Tyler Brown

Draft Rumors: Blazers, Portsmouth, Rice

Trey Burke's decision to leave Michigan is the most significant draft news of the day, but, as will be the case more often than not between now and June 27th, there are plenty of other draft-related items to share. We'll keep you in the loop, and we'll also continue to update our list of early entrants until the final deadline. Here's the latest:

  • The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament might not be a hotbed for top draft prospects, but Blazers GM Neil Olshey still thinks it's worth his time for a visit, calling it a valuable source of hard-working second-round finds, as he tells HoopsWorld's Joel Brigham.
  • Illinois State combo guard Tyler Brown is outside of the 100 rankings on ESPN.com and DraftExpress.com, but he's been the most impressive prospect this week in Portsmouth, as far as Tommy Dee of SheridanHoops.com is concerned. 
  • Glen Rice Jr., son of the former All-Star, is on an unconventional path to the draft, having been dismissed from Georgia Tech last year. He didn't declare for the 2012 draft and spent this season in the D-League. He's eligible by default for this year's draft, and after some hot play down the stretch for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, he's making a run at becoming a second-round pick, as Ridiculous Upside's Keith Schlosser chronicles. Rice checks in at No. 75 on Jonathan Givony's DraftExpress.com list.