Archive for April 18, 2017

SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness ranked the players from mid-major schools in the NBA playoffs, and George Hill, Gordon Hayward and Damian Lillard made the list.

Speaking about Hill, who came in at No. 9 in the rankings, Chris Schutte wrote, “In a more prominent role on his new team, Hill has flourished. He’s averaged a career-high 17.0 points per game, and helped lead the Jazz to their first playoff appearance in five years.”

Hayward was next up among the Jazz players, coming in at No. 5.

After talking about Hayward’s run at Butler, Torrance Jones turned his attention to how the Jazz star has been playing lately, saying, “Hayward has consistently improved his game every year in the NBA, leading the restoration of the Utah Jazz, and is the focal point for a current playoff contender.”

Lillard landed two spots higher, at No. 3, just behind Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard.

Talking about Lillard’s strong regular season, Cal Barash-David wrote, “Hot off a 59-point performance, Big Game Dame is averaging 27 points, five assists, and six rebounds for the Blazers this year. At 26, Lillard has already been immortalized in Portland lore with this buzzer-beater to send the Trailblazers to the second round over the Rockets in 2014.”

Karl Malone a top 2 all-time power forward

Shad Dorville of Fadeaway World ranked the top 5 power forwards in NBA history and Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone came in at No. 2 on the list.

Talking about Malone, Dorville wrote, “He was called the ‘Mailman’ for a reason, he delivered great on court performances.”

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The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is a big spot for under-the-radar seniors to have a chance to show off what they can do in hopes of getting a NBA Draft Combine invitation, or just to make a name for themselves in the eyes of NBA and international scouts.

While no one from the BYU or Utah took part in this year’s version of the tournament, a pair of local college stars in Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin and Utah State’s Jalen Moore had a chance to show of their skills as two of just 64 players invited to participate.

And show off is exactly what Senglin did as he suited up for the K&D Rounds Landscaping. Playing next Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig and Arizona’s Kadeem Allen, Senglin finished second on the team and ninth in the tournament in scoring as he averaged 16.7 points a night over three games. He added 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes.

His remarkable outside stroke was also on display as Weber State’s all-time leading scorer connected on 47.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc and was just one of four players to hit at least 10 threes.

His best performance came in a 96-83 win over Mike Duman Auto Sales when he finished second on the team with 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 4 for 7 from distance. He also showing off his all-around game in the 13-point win as he collected four rebounds, handed out a team-best four assists and recorded a game-high three steals in 27 minutes off the bench.

Moore’s game was a little more understated, but he still had a solid week playing for Roger Brown’s Restaurant who won their first two games before falling to Portsmouth Partnership in the championship, 108-86.  Moore averaged 7.0 points on 40 percent shooting from the floor, including 30 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 25 minutes a night.

Now it’s a waiting game for Senglin and Moore who will look for a combine invitation as well as workout opportunities with NBA teams before the upcoming draft.