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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.

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The season of ups and downs has continued for the NBA and D-League players with local ties. While Damian Lillard and Jakob Poeltl have performed well lately, others have seen their minutes diminish. We have also seen two others return to the floor, as Kyle Collinsworth came back from injury and Ronnie Price joined the Suns while Andrew Bogut saw his season come to an end with a broken leg.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Foster has been a remarkably consistent rim protector for the D-Fenders’ second unit. His best recent showing came in a 101-97 win over the Iowa Energy when he finished with nine points on a perfect 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and 1 for 1 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes.

In 28 games, he is averaging 2.6 points on 50 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 11.1 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has become a valued piece off the Raptors’ bench since returning to the lineup. His best game of late came in 104-89 loss to the Miami Heat when he totaled 13 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor and 3 for 3 from the foul line. He added three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 25:11.

In 15 games with the Raptors, he is averaging 5.9 points on 40.6 percent shooting with 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 16.8 minutes.

In five games in the D-League, he averaged 12.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah, Toronto Raptors

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This year’s NCAA Tournament is loaded with top-shelf NBA talent, players with transcendent skill sets that will make them top picks in the upcoming NBA draft — should they declare. There are gifted scorers, elite shooters and masterful passers. There are also sweet-shooting big men and double-double machines that control the paint and protect the rim.

The first weekend of the Big Dance gives fans the opportunity to see future NBA stars firsthand to see if their games match the hype.

Here is a look at the top prospects playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Note: Projected top 10 picks Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith and Robert Williams didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.

Lonzo Ball, freshman, guard, UCLA

While his dad gets much of the attention in the family for the things he says, Ball is the real deal. He is an excellent distributor with fantastic court vision who has been the perfect fit for the Bruins’ offense. He is also an efficient scorer who shoots it well from all over the floor, even though his shot is funky looking.

On the season, he led the NCAA with 7.7 assists a night while averaging 14.6 points on 54.4 percent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 34.9 minutes.

Jayson Tatum, freshman, forward, Duke

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