Battle mediocre in first round loss at Portsmouth Invitational

Talor Battle’s career after Penn State hasn’t gotten off to the hottest start.

In the first game of the Portsmouth Invitational, Battle’s squad, Norfolk Sports Club, fell 80-75 to Portsmouth Partnership. Battle posted 13 points (4-8 , 2-4), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 turnovers in 29 minutes of action. That isn’t a bad stat line, but it definitely didn’t impress Ryan Feldman of TheHoopsReport:

The good thing is that Feldman isn’t an NBA scout, but there is limited coverage of the event and there isn’t much to work with as far as feedback is concerned. I’m curious as to who Battle guarded, because Mickey McConnell from Saint Mary’s accumulated 12 dimes, 5 points and only 2 turnovers during the game. He might been able to penetrate on Battle easily, or his teammates just made some tough shots – who knows.

Battle’s team will go up against Sales Systems LLD (Kevin Anderson, Cam Long, Demontez Stitt, Brad Wanamaker) tomorrow at 3:15PM in the losers bracket.  I think its safe to say that Battle needs to improve on his performance tonight.

Update (April 7th, 2:30PM):

Ryan Feldman posted his Day 1 player evaluations here: Battle received the following evaluation:

Battle put up solid numbers with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He was 4-for-8 from the field, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. But he had five turnovers, most of which came from struggling to run the point. He tried to run the offense and create, but it wasn’t successful. When he played off the ball as a role player, he did a decent job. But the problem is that his only chance of making the NBA would be as a point guard.


Head coach Ed DeChellis was in attendance for tonight’s game… Seton Hall shooting guard Jeremy Hazell (Portsmouth Partnership) did not make the trip to Virginia because his injured wrist is not 100%… there were around 80 NBA representatives in attendance tonight.

Game 1 Boxscore

Event Roster

Event Bracket

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  • Peter

    Ryan Feldman doesn’t “get it.”

    The PIT is not about winning and losing and nobody is examining a player’s “team mentality” or “basketball IQ.” They just want to see your skills when playing against better-than-college competition. Battle looked fine to me.

    • Chris

      Peter, did you attend? If so, feel free to add your analysis of Battle and/or other players.

      While Feldman could have been incorrect, looking “fine” isn’t necessarily a good thing at the PIT. You want to stand out, as these are all second round – undrafted type players. The only first round player there is Alec Burks (rough mock draft estimate).

      That being said, you certainly don’t want to have a negative A/T ratio while the opponent you’re guarding (assuming it was McConnell) posts 12 and 2.

      • Ben

        I’ve never been a big fan of A/T Ratio. Doesn’t account for a good pass that somebody drops, or something odd that happens during a play. I mean, you don’t want to have a high A/T but you can get to 5 TOs pretty quick if a few weird things happen