The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is back, baby!
64 of the top senior prospects in college basketball will have the chance to showcase how their games translate to the professional level in front of onlooking NBA, G League, and international front office scouts/decision-makers.
PIT, at its core, has always been an event for NCAA seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and are definitively commencing their professional careers. That becomes a bit murkier upon the event’s return this year. The NCAA’s decision to grant an additional season of eligibility has resulted in trickle down pre-draft nuances. Last year, many “seniors” had to declare for the draft and submit early entrant paperwork, where in the past they would have been inherently auto-eligible.
Unsurprisingly, we saw more than a handful of paperwork mishaps and unfulfilled draft declarations. This season, we see glaring inconsistencies in how NCAA teams have gone about listing a player’s class on their roster. Some simply froze and repeated a player’s class designation. Some slapped a “redshirt” tag on for good measure. Others just kept plugging along as usual. Put simply, extending eligibility was the right move but it’s caused a bit of logistical chaos.
So how does this impact this year’s PIT? How do we define a senior? Who all is under consideration to be invited by the PIT Player Selection Committee?
After doing a bit of digging, it seems that the PIT, NCAA, and NBA are in the midst of finalizing negotiations on the logistical minutiae on these matters… but all indications point toward both traditional seniors with remaining NCAA eligibility and auto-eligible COVID super seniors being considered for invitation.
Note: Traditional seniors must forgo their remaining eligibility in order to participate in the 2022 PIT.
Three weeks ahead of the event, I linked up with Mr. PIT himself, Sam Meyerkopf, to mock out a field of 64 invitees. While this isn’t our first rodeo with this exercise, it proved to be quite difficult to pin down the last few slots. Perhaps Portsmouth needs its own version of the NCAA First Four? A one-on-one battle royale between super fringe senior prospects? Sign me up for that!
After much contemplation, here is the field we landed on (with regular updates logged below as we obtain new intel… updated to reflect finalized rosters announced on April 11th):
|Prospect||Draft Age||Pre-Draft Team||Position||Height||Weight||PIT Team||Agency|
|Alex Barcello||23.8||BYU||Lead Guard||6'1 1/2"||186||Mike Duman Auto||Tandem + You First|
|Fatts Russell||24.1||Maryland||Lead Guard||5'10 1/4"||154||Roger Brown's||Octagon|
|Charlie Moore||24.4||Miami||Lead Guard||6'0 3/4"||181||K&D Round's||Excel|
|DeVante' Jones||24.2||Michigan||Lead Guard||6'0 3/4"||192||Portsmouth Partnership||Rize|
|Alonzo Verge Jr.||23.7||Nebraska||Lead Guard||6'2 1/2"||162||Sales System Limited||EZ|
|Ty Gordon||23.7||Nicholls||Lead Guard||6'0 3/4"||200||Portsmouth Sports Club||Beyond|
|Trevor Hudgins||23.3||NW Missouri State||Lead Guard||6'0"||186||Norfolk Sports Club||GSL|
|Jacob Gilyard||23.9||Richmond||Lead Guard||5'9"||156||Portsmouth Partnership||Glass|
|Jamaree Bouyea||23.0||San Francisco||Lead Guard||6'1 1/4"||168||Mike Duman Auto||Glushon|
|Tommy Kuhse||24.5||St. Mary's||Lead Guard||6'2 1/4"||184||Roger Brown's||Rize|
|R.J. Cole||22.8||UConn||Lead Guard||5'11 3/4"||185||Jani-King Clean||RZA|
|Terrell Brown Jr.||24.2||Washington||Lead Guard||6'2 1/4"||179||K&D Round's||Rep1|
|Michael Flowers||23.4||Washington State||Lead Guard||6'1 1/2"||188||Sales System Limited||20Twenty|
|JD Notae||23.7||Arkansas||Combo Guard||6'1 3/4"||183||K&D Round's||EZ|
|Javante McCoy||24.4||Boston University||Combo Guard||6'5 1/4"||173||Portsmouth Partnership||20Twenty|
|Michael DeVoe||22.5||Georgia Tech||Combo Guard||6'4 3/4"||183||Sales System Limited||Excel|
|Trent Frazier||23.8||Illinois||Combo Guard||6'2 1/4"||173||Portsmouth Sports Club||Triple Double|
