Watch for Temple's Khalif Wyatt at PIT
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) is the first draft camp of the year and it got underway Wednesday. The PIT is for seniors only, and there was a time when the PIT was a place where scouts could go and find a number of draft prospects worthy of first- and second-round picks.
Over the past decade, however, the PIT has struggled to lure even legitimate second-round prospects. Last year, just three of the 60 participants heard their names called on draft night -- Kim English, Kyle O'Quinn and Kevin Murphy. And all of them were second-round picks.
But for the most part, players like Lin, Fields, Butler and Matthews are few and far between. Why is the PIT experiencing such a talent drought? The senior-only tournament is seen as players' last-ditch effort to get noticed by agents, and virtually all of the top seniors who are left skip it.
Once again, a huge number of seniors opted not to come this year, including: C.J. McCollum, Mason Plumlee, Jeff Withey, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, Brandon Paul, Mike Muscala, Erick Green, Nate Wolters, Jackie Carmichael, Erik Murphy, Michael Snaer, D.J. Stephens, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris, Richard Howell, James Southerland, Colton Iverson, Trevor Mbakwe, Zeke Marshall, Kenny Kadji, Arsalan Kazemi, Carrick Felix, Matthew Dellavedova, Alex Oriakhi, Rodney Williams, Romero Osby, Solomon Hill, Brandon Triche and Laurence Bowers.
Thus, there aren't many players who will actually get NBA teams excited this year. Last year there were 10 players at the PIT ranked in our Top 100. This year, just one -- Temple's Khalif Wyatt.
Wyatt, who might be best known for dropping 31 points on both N.C. State and Indiana during the NCAA tournament a few weeks ago, is the perfect candidate to attend. He's flown under the radar for much of the season because NBA teams have had a hard time figuring out what he is. He's a 6-foot-4 combo guard who lacks speed and explosion and does not shoot the ball particularly well. What he does have is an old man's game and a super-high basketball IQ, and he finds a way to play the angles to get to the basket.
While Wyatt might be the only player in our Top 100 getting any run, here's a look at five other players who could, with a great performance at the PIT, sneak into the second round:
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