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Gatens plays in Portsmouth Invite

[ 0 ] April 12, 2012 |

Former Iowa guard Matt Gatens averaged in double figures as a scorer throughout college, and he kept it up Thursday in his first game in the Portsmouth Invitational.

The 6-foot-5 Gatens was among four players on his team to score in double figures, but it still wasn’t enough to produce a victory.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual event in which 64 of the top college seniors in the country play in front of NBA representatives.

Gatens scored 12 points, dished out four assists, had two steals and one block during his team’s 74-71 loss in overtime. The former City High star also played a team-high 38 minutes and made 4-of-12 field-goal attempts, including 2-of-7 from 3-point range.

Gatens’ parents and Iowa coach Fran McCaffery were among those who attended Thursday’s game in the Churchland High School gymnasium in Portsmouth Va.

“(Fran) thought Matt’s all-around game was really good,” Matt’s father, Mike Gatens, said in a phone interview shortly after the game. “And the shots he missed, he usually makes.”

Matt Gatens is hoping to become the first Iowa player to be selected in the NBA draft since former guard Adam Haluska was taken by the New Orleans Hornets in the second round in 2007.

Gatens finished his college career as Iowa’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 1,635 points. He is also just one of two Iowa players to have at least 1,600 points, 400 rebounds, 250 assists and 125 steals during his career.

Gatens’ team plays its second game today.

Reach Pat Harty at 339-7368 or pharty@press-citizen.com.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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