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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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It was a year of ups and downs for the players in the NBA and D-League who played their high school or college ball in Utah. There were big minutes and amazing performances for some, while others suffered through injuries, inconsistent minutes or minimal chances to shine.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League during the last few weeks of the regular season.

Note: Dakarai Tucker is listed on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but has not played in a game.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

While he didn’t always play regular minutes, Foster was a valuable piece of the D-Fenders as a second unit rim protector. His best recent showing came in a 127-117 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors when he totaled six points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor. He added six rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 11 minutes.

In 30 games, he averaged 2.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has been a regular rotation player for the Raptors since he returned from shoulder surgery and has had some nice results. His most productive recent outing came in a 111-100 win over the Indiana Pacers when he recorded 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor and 2 for 4 from the foul line. He added six assists and a pair of rebounds in 20:50.

In 27 games with the Raptors, he averaged 5.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting with 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.5 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.

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It has been an eventful season for those who have transferred from Utah schools to play their college basketball elsewhere. There has been some huge recent scoring production from former BYU guards Frank Bartley IV and Jordan Chatman while Isaac Neilson has shown off his shot-blocking ability.

Ex-Ute Chris Reyes has made a big splash at Pepperdine while former Aggies David Collette and Lew Evans have found significant roles playing in the Pac-12 and SEC.

Here is a look at the local players who transferred to other Division 1 schools and how they have performed so far this season.

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Isaac Neilson, UVU

While his offensive production has taken a dip recently, Neilson has still been a huge asset to the Wolverines thanks to his rebounding and shot blocking.

His best showing lately came in a 74-69 loss to New Mexico State when he totaled 14 points on 7 for 9 shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds and two blocks.

On the season, he is averaging 11.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting with 9.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.0 assists in 22 games.

Frank Bartley IV, Louisiana-Lafayette

Bartley has had some really big games recently even though the Ragin’ Cajuns have struggled to win games. His best outing came in an 85-82 loss to Georgia State when he totaled 31 points on 10 for 18 shooting from the floor, including 7 for 15 from beyond the arc. He added six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.

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