Jeremy Senglin solidifies status as elite shooter at Portsmouth Invitational

Saturday , April 15, 2017 - 4:58 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

One of Weber State basketball’s all-time greats turned in good performances at a tournament for college seniors looking to make a professional roster.

Jeremy Senglin played three games at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from April 13-15, a showcase in Virginia played in front of scouts from every NBA team and many international scouts.

Senglin averaged 16.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game, helping his team to a 2-1 record as consolation bracket champions.

He also shot 47.3 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from the 3-point line, higher than his 44.7 clip during his senior season. In three games, Senglin shot 11 of 23 from deep.

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A Euroleague scout in attendance listed Senglin on Twitter as one of the four best shooters, while a Turkish writer went a step further and called him the best shooter at Portsmouth.

The PIT field consisted of 64 players broken into eight teams. The tournament began in 1953 and has become a must for scouts looking to identify top players coming out of U.S. colleges.

Fellow Big Sky player Jacob Wiley of Eastern Washington was on Senglin’s team and turned heads Friday with a 29-point, 11-rebound performance on 11-of-14 shooting.

Utah State’s Jalen Moore averaged seven points and 3.3 rebounds in 25 minutes over three games. His team went 2-1 and lost in the title game.

Senglin now waits to see if he’ll be given an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine. That event is set for May 9-14 in Chicago and showcases about 60 draft prospects in both games and performance tests.

Those invitations are typically issued in the latter part of April. Senglin may not be listed in mock drafts, but it seems his shooting prowess — and previous elite combine performances from Weber State players Joel Bolomboy and Damian Lillard — could give him an outside shot at an invitation.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net, follow him on Twitter @bhein3 and find him at facebook.com/brettheinwrites.

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