|Tyson Jolly||24.9||Iona||Combo Guard||6'4 1/4"||201||Portsmouth Partnership||540|
|Courtney Ramey||22.7||Texas||Combo Guard||6'3"||181||Norfolk Sports Club||Green|
|Koby McEwen||24.9||Weber State||Combo Guard||6'3 1/2"||191||Jani-King Clean||Beyond|
|Taz Sherman||23.9||West Virginia||Combo Guard||6'4"||175||Portsmouth Sports Club||Verus|
|Stanley Umude||23.2||Arkansas||Wing||6'6 1/4"||204||Mike Duman Auto||Par-Lay|
|Jeenathan Williams Jr.||23.4||Buffalo||Wing||6'6"||207||Mike Duman Auto||ProMondo|
|Alex O'Connell||23.1||Creighton||Wing||6'5 3/4"||182||Portsmouth Sports Club||LIFT|
|D'Shawn Schwartz||23.4||George Mason||Wing||6'6 1/2"||231||Portsmouth Sports Club||Siegel|
|Lucas Williamson||23.4||Loyola (IL)||Wing||6'4 1/4"||202||Norfolk Sports Club||Edge|
|Darryl Morsell||23.3||Marquette||Wing||6'5"||210||K&D Round's||UNLTD|
|Payton Willis||24.4||Minnesota||Wing||6'4 1/4"||188||Jani-King Clean||Edge|
|Jericole Hellems||22.7||NC State||Wing||6'5 3/4"||204||Roger Brown's||Green|
|Jared Rhoden||22.8||Seton Hall||Wing||6'5 1/4"||206||Norfolk Sports Club||NEXT|
|Quenton Jackson||23.8||Texas A&M||Wing||6'4 1/4"||170||Jani-King Clean||Young Money|
|Bryce Hamilton||21.6||UNLV||Wing||6'4 1/4"||201||Roger Brown's||Octagon|
|Alex Morales||24.6||Wagner||Wing||6'7 1/4"||187||Mike Duman Auto||Sports DNA|
|Ryan Turell||22.4||Yeshiva||Wing||6'6"||187||Sales System Limited||Excel|
|Abu Kigab||23.6||Boise State||Forward||6'6 3/4"||220||K&D Round's||Green|
|Silvio De Sousa||23.7||Chattanooga||Forward||6'8 1/4"||235||Roger Brown's||Edge|
|Ryan Hawkins||25.1||Creighton||Forward||6'7"||222||Norfolk Sports Club||Potter|
|Anthony Duruji||23.9||Florida||Forward||6'7"||205||Portsmouth Partnership||ProMondo|
|Jordan Usher||24.1||Georgia Tech||Forward||6'6 1/2"||214||Norfolk Sports Club||Octagon|
|Fabian White Jr.||23.6||Houston||Forward||6'8"||231||Mike Duman Auto||Saga|
|Ty Flowers||24.4||LIU||Forward||6'9"||204||K&D Round's||Lafayette|
|Darius Days||22.7||LSU||Forward||6'6 3/4"||238||Portsmouth Sports Club||EZ|
|Gaige Prim||23.2||Missouri State||Forward||6'8 1/2"||238||Sales System Limited||One Legacy|
|Jamal Cain||23.3||Oakland||Forward||6'7 1/2"||192||Jani-King Clean||One Legacy|
|Savion Flagg||23.2||Sam Houston||Forward||6'6 1/2"||230||Portsmouth Partnership||Green|
|Cole Swider||23.1||Syracuse||Forward||6'9"||218||Sales System Limited||WME|
|Jimmy Boeheim III||24.1||Syracuse||Forward||6'9"||221||Jani-King Clean||Roc Nation|
|Jeriah Horne||24.2||Tulsa||Forward||6'6 1/4"||218||Roger Brown's||Hazan|
|Tyrese Martin||23.3||UConn||Forward||6'6 1/4"||210||Roger Brown's||UNLTD|
|Brandon Horvath||24.2||Utah State||Forward||6'10 1/2"||200||K&D Round's||Slan|
|Justin Bean||25.6||Utah State||Forward||6'7 1/2"||198||Sales System Limited||Priority|
|Nick Muszynski||23.6||Belmont||Big||6'10 3/4"||241||Mike Duman Auto||NEXT|
|Josh Carlton||23.3||Houston||Big||6'10 1/4"||239||Sales System Limited||TSEG|
|Malik Williams||23.8||Louisville||Big||6'11"||252||Portsmouth Sports Club|
|Garrison Brooks||23.0||Mississippi State||Big||6'9 1/2"||231||K&D Round's||WME|
|Rocky Kreuser||23.3||North Dakota State||Big||6'9 3/4"||236||Portsmouth Partnership||Slan|
|Paul Atkinson Jr.||23.4||Notre Dame||Big||6'9"||227||Jani-King Clean||Edge|
|Nysier Brooks||25.5||Ole Miss||Big||6'11 3/4"||252||Norfolk Sports Club||Green|
|Nate Watson||23.7||Providence||Big||6'10"||262||Jani-King Clean|
|Grant Golden||24.4||Richmond||Big||6'10 3/4"||247||Roger Brown's||SIG|
|John Fulkerson||25.1||Tennessee||Big||6'8 1/4"||208||Portsmouth Sports Club||ADS|
|Isaiah Whaley||24.2||UConn||Big||6'8 1/4"||213||Mike Duman Auto||Par-Lay|
|Keve Aluma||23.5||Virginia Tech||Big||6'8 1/4"||235||Norfolk Sports Club||Pensack|
|Dallas Walton||24.7||Wake Forest||Big||7'0"||222||Portsmouth Partnership||GIG|
Projected Declined Invitations
Ochai Agbaji Andrew Nembhard KJ Williams Kam McGusty Kendric Davis
Alondes Williams Ron Harper Jr. Javon Freeman-Liberty Hunter Maldonado Tevin Brown
Keon Ellis Pete Nance Drew Peterson David McCormack Vince Williams Jr.
