Playing For Cherry Bekaert & Holland; First Game Is Wednesday Night
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Greg Mangano is ready for what he hopes is an important step towards his goal of playing in the NBA. Mangano's skills will be on display this week when he participates in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational, a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.
"I'm hoping that I can use this as an opportunity to impress NBA teams and that will lead to more individual workouts," said Mangano, a two-time first team All-Ivy selection.
Mangano will play for Cherry, Bekaert & Holland at the invitational. Ironically, one of his biggest rivals during his time at Yale – Harvard's Keith Wright -- will be his teammate. Other notable players on the roster include Georgetown's Jason Clark, UNLV's Chace Stanback, Wisconin's Jordan Taylor and Oakland's Reggie Hamilton, who led the nation in scoring.
The team plays its first game on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. The invitational runs through Saturday.
Since Yale's season ended in March, Mangano has been working with a trainer in New York three or four times a week.
"At the next level, I won't be a center like I was in college, so a lot of my training has been guard oriented because I'll need to be more versatile and play away from the basket," he said.
Mangano, who became only the seventh player in Yale history and the first since Paul Maley in 1987 and 1988 to earn multiple first team All-Ivy selections, enjoyed an outstanding career for the Bulldogs. He is Yale's all-time leader with 213 career blocked shots, which is the third most in Ivy League history. In addition, he finished sixth in school history with 735 career rebounds and 13th in school history with 1,213 career points.
This season, Mangano shared the Ivy League lead in scoring (18.2 ppg.) and led the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocks (65). He was at his best against the most challenging opponents. He had 20 points and 12 rebounds at Wake Forest, 26 points and 15 rebounds at Florida and averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games against Harvard. He also posted one of the most dominant performances in recent memory when he scored 35 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a win over St. Joseph (L.I.).
Over the summer, Mangano was a part of the 12-player roster that represented the United States in the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. In six games during the tournament, Mangano averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. The team was coached by Purdue's Matt Painter.
As a junior, Mangano finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection.
Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.
Mangano was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games were a new Ivy record
He also became the first Yale player since Chris Dudley in 1986-87 to average a double-double for the season.
This year is the 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational. Notable players who have participated over the years include Dave Cowens, John Lucas, John Stockton, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity