Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Portis invited to Nike camp
Arkansas forward Bobby Portis pulls in a rebound in front of an Ole Miss defender during a game Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' Bobby Portis is one of 10 college players who will be invited to the Nike Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) Big Man Skills Academy.
The skills camp begins next Monday and runs through Wednesday in Union, N.J. Instructors there will include NBA head coaches and NBA players Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Other confirmed players joining Portis will be Iowa State's Georges Niang, UC-Santa Barbara's Alan Williams and Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. Participants in last year's skills camp included Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, Oregon's Mike Moser and Arizona's Brandon Ashley.
In addition to 10 college players, the three-day camp will include 20 high school players.
Portis was named first-team freshman all-SEC last season, averaging 12.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game, in addition to 1.6 blocks per contest. Portis broke Arkansas' freshman season record with 230 rebounds and single-game freshman scoring record with 35 points in a game against Alabama.