Dendy taking in Portsmouth Invitational

Blue Raider forward LaRon Dendy is taking to the court today in Portsmouth, Virginia to play in front of NBA Scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Dendy has the chance to become the first Blue Raider to make an NBA roster since Warren Kidd played for the 76ers in 1992.

D endy is looking to follow in the footsteps of current NBA players like Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields of the New York Knicks, and 2011 first-round pick Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls. The Senior Director of NBA Scouting Operations, Ryan Blake, tells Blue Raider Zone that an event like the PIT will give Dendy numerous opportunities to show NBA Scouts he can play at the next level.

"When we bring a player in here, we don't go, ‘Hey this is what you're going to do.' We ask them what position do you like to play? How do you think you can best impress NBA scouts to make a team?" Blake says. "You want to make sure that you can show you can play defense, and really show that you know how to play the game of basketball."

While Dendy has gotten numerous comparisons to NBA players like Lamar Odom, Blake tells the Blue Raider Zone that the PIT is about showing teams you're more than what they already know you are as a player.

"With (LaRon), he has that versatility. He's a guy that can score. He's got athleticism, he can shoot it from outside, and he's a good passer too. You want to show teams that you're able to gel and play with your team."

Realistically where could Dendy fall after a solid outing at the PIT? Blake thinks it could go either way. He says, "I don't know if you can pinpoint it right now. It only takes one team, but getting that one is very important."

Dendy's team starts play tonight at 9:00. To keep up with the PIT and Dendy's progress you can visit the PIT website, or keep up with the progress on Facebook and Twitter @PitTourney, or follow Ryan Blake on Twitter @HoopsHighway.

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