NEW YORK, April 12 -- The 52nd annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament finished up Saturday night, and Sunday night the PIT Executive Committee released its selections for the All-Tournament and All-Consolation bracket teams. Following is their selections, with tournament statistics and comments from an avid viewer of all 11 tournament games.
PIT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Tony Bobbitt, Cincinnati (MVP)
17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.3 apg
There's a reason Bob Huggins elected not to start Bobbitt this past season, despite him being one of Cincinnati's top players. In short, he can shoot you into a game or shoot you out. In Portsmouth, Bobbitt shot the ball extremely well and displayed more of an all-around game on his way to being named the tournament's MVP. He still appears stuck between guard positions –- small for the two, with no interest in being a point guard –- but he's fairly athletic and can shoot it from deep.
Desmon Farmer, USC
16.3 ppg, 4.7 apg, 49 FG%
No player in camp brought more energy than Farmer and it rubbed off on his teammates. Through the first two games, he appeared a cinch to win MVP honors before a nasty spill in the championship game forced him to sit. Still, Farmer impressed with his toughness, scoring ability and willingness to involve his teammates. His energy uplifted the entire tournament and it's not a stretch to think NBA teams would like to see if he can duplicate this performance at the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp.
Dylan Page, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
16.0 ppg, 49 FG%
The Horizon League Player of the Year was somewhat of an unknown coming into Portsmouth, but planted himself on the radar with a solid performance. He's not a rebounder at his size (6-8), but has the ability to make shots off the pick-and-roll. In the championship game, Page hit five three-pointers (all from the same spot at the top of the key) and scored 23 points. He ran the floor, made the extra pass and was usually in the right spots on the floor. Has a future in basketball at some level.
Erik Daniels, Kentucky
16.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 apg
Four years at Kentucky served him well. Daniels doesn't jump out at you, but always seems to make the correct play. The ultimate glue-guy. He began the tournament with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance and closed with 16 points in the championship game. A player who definitely helped himself in Portsmouth.
Antonio Burks, Memphis
11.7 ppg, 4.7 apg, 60 FG%
His stats don't jump off the page, but he could probably run off the page. Burks' end-to-end speed was a hot topic among GM's and scouts throughout the week. And he played in control and made good decisions. Had 16 points and 10 assists in the championship game. Off this performance, it's hard to see Burks not getting picked somewhere in the second round. Should be at the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp.
Michel Morandais, Colorado
20.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 62 FG%
Marty Blake said when he arrived on Tuesday he could be the best player in camp. If not, he was pretty darn close. Morandais led the tournament in scoring and displayed an all-around game that will be hard to ignore on draft night. He's athletic, has good instincts, can defend and plays with energy. Morandais is also mature, having turned 25 in January. Showed few weaknesses in Portsmouth.
Bryant Matthews, Virginia Tech
18.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 48 FG%
This 6-7 jumping jack increased his profile with a strong performance. One scout for the Houston Rockets called him the player with the greatest upside in the tournament. Though he needs work on his jumpshot and has to put on some weight, Matthews has the athletic ability to play in the NBA. And the great part is, he's a terrific kid who shows he wants to improve. Should play in Chicago based on this performance.
Cory Violette, Gonzaga
11.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg
This 6-8 bruiser reminds scouts of Mark Madsen, though not quite as tall or mean. Had a slow start this week, but picked it up over his last two games, capping his tourney with a 23-point, 10-rebound performance. Shows decent range on his jumper. Worth a look for a team in need of someone to bang.
Andre Brown, DePaul
18.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 60 FG%
If he could have finished more plays around the basket, Brown would have led the tournament in scoring. A player you have to take notice of based solely on his athletic ability. Likes to mix it up inside. Needs a lot more polish on the offensive end and has to improve his free throw shooting. Built more like a three, but would have trouble playing small forward in the NBA.
Ricky Minard, Morehead State
17.3 ppg, 59 FG%
Minard has been on the radar for some time, having put his name last year's draft before pulling out before the deadline. The book on Minard is that for such an athletic player, he has a tendency to settle for a somewhat streaky outside shot. In this tournament, Minard attacked the rim and was able to finish after contact. Though he needs to show more consistency with his outside game, Minard is the type of athlete that usually finds a place in the NBA these days.
PIT ALL-CONSOLATION TEAM
Jackson Vroman, Iowa State
19.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 66 FG%
The best big man in the tournament, Vroman all but punched his ticket to the next round of evaluations in Chicago. At 6-10, he can run the floor, block shots and plays the game with a high motor, which always pleases NBA people. He showed some craftiness around the basket, but could use some polish on the offensive end. Terrific end-to-end speed for a player his size. An intriguing prospect, based on his performance here.
Gerald Fitch, Kentucky
15.0 ppg, 6.0 apg
A 6-for-20 shooting performance in his first game eventually gave way to a pretty solid all-around tourney for Fitch. Like Erik Daniels, Fitch has been well coached at Kentucky and likes to compete. He's a little stuck between guard positions, but does enough things well to warrant NBA consideration.
David Hawkins, Temple
13.3 ppg, 3.7 apg
Leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 is a power guard at 6-3, 230. When he takes it to the basket, it's for real. Needs work on his jumper, but Hawkins has decent ball-handling skills and a quick first step for a player his size. Would have to play some point in the NBA.
Luke Whitehead, Louisville
15.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg
High-energy player. Whitehead is the type of player most teams would like to have. Really competes. A noticeable hitch in his jumpshot keeps him from being a better shooter, which could be the difference in him making an NBA team.
Anthony Myles, Xavier
9.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 55 FG%
Soft-spoken guy who needs to get a little meaner. Has decent post-up skills and an NBA-type body. Didn't get enough touches throughout the week.
Nate Williams, Georgia State
19.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 61 FG%
One of the big surprises of the tournament, Williams opened play a 24-point performance and had people buzzing. His numbers tailed off as the week unfolded, but Williams showed good agility for a big man and the ability to score. Has been an enigma at Georgia State, but showed he might be turning the corner.