April 17, 2012
Former University of Alabama men’s basketball standout JaMychal Green impressed professional scouts and fans in attendance at last weekend’s Portsmouth Invitational with three outstanding performances to lead his Portsmouth Partnership squad to a third-place finish.
The Invitational, in its 60th year, serves as a showcase for the nation’s top seniors with scouts from every NBA team and various professional leagues in attendance.
The 6-8 forward averaged 19.3 points in his team’s three games, the second most of any player in the tournament, and hauled in 9.7 rebounds per game, the fifth most over the three-days of the event to earn consideration for PIT MVP honors.
According to NBA.com’s Rob Reheuser’s analysis of the tournament, Green, “Was relentless in the post throughout, scoring on dunks and put-backs, but also stepped away from basket and knocked down 17-footers with regularity, and looked good doing so.”
Reheuser added, “If you go off recent history, there aren't many players with his size and ability that haven't been given a long, hard look from the NBA. In fact, most guys like Green get drafted, and he certainly has a good chance to hear his named called on Draft night, especially after this performance.”
In his team’s opening game, Green scored 29 points of 14-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds in an 85-79 win. The following evening, he added 18 points and nine boards while going 10-of-10 from the line in a 93-73 loss to the eventual tournament champions. In the PIT’s third-place game he tacked on another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.