a couple of emphatic dunks off of backdoor cuts, and he is a strong, athletic combo guard that can score out of the post.  He also was able to block a shot emphatically off of a cut to get a stop for his team.  He will need to improve his jump shot and playmaking skills, but his ability to make hustle plays and defend could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA.

Thoughts on the Sales Systems, Ltd.-Mike Duman Auto Sales Game:

I also took the time to watch the second game of Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational that took place between Sales Systems, Ltd. and Mike Duman Auto Sales, courtesy of PrepSpin+.  Unfortunately, they had trouble getting the feed up, so I ended up missing the first 6 ½ minutes of this game.  The streaming quality was choppy at times, but I persisted in watching this game.

As for the game itself, Sales Systems, Ltd. won in a blowout victory over Mike Duman Auto Sales.  They received tremendous play from numerous players, most notably Justin Bean and Ryan Turell in this game.  Here are my thoughts on how Bean and other various prospects fared in this match. Also, for those that are interested in the box score of this game, here is the link.

Justin Bean scored 24 points to lead Sales Systems, Ltd. to get the win on Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational.
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Justin Bean had a tremendous showing to help lead Sales Systems, Ltd. to get the win in this game.  He is a very athletic, high-motor forward that made fantastic plays on both ends of the court, and he had a strong all-around game to help lead his team to get the victory.

Justin Bean’s tremendous put back slams was one of the best highlights of the night.
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Bean showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays.  He would tend to score off of cuts, fast breaks, and tip-ins.  He would crash in to throw down thunderous dunks, and he also ran in to score on a thunderous tip slam midway through this match.  He also was able to score from the post and get an extra free throw afterwards.  He also shot the ball well, as he was able to make an open three, use a ball fake to get fouled when taking a three-point shot, and he also made a smooth turnaround mid-range jumper another time.

He also showed fairly average playmaking skills in this game.  He is an unselfish player that would make the extra pass to find the open man, but sometimes he would throw hasty passes that would get intercepted. He also did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  Plus, he also defended very well.  He blocked a shot emphatically off of a drive.  He also would get his hands on passes to get steals for his team.  Overall, Bean had a fantastic performance to lead his team to get the win, and he could be a good find for an NBA team on draft day.

Ryan Turell scored 21 points to help lead Sales Systems, Ltd. tp get the win on Day 3 of the 2022 PIT.
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Ryan Turell also played very well to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get the win over Mike Duman Auto Sales.  He turned in a much better showing than the previous game.  He shot the ball really well, he looked to be considerably more athletic than before, and he had a strong all-around game to help his team get the victory.

Turell shot the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc.  He showed a knack for making quick, open threes off the catch.  He also showed good footwork, as he was able to use a pump fake and a side step move to his right to knock down a smooth, pull-up three.

He also drove to the hoop, and used a step-through move to score on a pull-up, mid-range jumper.  Turell also thrived at scoring on drives in transition.  He also would’ve scored on a very impressive, effortless 360 dunk that he threw down, except that it didn’t count because the game had ended just before he was able to get the shot off.

He also passed the ball very well.  Turell was very accurate with his passes.  He would throw pinpoint passes to get the ball to his teammates on short rolls, and he threw crisp, accurate interior passes.  He also did a good job of passing off the dribble to set up numerous scoring chances for his teammates.  He also was able to get his fair share of rebounds in this game. 

Turell also defended well.  He was able to chase down a loose ball to help his team get a steal, and he also blocked a shot.  He was able to successfully draw a charge when defending in the post, and he also contested a three to force a miss.  On one play though, he got backed down when defending in the post, which caused him to commit a foul and allow a score.  Another time, he got beat on a cut, which led his team to give up a basket that time.

Overall, Ryan Turell played terrific basketball to help his team get the win, and he seemed to make significant strides to help his draft standing and draft stock on this day.  He is a sharpshooter that seems to have a good feel for the game, and he is a skilled, hard-nosed player that could project well into a shooting specialist role in the NBA.

Michael Devoe also played very well to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get the win in this game.  Although he didn’t look to take outside shots in this match very often, Devoe did everything else very well. Devoe showed a knack for scoring on strong, left-handed drives to the hoop, as well as on drives in transition.  He also was able to use a nifty, Euro-step move to score on a strong drive in transition.  Plus, he also managed to score on a backdoor cut.

