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Portsmouth Invitational

04/15/2017, 4:45pm CDT
By Max Ivany

Every year 64 of the top seniors in NCAA college basketball are invited to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational.  It's an honor to be selected.  During the 5 day tournament, a player's performance will make the difference between him being drafted in the June NBA Draft, or it can also propel them to a six or seven figure career overseas, or a strong position in the D League.  

The heat is on and the alumni from the game are a who's who. This year the D1 Ambassadors are represented, by three players. The 64 players are broken down into eight-8 man teams, so there's lots of playing time.  Every NBA team will have multiple scouts on hand, as well as prominent overseas clubs and there will be a plethora of agents hustling around (especially young ones trying to make their splash by landing a quality client) in player's and families ears. It's quite a scene.

This year the D1 Ambassadors alumni were as follows:

Bryce Alford     Albuquerque, NM/La Cueva                         UCLA

Canyon Barry  Colorado Springs, C/Cheyenne Mountain   Florida

T J Williams     Pflugerville, TX                                    Northeastern

I'm really proud of our guys. They were outstanding players, have earned their degrees and have represented their schools and their families with class and integrity. I wish them the best as they go forward in their professional careers.

T.J.Williams was one of the top scorers in the NCAA this past season, averaging over 20 a game while running the PG spot. He also rebounded his position in a superior fashion.  During the Portsmouth he had games of; 11 points/5 rebounds, 12 points/7 assists and 18 points/7 assists.

Bryce Alford played and started all 4 seasons for his father, Steve of Indiana Hoosiers fame. it wasn't daddy ball though as Bryce became the ALL TIME three point shooter as well as #6 on UCLA's all time scoring list. No easy feat at a program with a pedigree like that! He had games of 12 points/5 assists, 16 points/5 assists

Canyon Barry starred at College of Charleston and then opted to go to Florida in his final season as a grad transfer. He embraced the role of 6th man on a talented Gators team. Canyon's famous dad, Rick Barry was voted one of the 50 Greatest NBA players of all time. He also holds the Portsmouth's All Time Scoring record with 107 total points.  Canyon had games of 20 points/12 rebounds, 13 points/6 rebounds, and 9 points/4 rebounds

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