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.