Observations from Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational

April 15th, 2022

By Alan Lu

I took the time to watch all of the games that were played on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational, courtesy of PrepSpin+.  First, I will review the last game of the day that took place between Mike Duman Auto Sales and the Portsmouth Partnership.

Thoughts on the Mike Duman Auto Sales-Portsmouth Partnership Game:

In the third game on Day 2 of this tournament, I felt that Jamaree Bouyea, Jeenathan Williams, and Javante McCoy were standout performers in this game, and Jacob Gilyard made a lot of solid team plays in this game.  Anthony Duruji also caught my eye by making a lot of athletic, hustle plays on the court, and Stanley Umude made clutch plays in the second overtime to help Mike Duman Auto Sales get the win.  Here are who I feel were the most notable performers in the third game on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational.

Jeenathan Williams had a strong showing, as he played well on both ends of the floor to help Mike Duman Auto Sales get a double overtime victory over the Portsmouth Partnership.
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Jeenathan Williams also played very well to help lead Mike Duman Auto Sales to get the win in this game.  He thrived at making plays on both ends of the floor, and he consistently excelled as a scorer and defender when he was on the court.

Williams did a good job of scoring off the dribble as well as in transition.  He would score on strong drives to the hoop.  He can finish plays using either hand, and he is a strong, athletic guard that has a solid set of dribble moves, as well as the strength, body control, and finishing ability to regularly score and get free throws.  He also thrived at scoring on fast breaks, and he was able to throw down an emphatic, breakaway dunk once.  He also showed off some post up skills, as he managed to use a quick drop step to score quickly with his left hand.  Also, Williams showed an adequate ability to knock down jumpers.  He also made a step-back three early on, although he seemed to struggle a little more to knock down outside shots in this game.

As a playmaker, he looked to be fairly average.  He was able to make drive and kick passes to find open shooters.  However, he had a ball ripped away from him when driving to the hoop once that led him to commit a turnover.  Also, Williams was able to get several boards to chip in on the glass.

Plus, he also defended very well.  Williams was able to intercept a pass to get a steal.  He also poked a ball away to get another.  He leapt up really high to block a shot emphatically off of a drive to a teammate, and he did a very good job of contesting shots in the paint to force misses.

Overall, Jeenathan Williams had a strong showing to help get his team the win in this match.  He is a strong, athletic swingman that made solid plays on both ends of the floor, and he could be a good find for an NBA team in the 2022 draft.

Jamaree Bouyea played very well to help lead Mike Duman Auto Sales to get the win in this game.    He did a very good job of scoring and rebounding the basketball when he was on the floor. Bouyea did a great job of scoring on strong drives to the hoop.  He is a quick, crafty guard that has a good set of dribble moves, and he has good body control that enables him to regularly score the basketball.  He was able to use a hesitation move to score once.  He also was able to drive hard to the hoop and take on the contact to score and get fouled another time.  Bouyea also showed a knack for scoring on quick drives in transition.  He also managed to score on an acrobatic layup off of a backdoor cut, and he also drew free throws on a fadeaway jumper from the post.

Bouyea also was able to make a deep, step-back three from way out.  However, he struggled to consistently knock down outside shots, and he especially struggled to make mid-range shots. He also showcased fairly average playmaking skills.  Bouyea was able to make a drive and kick pass to find an open shooter to help set up a score on that play.  On the downside, sometimes he would tend to over-dribble, which would lead him to telegraph his passes that would get intercepted.

Also, Bouyea did a great job of rebounding the basketball.  Defensively, he looked to be about average.  Sometimes though, he would struggle to defend opponents off the dribble, which would lead him to commit fouls.  Overall, Jamaree Bouyea did a very good job of scoring and rebounding the basketball, and he is a speedy, skilled point guard that may have the skills to make it to the NBA.

Javante McCoy had a solid showing for Portsmouth Partnership in this game.  He played well on both sides of the ball, and he especially excelled as a shooter and scorer when he was on the court. McCoy did a good job of knocking down jumpers, especially from beyond the arc.  He showed a knack for making open, spot-up threes off the catch, and he was able to make plenty of them from way out, as he has a lot of range on his shot.  He struggled to score on pull-up jumpers, and he especially struggled to make mid-range shots, but he was able to make a pull-up, mid-range jumper while getting fouled once.  Also, McCoy did a good job of scoring on strong, right-handed drives to the hoop.  He also nearly scored on an athletic tip slam, but it didn’t count, because the play had stopped before that.

