RICHMOND, Va. – The NBA draft is just over two months away, but the journey to having the dreams come true started this past weekend for many players.
The 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament was played this past weekend and former VCU standout Bradford Burgess was among those who impressed the boatload of NBA scouts that descended upon the Tidewater area.
"It was a great opportunity for myself and many other players to showcase ourselves in front of many scouts and hopefully give us a chance at a future at the professional level," Burgess said. "There's a ton of history with the tournament and the players that have played down here, it was just a huge opportunity that I was grateful to be a part of."
Here's a quick recap of Burgess' three games with his squad, the Portsmouth Partnership.
Game 1 – Portsmouth Partnership 85, Mike Duman 79: Despite having a plethora of BCS players at the tournament, Burgess did what he always has done and started the opening round game in his team's 85-79 win over the Mike Duman squad. The Midlothian, Va. native played a team-high 31 minutes.
Burgess' Game 1 Stat Line: 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2-of-7 shooting, 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, 3 assists, 1 block
Game 2 – Roger Brown's 93, Portsmouth Partnership 73: The NCAA all-time leader in consecutive starts played yet another steady game in the second round loss to the eventual champion, Roger Brown's. He played 25 minutes, but didn't get many looks late when the game got out of hand.
Burgess' Game 2 Stat Line: 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3-of-7 shooting, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, 1 assist, 1 steal
Game 3 –Portsmouth Partnership 78, Cherry Bekart & Holland 75: Burgess saved his best for last, leading all scorers with 19 points in 35 minutes of action. His squad would need every bit of his output in a back-and-forth battle and eventual win in the third-place game over the Cherry, Bekart & Holand squad.
Burgess' Game 3 Stat Line: 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6-of-10 shooting, 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, 1 steal
The Final Stat Line for Burgess:
11.7 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, 11-of-24 shooting, 5-of-10 from beyond the arc, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 30.3 minutes per game