He also showcased good playmaking skills.  He threw very good interior passes, as he would throw long, accurate passes to find his teammates on the move to notch a wealth of assists.  On the downside, sometimes he would over-dribble into traffic, which would lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.  Also, Devoe rebounded and defended well, and he would poke balls away to get steals.

Overall, Devoe played very well, and he has really thrived as a playmaker at Portsmouth.  He will need to adjust to the longer three-point line at higher levels, but his strong play on both sides of the ball and good feel for the game could enable him to thrive as a role player in the NBA.

Stanley Umude also played well for Mike Duman Auto Sales in this game.  He did a good job of scoring and defending in this game.  He showed a knack for attacking the hoop to score the basketball.  Umude showed a solid ability to score on strong drives to the hoop.  He also was able to score off of a quick cut, and he also would score on powerful dunks around the basket.  While he was able to make a couple of pull-up, mid-range jumpers as well as on an open three off the catch, he struggled to consistently knock down his outside shots.

He was able to throw a solid interior pass to a roll man to set up a scoring chance ofr a teammate.  Sometimes though, he would be careless with the ball, which would lead him to commit turnovers.  Umude was able to get a pair of defensive boards to chip in on the glass.  He also played solid defense.  He was able to intercept a pass to get a steal, and he also blocked a three-point shot.

Overall, Stanley Umude turned in a strong showing, as he thrived as a scorer and defender in this game.  He has shown that he can be a reliable go-to scorer when counted upon to do so, but he will still need to be a more consistent outside shooter in games.  Still, he may be an underrated prospect, and he could project to be a solid role player in the NBA.

Josh Carlton also played well to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get the win in this game.  He showed a knack for making plays in the paint, as he also passed the ball very well.  He would tend to score on fast breaks as well as on rolls to the rim, and he would catch tough passes and score on powerful dunks afterwards. 

He also showed a solid ability to score from the post, and he also managed to get deep position to score on a jump hook.  He also managed to score on a mid-range floater after getting the ball on a short roll, but Carlton had trouble consistently knocking down mid-range jumpers in this game.

Also, Carlton passed the ball well.  He did a very good job of passing out of the post, and he would consistently find cutters to set up scoring chances for his teammates.  He also rebounded and defended well, and he would often block shots to help his team protect the paint.  Overall, Josh Carlton had a strong showing to help lead his team to get the win, and he is a strong, athletic big man that could project to be a rim protector in the NBA.

Fabian White Jr. also played well for Mike Duman Auto Sales.  He did a good job of making plays on both ends of the floor.  He especially thrived as a sharpshooter, and he would often make open, spot-up threes off the catch.  He did a good job of knocking down outside shots, and he also scored on a strong put back.  However, he had trouble scoring in one-on-one situations, and he also missed on a couple of pull-up, mid-range jumpers.  He showcased fairly average playmaking skills, but sometimes he would be careless with the ball, which would lead him to commit turnovers. 

He also rebounded and defended fairly well.  White was able to block a shot to prevent an opponent from scoring on the break, and he also intercepted a pass to get a steal.  Sometimes though, he would be too aggressive defensively, which would lead him to commit fouls. Overall, White thrived as a shooter in this game, and he shot the ball very well from beyond the arc.  He made solid plays in this game, and he could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Jeenathan Williams had a decent showing in Mike Duman Auto Sales’ loss in this game.  He especially played well in the first half, but he started to hoist up a lot of shots and showed some questionable shot selection as his team started to lose their grip on this match, as they ended up losing by double digits.

Williams thrived at scoring on strong drives in transition.  He also was able to back down his man to score on a strong, jump hook while getting fouled to show his low post scoring skills.  Williams also made a pair of open spot-up threes off the catch, but he ended up being streaky with his outside shot, as he had trouble making threes late in this contest, and he also had trouble making pull-up, mid-range jumpers.

He also passed the ball very well.  He would look to find open shooters, and he also made solid drive and kick passes to create scoring chances for his teammates.  He also was able to get a few rebounds to chip in on the glass.  He also played satisfactory defense, and he was able to jump on a loose ball to help his team get a steal.

