Akin Akingbala Named All-Tournament at Portsmouth Invitational


by -
Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed

Portsmouth, VA - Clemson center Akin Akingbala competed in the 54th annual Portsmouth Invitational over the weekend. The 6-9 native of Lagos, Nigeria led his Holiday Inn Portsmouth team to the championship game of the eight-team tournament. He was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 12 points and six rebounds per game during the event.



In total, 64 college seniors and professional basketball hopefuls competed in the three-day event in front of NBA scouts and representatives. Akingbala's team was made up of notable players such as Lamar Butler (George Mason), Vincent Grier (Minnesota), Tim Smith (East Tennessee State), and C.J. Watson (Tennessee).



Akingbala scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in Thursday's opening round win over Norfolk Sports Club, a team that featured three players Akingbala faced during the 2005-06 season. He shot 6-7 in that game and also led the club with three blocked shots. In the second round, Akingbala posted six points and six rebounds in a win over MD Designs. Once again, he led his squad with a pair of blocked shots.



In Saturday night's championship game, Holiday Inn fell to Portsmouth Sports Club by a score of 104-88. But Akingbala did his part, scoring 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds. He shot 6-9 from the field and also had a team-best three blocked shots and two steals.



For the tournament, Akingbala ranked second among all players in field goal percentage after shooting 14-21 (.667) from the field. He also ranked third among all tournament players in blocked shots with an average of 2.67 per game.

Rate this Story:
15 votes

Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Elliott on improvement in Bryant's passing game
Elliott on improvement in Bryant's passing game
Quick Hits: Thursday Scrimmage Insider, Bryant has his best day
Quick Hits: Thursday Scrimmage Insider, Bryant has his best day
WATCH: Swinney's Thursday scrimmage report
WATCH: Swinney's Thursday scrimmage report
WATCH: David Hood's Clemson scrimmage wrap
WATCH: David Hood's Clemson scrimmage wrap
Venables on Clemson's offense: "You're looking at the elite of the elite"
Venables on Clemson's offense: "You're looking at the elite of the elite"
WATCH: Fields on returning to school for senior season
WATCH: Fields on returning to school for senior season
Tour for Clemson's 2016 National Championship Trophy
Tour for Clemson's 2016 National Championship Trophy
Four Tigers named preseason All-America by CBS, SI
Four Tigers named preseason All-America by CBS, SI
Swinney on the QBs: "Play more than one guy probably a lot"
Swinney on the QBs: "Play more than one guy probably a lot"
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest