No Colonials At Portsmouth
Created: 4/15/2014 10:19:44 AMReplies: 16
4/15/2014 10:19:44 AM - The MV - 4,227 posts (#4)
I was disappointed to see that neither Zeke nor Creek will be participating in this week's Portsmouth Invitational. This is a multi-day event which brings together 64 senior or draft-eligible players who typically aren't headed for the lottery but are aspiring to be late first round or more realistically, second round draft picks. From the A10, Galloway and Roberts from St. Joe's, Reddic from VCU, Jett from SLU and Chaz from UMASS will all be there.
In the case of Maurice, I guess I understand this given his health. However, I'm baffled by why Isaiah either didn't receive an invitation or opted not to attend. Any insiders have any info on this?
4/15/2014 10:28:09 AM - herve - 8,235 posts (#1)
I'd heard in the past you can "opt-out" of this event simply by making it known through channels you do not want an invite. Players and agents may think they have a better chance of getting with a team by going another route and/or already have an "in" with a team so anything like this might simply jeopardize their chances if things do not go well in a tournament where there are a bunch of ball-hogs all trying to impress too much--certainly not the type of environment a player like Zeek would thrive in.
Also, I recall plenty of GW players being invited over the years and NONE of them made the NBA at all.
4/15/2014 2:28:29 PM - The MV - 4,227 posts (#4)
Herve, so Reddic and Roberts and plenty of other bigs are making their way to Portsmouth but somehow, Zeke is far enough ahead of these guys that he doesn't need to help prove himself? I'll buy into the notion that maybe Zeke has an agent or an advisor or that there is some plan in place which suggests that he has an "in" somewhere (though there is no evidence of this). However, Zeke would have ample opportunity to rebound and defend against potential NBA players and this wouldn't have been a bad thing. (And, while he wouldn't be shooting 20 times a game, I'm sure he'd have some opportunity to display his offensive game.) The argument that he could have lowered his stock is countered with the one that says he could have raised his stock. As for GW players attending Portsmouth but not making the NBA, I can't imagine that the reason for this is because they played at Portsmouth. If it were, there wouldn't be a Portsmouth.
4/15/2014 2:36:16 PM - herve - 8,235 posts (#1)
Good thing you're not reading between the lines.
4/15/2014 2:38:18 PM - Bo Knows - 280 posts (#74)
4/15/2014 6:00:24 PM - cagwu - 605 posts (#38)
4/15/2014 6:18:24 PM - Bo Knows - 280 posts (#74)
Yup confirmed. Congrats to Zeke.
4/15/2014 7:23:49 PM - CT Colonial - 131 posts (#127)
Some of the seniors who elect not to go to Portsmouth are getting some really questionable advice.
4/15/2014 7:49:35 PM - LuvDaGame - 181 posts (#103)
Is this event open to the public?
4/15/2014 9:59:57 PM - CPots - 294 posts (#70)
4/15/2014 11:48:40 PM - Bigfan - 2,422 posts (#10)
May have to change the title of the thread to: "A Colonial At Portsmouth."
Great for Zeke. His transfer really made a difference. Anyone else considering transferring to GW should look at his and Mo Creek's example.
4/16/2014 12:26:39 AM - thinker - 2,504 posts (#9)
I think that Armwood will be able to get a big contract in Europe - He could have a long career there like Pops and Mike Hall.
4/16/2014 9:34:57 AM - The MV - 4,227 posts (#4)
Even I don't have a big enough ego to take responsibility for this. This was a very late acceptance as virtually all roster spots were set at the time I wrote my post. Great to see Isaiah competing and amidst all of the ball hogs, I suspect that he is going to stand out to a certain extent.
4/16/2014 1:28:59 PM - Monument - 535 posts (#42)
If he will focus on being a rebounding specialist, I think he could have a shot at sticking with an NBA squad. If he wants to score points, he will have to play in Europe.
4/16/2014 3:14:56 PM - Bigfan - 2,422 posts (#10)
The interesting thing about Zeke is that he does have that little elbow shot sometimes as a big man. And the occasional 3 pointer in big games, which may be a little too occasional to rely on.
But of course his rebounding and astonishing reach will help his pro career wherever he plays.
4/16/2014 7:28:59 PM - BC - 992 posts (#28)
4/16/2014 8:29:23 PM - 126.96.36.199
watch it here: http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/college/2014/04/portsmouth-invitational-tournament-live-stream/
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