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March 20, 2011 - 4:30pm

Scouting report on Deshawn Sims from Portsmouth

BY NICOLE AUERBACH

Torehan Sharman/Daily

Michigan senior forward DeShawn Sims has been competing in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia over the past two days in preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft. The Tournament functions similarly to college football's Senior Bowl, and attracts a similar level of talent. The players Sims has been competing against this week are all trying to improve their draft stock.

According to Ryan Feldman, a reporter with The Trentonian, Sims has "put up solid numbers" despite having to play with "what was probably the worst team" in the tournament.

Sims's team has lost two games, but he tallied 16 points shooting 8-for-17 with nine rebounds in the first game and had 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds in the second game, Feldman wrote in an e-mail to The Michigan Daily.

"Sims did have one noticeably poor effort guarding Rutgers 7-footer Hamady Ndiaye," he added. "As Ndiaye was backing him down, Sims laid off him and backed up towards the basket, allowing Ndiaye to get an easy dunk and also fouling him in the process for a three-point play.

"Sims looked smaller than most of the big men he went up against but he did show some decent range on his jumper. He even drained a 3-pointer in his second game."