No Colonials At Portsmouth
Created: 4/15/2014 10:19:44 AMReplies: 26
4/15/2014 10:19:44 AM - The MV
I was disappointed to see that neither Zeke nor Creek will be participating in this week's Portsmouth Invitational. This is a multi-day event which brings together 64 senior or draft-eligible players who typically aren't headed for the lottery but are aspiring to be late first round or more realistically, second round draft picks. From the A10, Galloway and Roberts from St. Joe's, Reddic from VCU, Jett from SLU and Chaz from UMASS will all be there.
In the case of Maurice, I guess I understand this given his health. However, I'm baffled by why Isaiah either didn't receive an invitation or opted not to attend. Any insiders have any info on this?
4/15/2014 10:28:09 AM - herve
I'd heard in the past you can "opt-out" of this event simply by making it known through channels you do not want an invite. Players and agents may think they have a better chance of getting with a team by going another route and/or already have an "in" with a team so anything like this might simply jeopardize their chances if things do not go well in a tournament where there are a bunch of ball-hogs all trying to impress too much--certainly not the type of environment a player like Zeek would thrive in.
Also, I recall plenty of GW players being invited over the years and NONE of them made the NBA at all.
4/15/2014 2:28:29 PM - The MV
Herve, so Reddic and Roberts and plenty of other bigs are making their way to Portsmouth but somehow, Zeke is far enough ahead of these guys that he doesn't need to help prove himself? I'll buy into the notion that maybe Zeke has an agent or an advisor or that there is some plan in place which suggests that he has an "in" somewhere (though there is no evidence of this). However, Zeke would have ample opportunity to rebound and defend against potential NBA players and this wouldn't have been a bad thing. (And, while he wouldn't be shooting 20 times a game, I'm sure he'd have some opportunity to display his offensive game.) The argument that he could have lowered his stock is countered with the one that says he could have raised his stock. As for GW players attending Portsmouth but not making the NBA, I can't imagine that the reason for this is because they played at Portsmouth. If it were, there wouldn't be a Portsmouth.
4/15/2014 2:36:16 PM - herve
Good thing you're not reading between the lines.
4/15/2014 2:38:18 PM - Bo Knows
4/15/2014 6:00:24 PM - cagwu
4/15/2014 6:18:24 PM - Bo Knows
Yup confirmed. Congrats to Zeke.
4/15/2014 7:23:49 PM - CT Colonial
Some of the seniors who elect not to go to Portsmouth are getting some really questionable advice.
4/15/2014 7:49:35 PM - LuvDaGame
Is this event open to the public?
4/15/2014 9:59:57 PM - CPots
4/15/2014 11:48:40 PM - Bigfan
May have to change the title of the thread to: "A Colonial At Portsmouth."
Great for Zeke. His transfer really made a difference. Anyone else considering transferring to GW should look at his and Mo Creek's example.
4/16/2014 12:26:39 AM - thinker
I think that Armwood will be able to get a big contract in Europe - He could have a long career there like Pops and Mike Hall.
4/16/2014 9:34:57 AM - The MV
Even I don't have a big enough ego to take responsibility for this. This was a very late acceptance as virtually all roster spots were set at the time I wrote my post. Great to see Isaiah competing and amidst all of the ball hogs, I suspect that he is going to stand out to a certain extent.
4/16/2014 1:28:59 PM - Monument
If he will focus on being a rebounding specialist, I think he could have a shot at sticking with an NBA squad. If he wants to score points, he will have to play in Europe.
4/16/2014 3:14:56 PM - Bigfan
The interesting thing about Zeke is that he does have that little elbow shot sometimes as a big man. And the occasional 3 pointer in big games, which may be a little too occasional to rely on.
But of course his rebounding and astonishing reach will help his pro career wherever he plays.
4/16/2014 7:28:59 PM - BC
4/16/2014 8:29:23 PM - 220.127.116.11
watch it here: http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/college/2014/04/portsmouth-invitational-tournament-live-stream/
Zeke on: Mike Duman Auto Sales. Plays his first game Thursday
Coaches: Max Gillespie & Jerry Hasty
NBA Assistant Coach: Bo Kimble
#15 Center 6'9" 268 lbs
Led WAC in rebounding (11.6 rpg)
San Diego State
#11 Forward 6'8" 215 lbs
Posted 13.7 rpg in NCAA Tourney
#20 Forward 6'9" 208 lbs
Led George Washington in rebounding
#12 Forward 6'7" 230 lbs
Led team in rebs, 2nd in points & assists
#3 Guard 6'4" 185 lbs
Big Sky Conference Player of the Year
#4 Guard 6'5" 207 lbs
2013 Big Sky Conf. Player of the Year
#1 Guard 6'0" 165 lbs
Only 4th in history with 1,000 assists
#2 Guard 6'0" 180 lbs
11th in nation in scoring (21.3 ppg)
4/17/2014 3:31:09 PM - Monument
Don't know if I would want a player named Brickman on my basketball team.
4/17/2014 4:48:39 PM - Bo Knows
MV, my information says zeke was a replacement for somebody who declined. But all that matters is that he is going now.
4/17/2014 5:34:40 PM - herve
"declined"? What?! What?! :)
4/17/2014 6:35:58 PM - 18.104.22.168
Zeek plays at 7pm est FYI
4/17/2014 7:53:46 PM - Kaj
Zeek looking good so far at halftime. Couple of jumpers, a nice cut on an inbounds play from the baseline for a slam, solid rebounding and defense. Hanging around at the wing much more than usual, hasn't really been able to finish on a couple post ups, definitely not hustling all the way. But some real nice minutes off the bench at the half, good to see he's got confidence in his midrange game. Also, this guy Ian Childs from Morgan State (7'2" !!!) is flat out dominating the paint.
4/17/2014 8:39:09 PM - Kaj
Quieter second half offensively, only a bucket or two but he did start. Had a couple more blocks, one which which he flat denied Gardner on a post up. Had a nice drive one a two on one fast break, got fouled and made both at the line. Good passing from the block, did have a couple turnovers where he couldn't quite get the ball under control though. Overall a real solid performance.
4/17/2014 8:58:27 PM - BM
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Rookie/Agents 2014/69: Pedro Power (U1st Sports) signed 6-9 forward Isaiah Armwood out of George Washington University
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