The rosters for the 2009 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (official site
) were released today, and it appears that were looking at the strongest group of NCAA assembled in quite some time. Nine players currently projected to be drafted on our latest mock draft have committed to attend the tournament (scheduled next week from the 8th-11th), while were counting between 15-20 seniors who are strong draft candidates on the rosters as well. There are a couple of headliners as well, including Sam Young
. Lee Cummard
and A.J. Price
, three clear-cut candidates to be the first Portsmouth players drafted since Jason Maxiell
Its no surprise that the PIT committee managed to bring together such a talented group of seniorsthis currently stands as the one and only place for NBA draft prospects to compete in a five on five setting now that the pre-draft camp has been dramatically scaled back. The tournament is expected to draw as much attention as ever from NBA personnel this time around, for two reasons. One, due to the strength of the senior crop, and two, because of the makeup of this years Nike Hoop Summit crop, which doesnt elicit the same sense as urgency as it did in the past.
The rosters are as follow, and youll find an additional analysis posted below of the players we consider to be the studs, sleepers, snubs, dummies and those with the most to gain from a strong showing. Rosters: CHERRY, BEKAERT & HOLLANDFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht Chris Johnson
LSU C 6' 11" Korvotney Barber
Auburn PF 6' 7"
Josh Bostic Findlay SF 6' 5" Jon Brockman
Washington PF 6 7Wesley Matthews
Marquette SG/SF 6' 5" Lorrenzo Wade
San Diego State SF/PF 6' 6"
Levance Fields Pittsburgh PG 5' 10" Ben Woodside
North Dakota State PG 5' 11" Coaches : Dennis Koutoufas & Ben MooreK&D ROUNDS LANDSCAPINGFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht Aron Baynes
Washington State C 6' 10" Robert Dozier
Memphis PF 6' 9" Courtney Fells
NC State SG/SF 6' 6" Stefon Jackson
Texas-El Paso SG 6' 5" Kevin Rogers
Baylor PF 6' 9"
Jimmy Baron Rhode Island SG 6' 3" Byron Eaton
Oklahoma State PG 5' 11" Ron Steele
Alabama PG 6' 1" Coaches : Jim Markey & Larry SmithNORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARDFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht Alade Aminu
Georgia Tech PF/C 6' 10" Bamba Fall
SMU C 7' 1"
Lawrence Kinnard UAB PF 6' 8"
Marcus Landry Wisconsin PF 6' 7"
B.J. Raymond Xavier SF 6' 6"
David Holston Chicago State PG/SG 5' 8" A.J. Price
UCONN PG 6' 2" Ryan Toolson
Utah Valley SG 6' 4" Coaches : Billy Mann & John KellyNORFOLK SPORTS CLUBFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht Jeff Adrien
UCONN PF 6' 7" Connor Atchley
Texas PF 6' 10" Lee Cummard
Brigham Young SF 6' 7" Lawrence Hill
Stanford SF/PF 6' 8" Ahmad Nivins
St. Joseph PF/C 6' 9" Wink Adams
UNLV PG 6' 0" Curtis Jerrells
Baylor PG 6' 1" Jermaine Taylor
Central Florida SG 6' 4" Coaches : Mike Head & Mark Butts PORTSMOUTH PARTNERSHIPFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht John Bryant
Santa Clara C 6' 10" DeMarre Carroll
Missouri PF 6' 8" Geoff McDermott
Providence PF 6' 8"
Josh Akognon Cal State Fullerton SG 5' 11" Alonzo Gee
Alabama SF 6' 6" Aaron Jackson
Duquesne PG 6' 4" Robert Vaden
UAB SG 6' 5" A.D. Vassallo
Virginia Tech SF 6' 6" Coaches : Dave Trickler & Eric AcraPORTSMOUTH SPORTS CLUBFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht Goran Suton
Michigan State C 6' 10" Antonio Anderson
Memphis SG/SF 6' 6" Weyinmi Efejuku
Providence SG 6' 5"
Taylor Griffin Oklahoma PF 6' 7" Leo Lyons
Missouri PF 6' 9" Sam Young
Pittsburgh SF 6' 6" A.J. Abrams
Texas SG 5' 11" Tyrese Rice
Boston College PG 6' 1" Coaches : Tony Holloway & P.J. HonoreSALES SYSTEMS LTDFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht
Scott VanderMeer Illinois-Chicago C 7' 0" Michael Bramos
Miami (Ohio) SF 6' 5" Josh Carter
Texas A&M SF 6' 7" Jeff Pendergraph
Arizona State PF/C 6' 9" K.C. Rivers
Clemson SG/SF 6' 6" Diamon Simpson
St. Mary PF 6 7
Paul Delaney III UAB PG 6' 2" Kyle McAlarney
Notre Dame PG 6' 0" Coaches : Leo Anthony & Mac CarrollTIDEWATER SEALANTSFirst Name Last Name College Pos Ht
Garret Siler Augusta State C 7' 0" Alfred Aboya
UCLA PF 6' 9" Micah Downs
Gonzaga SF 6' 8" Gary Wilkinson
Utah State PF/C 6' 9" Lewis Clinch
Georgia Tech SG 6' 3" Brandon Ewing
Wyoming PG 6' 2" Dominic James
Marquette PG 5' 11" Alex Ruoff
West Virginia SG 6' 6" Coaches : Max Gillespie & Jerry HastyRoster Analysis:Studs Players currently projected to be drafted on our latest boardSam YoungA.J. PriceLee CummardAhmad NivinsTyrese RiceJeff PendergraphK.C. RiversDominic JamesWesley MatthewsSleepersPlayers from smaller conferences who may not been seen scouted as much as others by GMs or other high-level decision makersJermaine TaylorBen WoodsideAaron JacksonStefon JacksonRyan ToolsonMichael Bramos
Josh Bostic (Division II Player of the Year)
Garrett Siler (Division II First-team All-America)Gary WilkinsonMost to GainPlayers who are, in our eyes, serious candidates to be drafted this June, or make a NBA roster through training camp, and have plenty to gain next weekJermaine TaylorDeMarre CarrollBen WoodsideAaron JacksonCurtis Jerrells Goran SutonKevin RogersRobert DozierJeff AdrienAntonio AndersonJon BrockmanMicah DownsChris JohnsonRobert VadenLeo LyonsRon SteeleAlade AminuDiamon SimpsonJosh CarterSnubsPlayers we feel should have been invited to the PITGarrett TempleTony GaffneyKyle SpainDummies?Players who are by no means locks to get drafted, but regardless declined their invitesJosh ShippToney DouglasDionte ChristmasJeremy PargoLester HudsonJack McClintonLuke Nevill