Former MCC star Brown shines at Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Two former Marshalltown Community College basketball standouts participated in the annual Portsmouth Invitiational this past week and one of them – Tyler Brown – was named to the all-tournament team.

Brown, as well as former MCC Tiger and Iowa State Cyclone Will Clyburn, both averaged double-figures in scoring during the three-game tourney.

Brown, who finished out his collegiate career at Illinois State, was the third highest scorer in the tournament at 19.7 points per game and also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest. Brown also averaged two steals per game and led the tournament in 3-pointers made with 13.

He came off the bench in the opener and scored eight points but then started the final two games and scored team-highs of 24 and 27 points in the Portsmouth Partnership’s last two contests.

In the loss to Cherry Bekaert, Brown put in 27 points on 7-of-11 from 3-point range. The Partnership went 1-2 in the tournament overall.

Clyburn started off the tournament with a bang, scoring a team-high 25 points in the loss to K&D Roundscaping. He then played just 13 minutes in the second game and scored three points before not playing at all in the finale. His team – Norfolk Sports Club – also went 1-2.

K&D Roundscaping was the only team to go 3-0 on the week. Brandon Davies, the former BYU standout, was named tournament MVP after scoring nearly 21 points per game and grabbing 9.3 boards per contest.

The Portsmouth Invitational is a pre-NBA draft camp featuring some of the best collegiate seniors in the country.

More MCC alum

Former MCC center Luiz (Paulo) Santos was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Western Division.

The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native averaged 6.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in his senior season for the Slippery Rock University men’s basketball team, which finished the season 23-9 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Vesteinn Sveinsson, a senior forward at Ashford University in Clinton, was named to the Association of Independent Institutions all-conference second team. Sveinsson averaged 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Saints. He was a 49.5 percent shooter from the field and 78.1 percent free-throw shooter.

Ashford finished the season 19-12.