Georgia Tech power forward Alade Aminu helped his stock over the weekend at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a showcase for 64 college seniors. At 6-10, 230 pounds, and just 21 years old, Aminu seems likely to get a shot at the NBA.
Last year, Anthony Morrow got a boost from Portsmouth. He signed as a free agent with Golden State last July and now averages 9.7 points in 22 minutes, while shooting 47.2 percent on 3-pointers.
Aminu’s Norfolk Naval Shipyard team won all three of its games to take the eight-team tournament. Aminu averaged 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He shot 54 percent from the field. In the championship game, Aminu led all scorers with 21 points.
The weekend didn’t go well for Lewis Clinch, who was Tech’s leading scorer this season at 15.5 per game. Playing for the Tidewater Sealants, Clinch averaged 9.7 points while shooting 31 percent (13 of 42). He made 1 of 13 from behind the arc. Clinch did have 14 assists against 8 turnovers.
To see how everyone fared, check out the official website.
Draftexpress.com said Aminu showed “very smooth athleticism for a player his size” and called him “one of the more upside-laden players at this tournament.”
Hoopsworld.com included Aminu in its Top 10 and said he often played “substantially above the rim.”
Georgia Tech has nine players currently in the NBA, third-most in the ACC behind Duke (14) and North Carolina ( 11).
Do you think Aminu will become No. 10?
On another basketball note, former Tech assistant Charlton Young got emotional as he took over at Georgia Southern late last week. In case you missed it, here’s a good recap of his introduction as head coach.