Thursday, April 07, 2005
TUSCALOOSA – Earnest Shelton’s stay at the Portsmouth Invitational, the pre-NBA draft camp showcase of college talent, was a short one. The 2005 University of Alabama senior All-Southeastern Conference guard injured his shooting arm during Wednesday night’s opening round game and sat out his team’s second game on Thursday afternoon because of the injury. His team, Sales Systems Ltd lost in overtime 109-102 on Wednesday night, and on Thursday afternoon it was eliminated after falling 90-84 to MD Designs.
Cincinnati’s Jason Maxiell and Oklahoma State’s Ivan McFarlin led the win with 20 points apiece, McFarlin on 8 of 19 shooting from the field and 4 of 5 free throws. Maxiell was 7 of 14 from the field and 6 of 6 at the free throw line. Niagra’s Juan Mendez led the losing effort with 22 points while Virginia’s Devin Smith had 21 points. South Carolina’s Carlos Powell had the game’s only double double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for Sales Systems Ltd.
Shelton, who graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in management in December 2004 and has been taking classes this spring to work toward a second degree, told a member of the University of Alabama’s media relations office by phone after the game on Thursday afternoon that the injury was not serious and, that had the injury not been to his shooting arm (right arm), he would have probably gone on and played on Thursday but did not want to risk further injury. He expects to be fully recovered in a few days.