He looked to be inconsistent as a passer though.  He was able to make a drive and kick pass off of a curl cut to notch an assist, but sometimes he would telegraph his passes, which would get deflected and intercepted.  McCoy also showed a satisfactory ability to rebound the basketball, and he showed a knack for getting offensive boards in this game.  He also defended well.  He would get his hands on passes to get steals, and he also would apply heavy ball pressure to make it difficult for his opponents to handle the ball.  He also held his ground when defending in the post to force a miss.  Another time though, he was called for fouling an opponent on a fadeaway jumper from the post.

Overall, Javante McCoy is an agile, skilled combo guard that can shoot and score the basketball.  He played well overall, and his ability to make shots and handle the basketball could enable him to make his way to the NBA someday.

Stanley Umude saved his best for the second overtime, and he really was able to kick it into second gear to lead Mike Duman Auto Sales to get the win.  He defended well, but he really struggled with his outside shot in regulation.

He was unable to make any of his threes, and he didn’t shoot the ball very well from the outside.  He did a better job of knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he was able to make one after running off of a curl cut, and after backing his man down from the high post to make a turnaround, fadeaway jumper from the baseline.  He showed a satisfactory ability to score off the dribble, and he was able to score on a thunderous dunk after driving hard to his left.  He also thrived at scoring on hustle plays, and Umude grabbed a key offensive rebound, drew free throws, and made both of them to help his team seal the win.

He looked to be fairly average as a playmaker.  He is an unselfish player that would look to find open shooters to set up scoring chances for them.  Sometimes though, he would struggle to handle the ball when pressured, and he was called for stepping out of bounds once to commit a turnover.

Also, Umude did a decent job of rebounding the basketball.  He also defended well, and he played solid defense in this game.  Umude would pick off passes to get steals, and he also blocked a corner three to a teammate.  He did a good job of contesting jumpers to force misses.  On the other hand, there was one play where he lost track of a cutter, which led his team to give up a dunk that time.

Overall, Umude didn’t have his best game, but he made clutch plays in double overtime to help Mike Duman Auto Sales get the victory.  He proved that he can be counted on in crunch time, and he is an athletic forward that may have what it takes to make it to the NBA someday.

Jacob Gilyard had a decent showing, and he did a very good job of passing and defending for Portsmouth Partnership.  He struggled to shoot or score the basketball, but he played terrific defense, and he made a slew of good passes to set up scores for his teammates.

He showed off good playmaking skills in this game.  He is an agile, skilled point guard that passed the ball well, and he showed good court vision to do so.  Gilyard would throw accurate, interior passes to find open teammates on the move.  He was able to throw nice, behind-the-back passes to find open shooters, and he also threw a pinpoint lob pass to set up a score for a teammate on a backdoor cut.  However, sometimes his teammates would not always be ready to catch his passes, and he had a couple of them that ended up getting dropped.

Gilyard was able to get his fair share of rebounds, and he was able to haul in a pair of defensive boards.  He also played very good defense in this game.  Gilyard is a tough, pesky defender that did a terrific job of forcing turnovers.  He would intercept passes to get steals, and he also would often poke balls away from opposing ball handlers to get additional steals.

He didn’t shoot the ball well, and he missed all of his threes in this game. Although he appeared to make a pull-up three late in this game, it didn’t count, because his team called a timeout prior to that.  Gilyard was able to use a spin move to score on a mid-range jumper.  It seemed though that he will still need more time to get adjusted to the longer three-point line, as he struggled to make threes in this game.

Overall, Jacob Gilyard made a lot of solid team plays when he was on the court.  He struggled with his jump shot, but he passed and defended well.  He is a smart, skilled game-managing point guard that can reliably run the team, and he made solid team plays on the court.  He played fairly well despite not shooting the ball well in this game, and he could project into a backup point guard role in the NBA.

Anthony Duruji had some very good moments in this game for Portsmouth Partnership.  He had his ups and downs, but he thrived at making hustle plays on both ends of the floor.  He scored on numerous powerful dunks off of cuts and in transition, and he also caught a lob pass to score on a high-flying dunk off of a backdoor cut.  He didn’t shoot the ball very well, but he really excelled at scoring on the move in this game.

