Caulton Tudor

Dawkins has hot weekend in Portsmouth camp

Posted April 21, 2014

Duke's Andre Dawkins during the Devils' 78-74 overtime loss to Miami on Sunday, February 5, 2012 in Durham, NC (Photo by Jack Morton).

Former Duke basketball player Andre Dawkins isn’t expected to go in the first round of the NBA draft in June, but the 6-foot-5 guard elevated his stock last weekend in the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tourney.

The Portsmouth event has been staged annually since the early 1950s and once was the primary chance for lesser known college players to be discovered by NBA scouts.

That’s no longer the case, of course. Pro scouts do most of their legwork during summer AAU events for teenagers.

Portsmouth is now limited to college seniors, but still attracts most of the scouts even though younger college players dominate the draft.

Dawkins, in three games over the weekend, scored 20, 21 and 23 points but more importantly converted 14 of 32 shots (43.7 percent) of his 3-point attempts from behind the NBA arc of 23-feet-9. The college line is 19-9.

Several NBA teams place a high priority on 3-point specialists.

Dawkins averaged 7.9 points for the Blue Devils in ‘13’-14, but started only four of the 35 games and averaged less than 14 minutes court time per game.

Marquette center Davante Gardner was voted MVP of the weekend games. Dawkins and Notre Dame forward Garrick Sherman were selected to the 12-player all-star team.

Virginia’s Akil Mitchell and Florida State’s Okaro White, both forwards, played in Portsmouth but were generally more effective on defense than offense.

A year ago in Portsmouth, former N.C. State wing Scott Wood and former UNC guard Dexter Strickland had solid showings but still didn’t get picked in either round of the draft.

Wood wound up playing for Murcia, Spain in the European League and averaging 9.8 points in 28 games.

Strickland spent most of the season with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Developmental League and averaged 4.5 points. Idaho teammate Rich Howell (NCSU) averaged 18 points and 10.6 rebounds, which could be impressive enough to get into an NBA camp next in September.

Another former Wolfpack big man, Brandon Costner, is playing well for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League playoffs. He scored 57 points in the team’s first two playoff games after averaging 14.5 points in regular season. Yet another ex-Wolfpack standout, guard C.J. Williams, averaged 14.4 ppg for the D-Fenders in regular season.

The D-League regular season ended with P.J. Hairston (UNC, Texas Legends), Ronald Murray (Shaw, Austin Toros), Seth Curry (Duke, Santa Cruz Warriors) and Courtney Fells (NCSU, Austin Toros) all among the top 25 scorers.

Hairston and Murry each averaged 21.8 points, Curry 19.7 and Fells 18.2.

Former Baylor playmaker Pierre Jackson (Stampede) led all D-League scorers in regular season with a 29.1 ppg average. The 5-10 Jackson is under contract with the New Orleans Pelicans and likely will be in the NBA next season.


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  • 45HEELSFAN45 Apr 22, 2014

    Good luck to him

  • dave437 Apr 22, 2014

    NC State - the pipeline to the D-League!

  • mike honcho Apr 22, 2014

    A quality young man, I wish him nothing but the best.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 22, 2014

    As for Dawkins you will have to ask K why he didn't get the minutes. Guess Thornton was better. How did he do in this tournament?

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 22, 2014

    Works hard, rebounds, plays defense does things that don't show up on the stat sheet. Its not always about the scoring. What can Ryan Kelly do besides shoot when left wide open? He gets killed on the other end. Haslam from Miami, West Indiana, Birdman Miami, Randolph can score but he is tough inside. I know you are pulling for OKC but Westbrook will shoot them out.

  • vt94hokies Apr 21, 2014

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    What has he done? Enlighten us on here. Just curious. He will get his chance like all others. If he can play...then the scouts will tell us.

  • vt94hokies Apr 21, 2014

    Dawkins definitely shot the light out in these 3 games. He lost a lot after his sister died two years ago. Wish that he could have seen more minutes last season. Wishing him the very best.

  • Jeanne Gunn Apr 21, 2014

    Hope Dawkins finds his way on an NBA team.

    How did Richard Howell end up in the D-League??? Thought he improved his last season at State and always worked his rear off. Hope he gets picked up by a team.

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 21, 2014

    Ronald Murray. Havent heard that name in awhile. Go Bears! Big Rich should be in the NBA.

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