LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Lazeric Jones #11 of the UCLA Bruins has his shot blocked by Kyle Fogg #21 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on March 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament opens tonight, and Arizona Wildcats guard Kyle Fogg probably has as good of a scouting report as any when it comes to his first opponent, when he opens play tomorrow.
Playing for the Sales Systems Ltd. squad, Sean Miller's former lockdown shooting guard could find himself matched up, at some point, with California Golden Bear Jorge Gutierrez, who will be playing for the Roger Brown's. That'll be a good kick-start to the event considering Gutierrez's history against Arizona, and it goes without mentioning how Fogg and Gutierrez will similarly lean on their defense and grit to earn them a paying job.
Don't know what any of the above jargon means?
Here's an overall preview for the senior-only tournament that's geared toward finding homes -- both in the US and overseas -- for some of the nations best graduating basketball players.
What is it?
A 58-year-old event, the tournament is one of the few that's catered toward the players rather than the fans. Usually a couple hundred scouts attend to view the 64 players invited to the event, and the general numbers indicate an average of about 10 make it to NBA rosters at some point in their careers. The most recent Wildcat to attend was Nic Wise, who has carved himself out some solid campaigns overseas
What do the 64 players do?
The 64 players are broken into eight-man teams to play in a bracketed tournament. For those who are knocked out immediately, there's a consolation bracket to ensure players have at least three games to show their stuff to scouts.
Who's in it this year?
Aside from Mr. Fogg, there's a number of names the average college basketball fans might know. Fogg will play a very sizey Roger Brown's squad in the third game tomorrow. Aside from Guterriez, the opponents include Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine and Memphis forward Wesley Witherspoon, the victim of Derrick Williams' block that got the Wildcats out of the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last year.
Also in the tournament are Momo Jones' Iona teammate Michael Glover, former Oregon gunner Devoe Joseph, Florida point guard Erving Walker, Minnesota's Ralph Sampson III, Oakland scorer (25.7 points per game) Reggie Hamilton, and March Madness and Norfolk State star Kyle O'Quinn.
Kyle Fogg's team
|12||Gibson, Xavier||Florida State||F||6' 11"||248||7.4||4.8||0.4||0.5||1.2||49.7||27.8||67.6|
|13||Griffin, Eric||Campbell||F||6' 8"||190||15.7||8.6||1.5||0.9||2.4||61||36.7||56.8|
|4||Johnson, Chris||Dayton||F||6' 6"||201||12.1||6.3||1.5||0.8||0.7||46.1||38.6||86.4|
|3||Pope, Herb||Seton Hall||F||6' 8"||236||15.2||10.3||1.4||1||1.6||47.1||35.6||61|
|5||Chang, Jet||BYU-Hawaii||G||6' 4"||190||17.8||3.5||2||1.5||0.3||41.7||30.1||66.4|
|2||Fogg, Kyle||Arizona||G||6' 3"||188||13.7||3.8||2.1||1.1||0.4||42.1||44.1||79.5|
|10||Gatens, Matt||Iowa||G||6' 5"||212||15.7||3.7||1.9||1.5||0.2||48.1||42.6||85.9|
|1||Ware, Casper||Long Beach State||G||5' 10"||175||17.4||2.4||3.3||1.4||0.1||40.7||36.1||79.7|