He also rebounded and defended well.  He would jump passes to get steals, and he is a rangy defender that can make numerous plays on the ball.  Sometimes though, he would be a bit late to make plays, and there was one play where he shaded too far to the right when defending a drive and got beat on a spin move, which led him to commit the foul and give up the basket.

Overall, I felt he made some really good plays out there despite struggling with his outside shot, and Duruji is a very athletic, high-motor forward that could project into a defensive specialist role in the NBA.

I also thought Alex Morales and Nick Muszynski both played fairly well for Mike Duman Auto Sales, and both of them seemed to play really well when they were on the court together at the same time.  They both passed and rebounded the ball well, and they would throw timely passes to put each other in prime scoring spots on the floor.  Morales would make passes off the dribble to notch assists, and Muszynski also would find cutters to set up scores for them. Morales did a good job of making open, spot-up threes.  Muszynski was able to make an open three, and he also did a good job of defending in the post.  On the other hand, both of them seemed to struggle more when they would look to score in the paint.  Morales had trouble scoring off the dribble in this game, and Muszynski struggled to consistently score out of the post.  Overall, they seemed to have very good chemistry in playing with each other on the floor, and that really helped Mike Duman Auto Sales in regulation in this game.

Thoughts on the Sales Systems, Ltd.-Portsmouth Sports Club Game:

This was the second game of the day at this event. I also was able to watch the second game on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational that took place between Sales Systems, Ltd. and the Portsmouth Sports Club.  Sales Systems, Ltd. had control for most of the game, and while the Portsmouth Sports Club was able to make some runs to keep it competitive midway through, Sales Systems, Ltd. was able to consistently play well down the stretch to run away with the victory. 

To me, Michael Devoe looked to be the best performer of this game, and I was impressed with his playmaking skills, and he also thrived as a scorer in crunch time.  I also felt that Cole Swider, Josh Carlton, and Alex O’Connell looked to be the other standout performers of this match, and Darius Days had some really good moments as well.  Here are my thoughts on how Devoe and other various prospects fared in this game.

Michael Devoe scored 14 points, and had 7 assists and 7 rebounds to lead Sales Systems, Ltd. to get a win over the Portsmouth Sports Club.
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Michael Devoe had a strong showing to help lead Sales Systems, Ltd. to get the win over the Portsmouth Sports Club.  He is an agile, skilled combo guard that had a strong all-around game, and he passed the ball very well to get numerous assists.

Devoe did a great job of scoring off the dribble.  He has a solid first step to the hoop, and he would drive to the hoop to regularly score around the basket.  He is a crafty player that has a solid hesitation move, and he was able to score on a switch of hands layup.  Plus, he also managed to score on a backdoor cut.  He also was able to make a step-back, long two from the corner.  On the downside, he had trouble knocking down threes, as he is still getting used to the longer three-point line.

He also showed off very good playmaking skills.  Devoe is a patient player that sees the floor well, and he did a good job of making an array of passes to notch assists.  He would throw swift, drive and kick passes to find open shooters, and he also throw long, accurate passes to find his teammates on the move.  He was able to make a no-look pass to find an open corner shooter, and he also threw a behind-the-back bounce pass to get the ball down low to a teammate another time.  He would probe the defense to find open teammates, and he would consistently get his teammates the basketball.  On the downside, sometimes he would try to be too fancy with his passes that would lead to turnovers.

Plus, he also rebounded the ball well.  Devoe also played satisfactory defense, and he would get his hands on passes to help his team get steals.  In general, Michael Devoe played very well, and he made good team plays to help his team get the win.  He also has shot the ball very well over the course of his collegiate career, so eventually he may be able to adjust to the longer three-point line in time.  He played smart, sound basketball, and he is a versatile guard that could be a good pick for an NBA team in the second round of the 2022 draft.

Alex O’Connell also turned in a good showing, as he did a very good job of shooting, scoring, and rebounding the basketball for the Portsmouth Sports Club in this game.  He also was able to make some really athletic plays, and he was able to throw down a head-turning dunk on the break.

O’Connell shot the ball very well in this game.  He showed a knack for making pull-up jumpers, both from the mid-range and from beyond the arc, and he also ran off the ball to make a quick spot-up three.  He also managed to score on a quick, backdoor cut.  He also thrived at scoring on fast breaks, and he was able to throw down a thunderous dunk late in this game.  He struggled a little more to score after getting the ball on cuts though, especially when he would get the ball on the move and hoist up mid-range jumpers.

He also was quite turnover prone in this game.  For the positives, O’Connell is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass to keep the ball moving.  However, he would tend to throw hasty, inaccurate passes that would end up getting intercepted.

Also, O’Connell did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  He didn’t seem to be too notable defensively, but he was called for fouling an opponent on a fadeaway floater from the mid-range once.  Overall, O’Connell is a very athletic swingman that played very well, and he especially impressed with his shooting, scoring, and athletic abilities.  He turned in a strong performance, and he could project well into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Cole Swider also played well to help lead the Portsmouth Sports Club to get the win in this game.  He didn’t make any of his threes, but he thrived at scoring inside the arc, and he also rebounded the ball very well.  Swider showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays, especially on fast breaks.  He also did a good job of knocking down mid-range jumpers. 

He also passed and rebounded the ball well.  Overall, he is a strong, mobile forward that excelled as a scorer, rebounder, and passer in this game, and he made solid team plays to help his team get the win.  He’ll need to adjust to the longer three-point line, but he generally made good decisions, and he may have the skills to make his way to the NBA someday.

Darius Days also played fairly well for the Portsmouth Sports Club.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, and he also rebounded and defended well.  Days did an adequate job of knocking down jumpers as well as scoring from the post.  He also was able to get a running start to get the ball, and he then drove from the high post to score on a thunderous dunk.  He was quite streaky with his jump shot though, and he would sometimes go on shooting slumps in this game.

He rebounded and defended well.  He was able to get his hands on passes to get steals.  He struggled to handle the ball when pressured at times, and he ended up committing a couple of ball-handling turnovers.

Overall, Darius Days had a satisfactory showing in this game.  He had a strong start to the first half, but he struggled to knock down shots as the first half came to a close.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, as well as good athletic gifts, and he is an intriguing prospect that could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Josh Carlton also played well to help get Sales Systems, Ltd. the victory.  He thrived as an interior player in this game, and he also consistently played well on both ends of the floor. Carlton thrived at scoring on hustle plays.  He would often score on fast breaks, put backs, and rolls to the rim, and he has good hands that would enable him to catch tough passes to score around the basket.  He also was able to run in to score on a tip-in.  He also was able to back his man down to score on a turnaround jump hook, but Carlton struggled to consistently score on post plays with his back to the basket.  He was able to score on a mid-range floater off of a roll, but he had trouble knocking down mid-range shots consistently.

Also, Carlton passed the ball very well.  He threw good touch passes to find his teammates on the move to set up scoring chances for them.  He also rebounded and defended very well.  Carlton was able to block a shot to protect the paint, and he would also contest jumpers to force misses.  Overall, Josh Carlton had a strong showing in this game, and he is a strong, mobile big man that may have the skills to make his way to the NBA someday.

Alonzo Verge Jr. had a solid showing to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get a win in this game.  He did a good job of attacking the hoop to score and get assists on offense.  Verge showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays.  He ran in to score on a tip-in, and he also was able to draw free throws on a cut, as well as on a drive in transition.  He struggled to consistently score off the dribble, but Verge was much better at going to his right then to his left, and he was able to use a pump fake to score on a fadeaway jumper while getting fouled that time.  He also tried to score from the post, but missed on a couple of fadeaway jumpers.

He also showed off good playmaking skills.  He passed and handled the ball well.  Verge was able to make a nice, behind-the-back pass to a teammate on the break to notch an assist.  He would throw accurate, long passes to set up scores for his teammates on the break, and he also threw good interior passes to find open teammates on the move.  Verge looked to distribute the basketball quite a bit, especially in the first half.  Sometimes though, he would throw hasty passes that would get intercepted.

Also, Verge rebounded and defended very well.  He would poke balls and get his hands on passes to get numerous steals and deflections.  Overall, Alonzo Verge Jr. played well, and although he did not attempt a single three-point shot in this game, he seemed to do everything else very well, and his ability to make plays could enable him to make his way to the NBA next season.

Taz Sherman also played fairly well for the Portsmouth Sports Club in this game.  He shot the ball well from beyond the arc, and he generally made solid plays on both ends of the floor. Sherman showed a solid ability to knock down jumpers.  He especially showed a knack for making pull-up jumpers, both from the mid-range and from beyond the arc, and he also made a quick, spot-up three early on.  He also would drive aggressively to the rim to get fouled to get to the free throw line.

He displayed adequate playmaking skills.  He was able to show that he can make an assortment of passes to notch assists.  However, he also had a ball stolen away from him when handling it once to commit a turnover.  Sherman also played satisfactory defense.  He was able to jump a pass to get a steal, and he also blocked a shot, but he also was called for fouling an opposing ball handler another time.

Overall, Taz Sherman turned in a solid showing in this game, and he is an agile, skilled combo guard that can shoot and score the basketball.  He may need to show NBA teams that he can reliably run the point, but his ability to knock down shots and create his own shot could enable him to make it to the NBA.

Malik Williams also played fairly well for the Portsmouth Sports Club in this game.  He is a strong, mobile center that did a good job of knocking open, spot-up threes off the catch.  He didn’t seem to play as well in the non-shooting related categories of this game though, and he would sometimes be unfocused on the defensive end.  He bit on a pump fake and committed a foul on a drive to allow a score once.  He also was caught ball watching and didn’t actively contest a shot around the basket, as he allowed an opponent to get an easy catch and score.

Overall, Williams showed some intriguing skills, as he shot the three-ball well in this match.  He will need to play better in the other areas, but his size, athleticism, and ability to space the floor could enable him to project to be a stretch big in the NBA.

Michael Flowers had a decent showing to help Sales Systems, Ltd. get the win in this game.  He showed off versatile scoring skills, and he made solid plays on both ends of the court.  He excelled at making open corner threes as well as strong, left-handed drives to the hoop.  He is a crafty scorer off the dribble, as he managed to score on a reverse layup, and he also used a hesitation move to score another time.  He also would get his hands on passes to get steals.  However, he was a bit turnover prone, as he would commit careless turnovers on offense.  Overall, Flowers is an agile, skilled scoring combo guard that can knock down shots in a variety of ways.  He will need to show teams that he can reliably run the point at higher levels, but his ability to make shots could enable him to compete for a  roster spot in the NBA.

Thoughts on the K&D Rounds Landscaping-Jani-King Game:

This was the first game on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational. Yesterday, I took the time to watch the first game on the second day of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational that took place between K & D Rounds Landscaping and Jani-King, with thanks to PrepSpin+.  It was very competitive in the first half, but K & D Rounds Landscaping ended up dominating in the second half to run away with the victory.  Terrell Brown Jr. led all scorers with 23 points, and he looked to have played the best in this game, and the other standout performers in my opinion were Jamal Cain, Brandon Horvath, Tyrn Flowers, and Nate Watson.  Here are my thoughts on how Terrell Brown Jr. and other various prospects fared in this game.

Terrell Brown Jr. scored 23 points to lead K&D Rounds Landscaping to a win early on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational.
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Terrell Brown Jr. had a tremendous showing to help get K&D Rounds Landscaping a win in this game.    He did a great job of shooting and scoring the basketball.  He shot the ball very well, especially from beyond the arc.  Brown showed a knack for making corner threes, and he also managed to make a smooth, pull-up mid-range jumper. 

He also showed a solid ability to score off the dribble.  Brown would drive hard to the hoop, and he showed good timing, patience, and body control to regularly score around the basket.  Sometimes he would use hesitation moves, other times he would be able to evade defenders in traffic to score at the rim.  He also would draw fouls upon his defenders to get to the free throw line.  Brown also managed to score on a tough, fadeaway jumper from the post.  Sometimes though, he would take tough, rushed shots that would lead to misses.

He also passed and rebounded the ball well.  Brown would get the ball to shooters to notch assists.  He also was able to save a ball to help his team get an offensive board due to possessing a good motor.  Overall, Brown is an agile, shifty combo guard that showed a knack for shooting and scoring the basketball, and he played really well to help his team get the victory.  He really excelled at making shots in this game, and his ability to make shots and make plays with the ball in his hands could enable him to make his way into the NBA someday.

Jamal Cain also played very well for Jani-King in this game.  He played well on both ends of the floor, and Cain especially thrived as a sharpshooter and scorer on offense.  He did a great job of making open, corner threes off the catch to show his shooting prowess in this match.  Cain also would knock down smooth, pull-up, mid-range jumpers.  He also did a good job of scoring in the post, and he showed good strength, body control, and shooting touch to score on tough shots.  Sometimes he would take tough, off-balanced shots that would lead to misses, but Cain shot the ball really well on offense yesterday.

