Raymar Morgan Performs Positively in Portsmouth

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Raymar Morgan #2 of the Michigan State Spartans shoots a three-pointer in the first half against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The numbers from Raymar Morgan's three games in the PIT:

Min Pts 2pm 2pa 3pm 3pa Ftm Fta Oreb Dreb Ast TO
Game 1 28 17 8 11 0 0 1 4 3 7 3 2
Game 2 23 15 6 10 0 0 3 6 5 2 0 1
Game 3 33 19 5 6 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 1
TOTAL 84 51 19 27 3 4 7 13 11 12 5 4


Against some solid competition, Morgan scored the ball efficiently, grabbed a good number of offensive rebounds, and limited this turnovers.  Playing along side recent NCAA Tournament foe Wayne Chism, Morgan helped lead his team (Roger Brown's) to a second place finish in the tournament.

(I love it, by the way, that the team that took the tournament championship was called "K&D Rounds Lanscaping."  Sounds like a team from the bracket my friends and I are placed in for the Gus Macker 3-on-3 tournament we play in each summer.  The landscaping guys were led by Trevon Hughes' 21 points in the final, incidentally.)

DraftExpress.com was impressed:

Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan showed that he was worthy of being invited on the first Portsmouth go-around instead of having to wait for a last minute nod, putting up a strong 17 point, 10 rebound, 3 assist performance in his first outing. Morgan looked a lot more athletic than we remembered him, finishing emphatically around the rim repeatedly and crashing the offensive glass ferociously with an excellent second bounce. He played with a chip on his shoulder just like you would expect a Tom Izzo pupil to, but did so in a controlled and intelligent manner, even showing some perimeter skills by creating his own shot off the dribble in transition.

I haven't seen much, if anything, on Morgan's NBA draft prospects.  I suspect he'd do well to get drafted in the second round, and will likely end up in the D-League or Europe to work on his ball-handling skills and perimeter shooting.  Regardless, playing as solidly as he appears to have played in Portsmouth can't be anything but helpful as he pursues a career in professional basketball.

(HT: Tweeter @onlinerailbird)

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