PORTSMOUTH (WAVY) — The 66th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament continues at Churchland High School and on Thursday, a team with a trio of players from Hampton Roads advanced.
The Portsmouth Sports Club was led by Devon Hall, Shannon Evans and Rodney Bullock.
Evans went to Nansemond River High School in Suffolk. He first attended the University of Buffalo before following coach Bobby Hurley to Arizona State.
Evans is a point guard and he wants to prove to the scouts that he can lead a team.
“Coming from Arizona State we are guard dominant,” Evans said. “I play off the ball a little bit, so I wanted to show these guys I can control the team and be a true point guard.”
Evans 15 points and dished out four assists on Thursday. Coach Bobby Hurley was on hand to lend support to Evans who says Hurley’s way of coaching is infectious.
“I feel like he’s a blue collar guy,” Evans said. “He goes hard at everything he does and it rubs off on his players.”
Rodney Bullock went to Kecoughtan High School in Hampton and played his college ball at Providence.
The 6-foot-8 forward had 11 points.
The best stat line of the players from Hampton Roads went to Devon Hall. The former Cape Henry Collegiate standout, who was a team captain at Virginia, scored 18 points and had 8 rebounds.
At Virginia, coach Tony Bennett’s system does not necessarily translate to the world of the NBA. But Bennett has sent several players to the NBA, and that gives Hall confidence.
“We got guys like Malcolm (Brogdon), Justin (Anderson) and Joe (Harris),” Hall said. “It gives me confidence that just because we were in that type of system does not mean guys can’t be successful at the next level.”