Dawkins, other locals rise and shine at PIT

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A handful of Hampton Roads products probably gave NBA scouts something to think about after Thursday night’s showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, starting with Chesapeake’s own Andre Dawkins.

The Duke University senior guard and graduate of Atlantic Shores Christian School pleasantly surprised everyone when he skied and slammed home a one-handed dunk on an ally-oop pass. He’s normally known as a shooter, but Dawkins made sure the on-looking scouts knew he could leap.

Dawkins finished with a game-high 20 points and four 3-pointers.

D.J. Covington, the Virginia Military Institute forward from Virginia Beach, also showed his athletic ability with a fast-break, two-handed dunk in the first half of the second game. He registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field.

Marquette University big man Devante Gardner, who started at King’s Fork High School in Suffolk, also played very well in the first game of the night. The 6-foot-8 forward scored showed versatility with an inside presence and an outside jump shot, scoring 18 points and grabbing three rebounds.

University of Virginia power forward Akil Mitchell fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine boards.

The tournament runs through Saturday and concludes with the championship game at 8:00 pm at Churchland High School.

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