He looked to be a bit turnover prone on offense, though.  On one good play, Cain was able to make a swift drive and drop-off pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break.  However, he had some trouble handling the ball when pressured, which would lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.  Also, Cain did a decent job of rebounding the basketball, and he especially was active at crashing the glass to get offensive boards.  He also played adequate defense.  Cain rotated to make a chase down block to a teammate to prevent an opponent from scoring on the break.  He also poked balls away to get steals.  However, sometimes he would foul opposing ball-handlers due to over-aggressiveness.  He also sagged too far off his man another time, which led him to allow a corner three score to his opponent.

Overall, Jamal Cain had a strong showing in this game, and he is an athletic swingman that can shoot and score the basketball.  He will need to tighten up his handles and on-ball defense, but his ability to knock down shots could enable him to make it to the NBA next season, as he could project well into a 3 and D role for the next level.

Brandon Horvath played well to help get K&D Rounds Landscaping a win in this game.  Horvath showed off versatile scoring skills, and he also defended well.  He showed a knack for scoring on open, spot-up threes, and he also managed to drive to the hoop to score on a mid-range floater.  Horvath also scored on a roll, and he also got a great seal to score in the low post. 

Also, he passed the ball very well, and he was able to rack up assists in this game.  He also played solid defense.  Horvath was able to intercept a pass to get a steal, and he would contest shots in the paint to force misses.  On one play though, he was caught ball watching, and he allowed his opponent to get an easy catch and score around the basket.

Overall, Brandon Horvath had a good showing in this game, and he is an offensively skilled big man that can shoot and pass the basketball.  He has played well at Portsmouth this year, and he may have the skills to make his way onto an NBA roster next season.

Tyrn Flowers had a solid showing to help get K&D Rounds Landscaping a win in this game.  He did a god job of making plays on both ends of the floor.  He excelled as a spot-up shooter and low post scorer in this game, as he would make open threes, and he also was able to score on a turnaround jump hook.  Flowers also ran the floor to get the ball to score on a fast break. 

He also played satisfactory defense.  He emphatically blocked a shot to a teammate.  He also would get his hands on passes to get steals.  Plus, he also contested a shot off of a drive to force a miss.  However, he would give up too much space to shooters, and he would not actively contest shots, which would lead him to give up corner threes to his opponents.  Another time, he fouled an opponent when defending a fadeaway jumper in the high post.

Overall, Tyrn Flowers is a fairly athletic, energetic combo forward that played well on both sides of the ball.  He had a good showing in this game, and he could project into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

Garrison Brooks also had a solid showing to help get K&D Rounds Landscaping a win in this game.  He did a good job of scoring in the post.  He is a strong, mobile big man that would often get deep position, which would enable him to score on turnaround jumpers and jump hooks.  He also would go hard to the hoop to draw free throws when looking to score out of the post as well as off the dribble.

Plus, he also was able to knock down a couple of mid-range jumpers in this game.  However, Brooks had trouble consistently knocking down mid-range shots, as he took plenty of them and missed his fair share from that range.

He also showed off adequate playmaking skills.  Brooks generally passed the ball well, and he threw a long outlet pass to set up a score for a teammate on the break.  However, he also dropped a pass another time that led to a team turnover.  Also, Brooks did a decent job of rebounding the basketball.  He also played satisfactory defense.  He would get his hands on passes to get steals, and he also jumped on a loose ball to help his team get another.  Sometimes he would get outmuscled when defending stronger players in the post, which would lead him to commit fouls.  He also got beat on a spin move when defending a drive to allow a score.

Overall, Brooks played fairly well in this game.  He wasn’t quite as dynamic at scoring the basketball as he was in the previous game, but he was still effective, nonetheless.  He will need to show that he can consistently knock down outside shots and defend in games, but he has played well at Portsmouth so far, and he is currently a borderline second round candidate for the 2022 draft.

Nate Watson also had a strong showing for Jani-King in this game.  He especially thrived as a low-post scorer and finisher around the basket.  He would use strong drop step moves to score on powerful moves at the rim.  He also used a nice shoulder fake to score on a turnaround jump hook.  He also caught a lob to score on an alley-oop dunk late in this game. 

