PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Kyle Fogg arrived at his Virginia hotel at about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. He went through agility testing six hours later, was abruptly informed he would be a point guard, had a 40-minute practice with his new Sales System LTD teammates … and then played a 7 p.m. game.
He made 2 of 16 field goals.
But today, after sleeping in and getting to know his teammates better, Fogg led Sales Systems to an 89-87 win over the “Mike Duman” team in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Fogg had 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting, including a key three point play with 55 seconds left, while adding six assists to three turnovers in the seniors-only predraft event.
“It feels good to go out there and show them I belong,” Fogg said. “I feel like I played with the best of them.”
Thursday’s game “was definitely because of a lack of sleep. The same shots I took today weren’t falling for me yesterday. I was playing the point guard position and today I was kind of able to settle in and got to learn how my teammates play and feed off them.”
Sales Systems pulled out the win when Iowa’s Matt Gatens hit a three-pointer for the final 89-87 advantage and several players including Fogg greeted each other enthusiastically after a win that, essentially, meant little in a showcase tournament.
“It just feels great to come out, with that (Thursday) game behind me and help our team get a win,” Fogg said.
The atmosphere at the PIT is an odd cross between the intense and the casual. The games are being played at Churchland High School, in the backyard of Navy and Coast Guard installations in Portsmouth. The gym has hard orange plastic seats and a giant truck mural plastered with the words “Churchland Truckers.”
Yet in about a quarter of those hard seats sits a professional basketball scout or executive, which could put the players under immense pressure. In addition, there was good fan turnout for this evening's games, filling much of the gym.
Fogg, however, said it wasn’t too hard to deal with.
“You’d think it’s like a ton of pressure but actually, when you get in the flow of the game you don’t even think about it,” Fogg said. “You just go out there and hoop. But after the game you’re like, `Dang, the stands are are filled with NBA scouts.’ “
Fogg has his own personal rooting section of one for this weekend’s games. That would be Ryan Vincent, a close friend of Fogg’s from their days at Brea Olinda High School.
Vincent drove up from South Carolina, where he now works, and donned a No. 21 Arizona jersey in honor of his friend. Though Fogg doesn’t have much time at the PIT, the two did manage to dine at IHOP on Thursday night.
“He’s such a good guy,” Vincent said. “He’d do anything for you.”
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