Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
One guy who helped himself Wednesday at the Portsmouth Invitational was West Virginia’s Casey Mitchell.
“Casey shot it very well and if he continues he will help himself,” said one veteran NBA scout who was in attendance.
“I played pretty well,” the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Mitchell said by phone. “I talked to three people that worked on NBA staffs, the Rockets, Celtics and Thunder. They all gave me good feedback, told me to keep working hard. Just keep going and finishing out strong.
“They’ll get me in some workouts before the draft.”
The NBA Draft is set for June 23 in Newark.
With an NBA lockout looming if a new collective bargaining agreement can’t be reached until June 30, Mitchell, who averaged 13.6 points this season, said he’s also considered going overseas.
“We’re going to see that situation,” Mitchell said. “I have a lot of overseas people that want to sign me. We’ll see what it is with the NBA first and whatever the best situation is after that.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.