First, the good news. This bit of news is sure to be warmly embraced by Finebammer, the President of the JaMychal Green fan club.
JaMychal Green was invited to take part in the Portsmouth Invitational, a showcase for college seniors hoping to improve their draft stock. In his first outing on Thursday, Green put up numbers of 29 pts (14-18 from the field) and 10 rebounds. His performance garnered raves, including this excerpt from Ryan Mattocks at NBADraft.net:
JaMychal Green (Alabama) put up a videogame-like stat line with 29 and 10 (6 off.) on 14-18 shooting. Most impressive about the 6'8" 240 lb. forward's performance was the way in which he went about his business. Green didn't try to become someone is isn't. He didn't attempt a 3 (only took 10 all year and 17 in his college career). What he did do was space-out beautifully after setting ballscreens and pop for 15-17 jumpers and consistently knock them down. He played volleyball on the offensive glass and ran the floor with a purpose (ran straight to the rim in transition many times) and was rewarded for doing so on more than one occasion. Had crowd roaring after an alley from Jordan Theodore in the first half. Along with Chace Stanback, Green gets my nod of approval for most-likely to land on an NBA roster at some point in the next calendar year from this group.
Obviously Green's physical talent has never been the question mark, it's always been his maturity. Granted, the NBA today is a place in which players can snap their fingers and have coaches fired so perhaps maturity and attitude don't count for much anymore. Still, credit JaMychal for having himself ready, both physically and mentally, for this event. Hopefully, it leads to more NBA interest for him.
And now the bad news:
DeVon Walker, the 6'5 guard from Winter Haven, Florida that Alabama had recently offered, has decided to sign with the Florida Gators. Obviously Alabama has its share of guards right now, but it appears the coaching staff was high on this kid so it's disappointing they could not land him. Seems like it's Devonta Pollard or bust right now for the Alabama coaching staff.