MEN'S BASKETBALL: UND's Troy Huff makes good impression at Portsmouth Invitational
Professional basketball scouts at the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last weekend in Virginia already had a pretty good idea about the scoring ability of UND’s Troy Huff, who scored more than 400 points in all four of his collegiate seasons.
That’s why North Dakota coach Brian Jones thought it was important for Huff to showcase his defensive skills and rebounding at the PIT.
And Jones, who was in attendance at the event, said that’s what Huff accomplished based on the positive feedback he’s hearing.
“I thought he played extremely well,” Jones said. “He did a good job representing himself and our program.”
Huff, a 6-foot-5 wing from Milwaukee, scored 21 points (second on his team) to lead his team in the third-place game at the PIT. Huff was 8-for-16 in the game, including a 2-for-5 showing from the 3-point line.
Huff was 3-for-3 from the foul line. He grabbed four rebounds (all offensive boards). He had four steals (a team high) and one block, with no turnovers and one assist.
The next step for Huff is to hope to get workout invitations from NBA clubs. Ideally, Huff would like to have an NBA summer league invite.
“If not the NBA, he’ll have opportunities overseas,” Jones said. “That’s the great thing about the PIT. There are scouts from the NBA, the D League and overseas markets. He’ll have choices both here and over there. It’ll be up to him to choose the best path for him.”
Huff is in the search for an agent. Jones told him to take his time in the process.
“The PIT is a breeding ground for those relationships,” Jones said. “He’s got a couple of guys he’s thinking about. The PIT will open doors and it doesn’t hurt to listen. My advice was to look for guys who’ve had success placing guys at your position. Sometimes, guys can rush into a decision, instead of being patient and building relationships.”
Huff isn’t the only UND senior working toward professional basketball. Aaron Anderson is working out and finishing school. He’s also looking for an agent.
“He’ll have some opportunities,” Jones said. “He’ll have to see what league is the best fit for him.”