Overall, Jeenathan Williams looked to be one of the best players on his team in their loss to Sales Systems, Ltd. in this game.  He especially thrived at making shots in the first half.  However, as they struggled to make plays in the second half, he started forcing up some tough shots that ended up hurting his shooting percentages a bit.  Still, he’s played fairly well overall in Portsmouth so far, and he is an athletic, skilled swingman that could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Gaige Prim also played well to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get the victory in this game.  He generally thrived at scoring on hustle plays, and he has good strength that would enable him to score in the post.  He struggled to make shots from further out, and Prim is a strong, mobile big man that can finish plays in the paint to score the basketball. He also passed the ball well.  He would make the extra pass to find the open man, which netted him plenty of assists.  He also did a good job of rebounding the basketball, and he especially showed a penchant for grabbing offensive rebounds to help his team on the glass.  Overall, Prim played well in this game.  He will still need to expand upon his skill set offensively, and he will need to show NBA teams that he can guard upper-echelon opponents at higher levels, but his ability to score in the paint could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA someday.

Thoughts on the Roger Brown’s Restaurant-Norfolk Sports Club Game:

I took the time to watch the third game on Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational between Roger Brown’s Restaurant and the Norfolk Sports Club, courtesy of PrepSpin+.  There were still streaming issues during the middle of the game, and at times the footage was choppy, but the video quality was significantly better than the second game of this day as a whole.

As for the game itself, it was very competitive, but Roger Brown’s Restaurant was able to get a close victory due to the strong performances of Jeriah Horne, Tyrese Martin, Grant Golden, and Tommy Kuhse.  Also, I felt that Keve Aluma and Jared Rhoden were the other standouts for the Norfolk Sports Club.  Here are my thoughts on how Horne and other various prospects fared in this game. Also, for those that are interested in the box score of this game, here is the link.

Jeriah Horne scored 23 points to lead Roger Brown’s Restaurant to a win on Day 3 of the 2022 PIT.
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Jeriah Horne had a strong showing to help lead Roger Brown’s Restaurant to a win in this game.  He has shot the ball very well in this tournament, and he has been one of the best players at Portsmouth this week. Horne did a great job of knocking down jumpers, especially from beyond the arc.  He showed a knack for making threes, and he also thrived at making pull-up jumpers in this game.  He also showed a solid ability to score off the dribble, and he has good footwork that would enable him to make shots from the mid-range.  He also scored on a backdoor cut.  On the downside, he struggled to consistently score from the post, as he would tend to miss on turnaround, fadeaway jumpers late in this contest.

Horne also showcased adequate playmaking skills.  He generally did a good job of passing the basketball.  However, he dropped a full court pass that led to a team turnover, and he also had a ball poked away from him when posting up another time.

Also, he was able to get his fair share of boards.  Defensively, he looked to be above average.  He was able to poke a ball away to get a steal, and he also blocked a shot to help his team protect the paint.  However, he had some trouble guarding quicker players.  On one play, he got beat off the dribble, which led him to commit a foul once.  Another time, he sagged too far off of a shooter, which led him to give up a three-point basket.

Overall, Jeriah Horne played very well, and he particularly thrived as a sharpshooter and scorer in this game.  He has had a very good tournament so far, and he is strong, mobile combo forward that could project well into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Tyrese Martin also had a strong showing to help lead Roger Brown’s Restaurant to a win in this game.  He played very well on both ends of the floor, and he is a strong, athletic swingman that made a lot of hustle plays throughout this match. Martin thrived at scoring on hustle plays.  He showed a knack for scoring on fast breaks and backdoor cuts.  He was able to throw down powerful dunks off of cuts, and he also scored on a nifty drive in transition another time.  He also did a good job of scoring in the post, as well as on long, two-pointers off the catch.  While Martin was able to make an open three, he struggled to make three-pointers consistently in this game.

He also showcased satisfactory playmaking skills.  Martin passed the ball very well, and he was able to make an assortment of passes to find open teammates due to possessing good patience and solid court vision.  However, sometimes he would struggle to handle the ball when pressured, which would lead to ball-handling turnovers.

Also, he did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  Martin also played good defense.  He was able to poke a ball away to get a steal, and he also jumped a pass to help his team get another.  Overall, Martin played very well in this game, and he has had a very good tournament so far in Portsmouth.  He has played well in two games at this event, and he could be an intriguing option for NBA teams to consider in the mid to late second round range of the 2022 draft.

Keve Aluma also played very well for the Norfolk Sports Club in this game.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, as he excelled at making open threes, and at scoring in the post.  He was able to score on a turnaround jump hooks from the baseline, and he also would run the floor to score on dunks in transition. He also played satisfactory defense, and he was able to poke a ball away to get a steal. Overall, he has played very well at Portsmouth, and he is an agile, skilled big man whose scoring skills could help him make it to the NBA.

Jared Rhoden had a decent showing in his team’s loss to Roger Brown’s Restaurant.  He especially played well in the first half, as he did a good job of scoring the basketball, but he struggled with turnovers late in this match. Rhoden showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays.  He was able to score on a backdoor cut, as well as on a speedy drive on the break.  He also did a decent job of knocking down mid-range jumpers.  He also showed that he can score off the dribble, and he also made an open three off the catch, but Rhoden looked to be too streaky at doing so, as he had trouble scoring in traffic or knocking down threes late in this contest.

He was very turnover prone on offense.  For the positives, he can throw long, accurate interior passes to find open teammates around the basket.  However, he had trouble handling the ball when pressured, which would often lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.  He also was able to get his fair share of rebounds.  He also played solid defense.  He would apply significant ball pressure, and he was able to poke a ball away to get a steal.

Overall, Jared Rhoden played fairly well, and he showed good athleticism and energy to make plays on both ends of the floor.  He struggled to make plays down the stretch, but with his solid performances in the two games he’s played at this event, he may have played his way into the second round conversation of the 2022 draft.

Grant Golden also had a solid showing to help Roger Brown’s Restaurant get the win.  He made solid team plays on both ends of the court, although he also struggled with turnovers in this game. Golden thrived at scoring on hustle plays.  He has good footwork, balance, and body control to score on tough rolls to the rim, and he also was able to score on a put back, as well as on a drive in transition.  He also showed a nice shooting touch to score in the post.  He also tried to score on a drive, but missed on the runner that time.

On the downside, he was fairly turnover prone on offense.  Golden has solid court vision and decent ball-handling skills for a big man, and he would find cutters to notch assists.  He also would push the ball up the floor and then make a drop-off pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break early on.  However, he would sometimes throw passes that would go astray, as his teammates would not always be ready to catch them.  Other times, he would struggle to handle the ball when pressured, which would lead to ball-handling turnovers.

He was able to get his fair share of rebounds in this game.  Golden also played satisfactory defense.  He was able to block a shot off of a drive due to possessing solid timing.  He also would contest shots to help force misses.  He also would get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections.  Sometimes though, he would commit fouls due to over-aggressiveness.  Another time, he sagged too far off of a shooter and gave up a three-point basket.

Overall, Grant Golden played fairly well in this game, despite the turnovers.  He was efficient in making his shots, even though he didn’t take many of them, and he also defended well.  He will still need to extend his shooting range and take better care of the basketball, but his ability to make plays on offense could enable him to compete for a roster spot in the NBA next season.

Tommy Kuhse had a decent showing in this game.  He shot the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc.  He did a great job of making threes, as he was able to do so both off the catch and dribble.  He also would drive hard to the hoop to get free throws.  On the downside, he was also turnover prone.  He would sometimes be careless with the ball, which would lead him to commit turnovers.  Overall, Kuhse has had a solid tournament so far, and he is a skilled point guard that could compete for a roster spot in the NBA next season.

After having watched all three of the games on Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, I have decided who would be the 3 Stars of the night.

The 3 Stars on Day 3 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational:

  1. Devante’ Jones, Portsmouth Partnership (18 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals in a 72-64 win)
  2. Justin Bean, Sales Systems, Ltd. (24 points, 10 rebounds in a 106-88 win)
  3. Ryan Turell, Sales Systems, Ltd. (21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, made 5 threes in a 106-88 win)

It was a very close decision in choosing who would be the third star of the night, as I had it down to Ryan Turell or Jeriah Horne, as both players played very well, but I felt that Turell played a better all-around game overall.  Both played extremely well, but I felt that Turell made smarter decisions with the ball down the stretch, and made more hustle plays.  Horne also played very well, but the decision for Roger Brown’s Restaurant to run post plays for him late in this game was a little baffling, considering that he was much better in knocking down threes instead, and that it seemed to halt the flow of the offense a bit.  Still, both shot the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc, and both turned in strong performances.   I think both players really helped themselves by playing very well to help their respective teams get victories on this day.

Overall, it was fun watching these games, and there were some bumps along the way, but there were some really good performances on this day. Also, congratulations to the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans for winning their play-in games to get to the 2022 NBA Playoffs! It will be exciting to see how the NBA playoffs unfolds this year. Thanks for reading.

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