2014 Portsmouth Invitational: Mid-Major Stars Raise Stock

Adam Hunger

The 2014 Portsmouth Invitational is over but plenty of mid-major players had good weeks and will be taking home some hardware for their efforts.

The Portsmouth Invitational is over and once again some mid-major stars may have bolstered their stock a bit with their performances in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Six mid-major players were named to the all-tournament team and have likely enticed some pro prospects.

Travis Bader, Oakland: If the Golden Grizzlies' sharpshooter has NBA hopes then it has to be as a three point specialist like former Creighton standout Kyle Korver. Bader averaged 19.7 points per game in three outing in Portsmouth and was 11-for-23 beyond the arc. He certainly played well but you have to wonder if scouts were expecting a more impressive showing from downtown? (But 47% certainly isn't bad)

Javon McCrea, Buffalo: Buffalo Bulls' star Javon McCrea showed his 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in the MAC were not a fluke by averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting 50% from the field in Portsmouth. McCrea also averaged 6.7 boards per game and added 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals in three contests.

Ronald Roberts Jr., St. Joseph's: I don't know if you saw this on SportsCenter but K&D Landscaping and Norfolk Sports Club made a high profile swap for Ronald Roberts Jr. this weekend. Roberts was just 1-for-5 from the field with 2 points and 8 rebounds for K&D but exploded with NSC averaging 19 points and 10.5 rebounds. He certainly earned some looks with his versatile play.

Jake Odum, Indiana State: Odum didn't dazzle with his scoring with 11 points per game but he did shoot over 50% from the field and and averaged 7 assists per outing along with 3 rebounds. The Indiana State star also threw in 7 steals and 2 blocks.

Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan: Another MAC star made a push a tournament MVP and it was Western Michigan's Shayne Whittington. The former Bronco finished the tournament averaging 20.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 54% from the field and 46% from downtown. Whttington may have raised his stock the most at the PIT.

Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee State: The former Blue Raider flexed some muscle in the paint finishing the tournament averaging 12.7, 11.7 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks per game. While a lot of big men really didn't live up to the hype in Portsmouth, the 6'8 Jones flourished.

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