Trevion Williams Gabe Brown Kellan Grady Will Richardson Taevion Kinsey
Matthew Mayer Collin Gillespie Buddy Boeheim Darius McGhee Osun Osunniyi
Izaiah Brockington Marcus Bingham Jr. Antoine Davis Brady Manek James Akinjo
DeAndre Williams Jermaine Samuels
Colin Castleton Matt Bradley
3/24/2022 6:45 p.m. EST: Moved Drew Peterson (USC) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Garrison Brooks (Mississippi State) to Mock, per updated intel.
3/25/2022 12:15 p.m. EST: Moved Javon Freeman-Liberty (DePaul) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added D’Shawn Schwartz (George Mason) to Mock, per updated intel.
3/28/2022 12:30 p.m. EST: Removed Peter Kiss (Bryant) from Mock and added Paul Atkinson Jr. (Notre Dame) to Mock, per updated intel.
3/31/2022 12:30 a.m. EST: Moved KJ Williams (Murray State) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Nate Watson (Providence) to Mock, per updated intel.
3/31/2022 8:45 p.m. EST: Removed Kyler Edwards (Houston) from Mock and added Terrell Brown Jr. (Washington) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/2/2022 3:30 p.m. EST: Moved Kam McGusty (Miami) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Grant Golden (Richmond) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/3/2022 1:15 p.m. EST: Removed Xavier Johnson (Indiana) from Mock and added Alex O’Connell (Creighton) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/3/2022 11:45 p.m. EST: Removed Paul Scruggs (Xavier) from Mock and added Alex Morales (Wagner) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/6/2022 8:30 a.m. EST: Moved Colin Castleton (Florida) from Mock to Returners and added Javante McCoy (Boston University) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/6/2022 1:45 p.m. EST: Moved Hunter Maldonado (Wyoming) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Nick Muszynski (Belmont) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/6/2022 10:30 p.m. EST: Moved Osun Osunniyi (St. Bonaventure) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Jimmy Boeheim III (Syracuse) to Mock, per updated intel + PIT release.
4/6/2022 10:40 p.m. EST: Removed JT Shumate (Toledo) from Mock and added John Fulkerson (Tennessee) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/6/2022 10:45 p.m. EST: Removed Nate Laszewski (Notre Dame) from Mock and added Malik Williams (Louisville) to Mock, per updated intel + PIT release.
4/6/2022 10:55 p.m. EST: Removed Jelly Walker (UAB) from Mock and added Ty Gordon (Nicholls) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/6/2022 11:00 p.m. EST: Removed Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State) from Mock and added Charlie Moore (Miami) to Mock, per updated intel + PIT release.
4/7/2022 6:15 p.m. EST: Removed Justyn Mutts (Virginia Tech) from Mock and added Isaiah Whaley (UConn) to Mock, per updated intel + PIT release.
4/8/2022 10:30 a.m. EST: Removed Jayden Gardner (Virginia) from Mock and added Savion Flagg (Sam Houston) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/8/2022 10:30 a.m. EST: Removed Noah Kirkwood (Harvard) from Mock and added Nysier Brooks (Ole Miss) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/9/2022 9:30 a.m. EST: Moved Will Richardson (Oregon) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Trent Frazier (Illinois) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/9/2022 10:00 a.m. EST: Moved Darius McGhee (Liberty) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Fatts Russell (Maryland) to Mock, per updated intel + PIT release.
4/9/2022 10:30 a.m. EST: Moved Kendric Davis (SMU) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitation and added Tyson Jolly (Iona) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/9/2022 11:00 a.m. EST: Removed Timmy Allen (Texas) from Mock and added Jericole Hellems (NC State) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/10/2022 12:00 p.m. EST: Removed Sasha Stefanovic (Purdue) from Mock and added Alonzo Verge Jr. (Nebraska) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/10/2022 12:30 p.m. EST: Removed Brandon Slater (Villanova) from Mock and added Courtney Ramey (Texas) to Mock, per updated intel.
4/11/2022 1:30 p.m. EST: Moved Tevin Brown (Murray State), Taevion Kinsey (Marshall), David McCormack (Kansas), Jermaine Samuels (Villanova), Vince Williams Jr. (VCU), James Akinjo (Baylor), Brady Manek (North Carolina), Marcus Bingham Jr. (Michigan State), Izaiah Brockington (Iowa State), DeAndre Williams (Memphis), and Antoine Davis (Detroit) from Mock to Projected Declined Invitations… Removed Jalen Slawson (Furman) and Bryson Williams (Texas Tech) from Mock… and added DeVante’ Jones (Michigan), Silvio de Sousa (Chattanooga), Michael Flowers (Washington State), Jeriah Horne (Tulsa), Brandon Horvath (Utah State), Dallas Walton (Wake Forest), Tommy Kuhse (St. Mary’s), Trevor Hudgins (NW Missouri State), Payton Willis (Minnesota), Rocky Kreuser (North Dakota State), Ty Flowers (LIU), Gaige Prim (Missouri State), and Koby McEwen (Weber State) to Mock per updated intel + PIT release.