He also thrived at scoring on hustle plays.  Watson used a pump fake to score on a roll to the rim.  He also scored on powerful dunks in transition as well as off of a tip-in.  Plus, he also set a solid on-ball screen that enabled his teammate to score on an open jump shot.  Overall, Watson is a very strong, physical center that has shown very good inside scoring skills at the Portsmouth Invitational this year.  He has great strength, and he has been dominating opponents as a low post scorer at this event.  He will still need to show that he can knock down outside shots and defend upper-echelon opponents well on a consistent basis.  Currently, he projects to be a borderline second round candidate for the 2022 draft.

Charlie Moore had a decent showing to help lead K&D Rounds Landscaping to a win yesterday.  He struggled with his three-point shot and with turnovers, but Moore is a speedy guard that had some really nice scores on strong drives to the basket.

He is a fleet-footed guard that handles the ball very well, and he would use swift ball-handling moves to get around defenders to regularly score around the basket.  Moore thrived as a scorer off the dribble, and he is a shifty, crafty scoring point guard that maneuvered around defenders to consistently get into the lane.

He also was able to make a one-legged, fadeaway jumper from the mid-range, and he also made a smooth, pull-up three.  However, Moore had trouble knocking down threes in this game, and he especially struggled to make spot-up threes off the catch.

Also, Moore showed off adequate playmaking skills.  Moore can throw solid passes off the dribble, and he can make an assortment of passes to find open teammates due to possessing solid court vision.  Sometimes though, he would throw inaccurate, rushed passes that would go astray, and other times he would struggle to handle the ball when pressured.

Overall, Charlie Moore had his ups and downs, but he turned in a very strong second half, and he had made some really impressive shots off the dribble down the stretch.  He has had a fairly good tournament overall so far, and he could be an intriguing option for NBA teams to consider in the mid to late second round range of the upcoming draft.

Koby McEwen had his ups and downs for Jani-King in their loss to K & D Rounds Landscaping.  McEwen had a strong first half, but he seemed to fade into the background in the second half, and he was inconsistent as a shooter and playmaker overall.  In the first half, he showed off versatile scoring skills, and he particularly thrived as a scorer on fast breaks.  He also showed that he was a capable outside shooter, although he struggled to consistently knock down mid-range jumpers as the game wore on.

He was able to find open shooters to set up scoring chances for them.  However, he tended to throw lazy passes that would get intercepted.  Overall, he had a solid first half, but he struggled in the second half, and he will need to play better in the next game to try to build more positive momentum for the draft this year.

Darryl Morsell had some good moments in this game.  He struggled to knock down shots consistently, but he was able to make a pair of threes, was able to draw free throws, and he also excelled as a passer, rebounder, and defender on the court.

He had a much better offensive game on Day 1, as he shot the ball better overall, but Morsell did a good job of throwing accurate, pinpoint interior passes to notch assists, and he showed good court vision to do so.  He rebounded the ball very well, and he also played solid defense.  He was able to jump a pass to get a steal, and he also would contest shots to force misses.  Morsell was able to make threes both off the catch and dribble, and he was able to make a pull-up three from way out.  He struggled to score consistently off the dribble, and he did have a few of his shots blocked, but he was able to draw fouls on his defenders to get to the free throw line.

Overall, Morsell is an athletic combo guard that can play a variety of positions, and he thrived at making team plays, even though he was inconsistent as a scorer in this game.  He’ll need to be a more consistent shooter in games, but his athleticism and strong defensive skills could enable him to make it as a defensive specialist in the NBA.

In conclusion, three games was a lot to scout in one day. After having watched a lot of basketball, here are my 3 Stars of the day on Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational.

The 3 Stars of Day 2 of the 2022 Portsmouth Invitational:

  1. Michael Devoe, Sales Systems, Ltd. (14 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals in a 92-80 win)
  2. Terrell Brown Jr., K&D Rounds Landscaping (23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in an 89-73 win)
  3. Jeenathan Williams, Mike Duman Auto Sales (15 points, 2 steals in a double OT win)

It was quite tough to make a call in who I would pick to be the best performers of the day, but after spending a good portion of this night in writing this up, those are my choices. I also thought it would be better to reward one player from each game. Well, I had fun in watching the games, and the NBA playoffs will begin on April 17th. Thanks for reading.

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