ANALYSIS: Talk about making an impression. Barea was named the MVP of the pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, after setting records for total assists (41) and assists in a single game (18). In three games, Barea averaged 14 points, 5.7 rebounds and 13.7 assists. His playmaking and speed wowed scouts, but he also greatly impressed them by only turning the ball over five times. He did not shoot well at Portsmouth (42 percent), which is a constant problem for him, but he clearly opened up a lot of eyes. Playing at Northeastern, Barea did not play the best competition in college. That made his 32-percent career three-point shooting percentage and the 4.7 turnovers per game he committed his senior season particularly disturbing. But there is no doubt Barea can flat out play. He averaged over 20 points a game in each of the last three seasons of his college career and averaged 8.4 assists his senior year. He has the speed and ball-handling ability to get anywhere he wants on the floor and can score in bunches. Last season, Barea scored 26 or more points in a game eight times. Shooting is obviously Barea's greatest weakness. He shot 40 percent from the floor his college career. Another concern is his height, but with so many small guards like Chris Paul and T.J. Ford succeeding, NBA executives are becoming more comfortable with smaller guards. Barea has a chance to sneak into the first round if he can knock down some jumpers in the team workouts he is invited to.