Mar 15, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Western Michigan Broncos forward Mario Matasovic (31) celebrates with Broncos center Shayne Whittington (21) after defeating the Toledo Rockets 98-77 in the championship game for the MAC college basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Who Is Shayne Whittington? Looking at the Portsmouth Invitational Star

Shayne Whittington is featured in the first of a recently launched Slam magazine video series that takes a look at undrafted college players. In episode one of Undrafted 2014, they showcase the 6’10 rookie Pacers center who really wasn’t on the pro-scout radar until a lights-out shooting performance at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

As Slam explains:

In the first episode of Undrafted 2014, Western Michigan’s F/C Shayne Whittington shows NBA scouts his nice inside-outside game at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, VA. The 6-11 big man shot 10-22 (45.5 percent) from long range in three games to earn him a spot on the Under Armour All-Tournament Team.

Unfortunately, the University of Western Michigan product — who averaged 19.6 points per game in the tournament — broke his fibula during a workout soon after.

He is still recovering to get back to where he was when he drew so much attention, but the Pacers can’t be that concerned; they signed him to a partially guaranteed deal for next season, despite the fact that he might not be ready to play until 2015. He discussed his excitement here.

Shayne Whittington, who played at the University of Western Michigan, also talked about the process of preparing for the NBA prior to the Portsmouth Invitational, in a podcast with The Hustle Belt, which included the following topics:

Former Western Michigan Bronco and All-MAC big man Shayne Whittington is preparing for a career in professional basketball. We chatted with Whittington on his way home before he leaves to participate in the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational.
Whittington walks us through the process of preparing for the NBA and what he hopes to prove to NBA teams in Portsmouth. Also on the docket: what getting suspended by the NCAA for a scrimmage was like, how he likes WMU’s chances of repeating next season and his bodybuilding big brother’s biceps.

In his senior season at Western Michigan, Whittington averaged 16.0 points (on 56% shooting) and 9.0 rebounds per game. Presuming he gets healthy he is expected to bring depth, size, and floor spacing to the Pacers.

He is an undrafted rookie, so who knows if he will ever see an NBA floor. But he seems ready to give it his all.

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