The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has added some more local and regional flavor, as Old Dominion's Frank Hassell and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney have committed to play.
Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen, James Madison's Denzel Bowles (Kempsville High) and Richmond's Kevin Anderson had already said they will be among the 64 seniors to play in front of NBA and international scouts April 6-9 at Churchland High.
Also committed are guards Norris Cole of Cleveland State, Corey Fisher of Villanova and Adrian Oliver of San Jose State; forwards Billy White and Malcolm Thomas of San Diego State; and center Josh Harrellson of Kentucky.
Tickets are $10 a night or $30 for a tournament pass.
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Portsmouth Invitational Participants
Frank Hassell, Old Dominion
Jimmy Butler, Marquette
David Lighty, Ohio State
Jon Diebler, Ohio State
Billy White, San Diego State
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
Denzel Bowles, James Madison
Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Washington
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Durrell Summers, Michigan State
Mike Davis, Illinois
Malcolm Thomas, San Diego State
Josh Harrellson, Kentucky
Diante Garrett, Iowa State
Papa Dia, Southern Methodist
Gary Johnson, Texas
Mike Tisdale, Illinois
Tracy Smith, North Carolina State
Alex Stepheson, USC
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech
Norris Cole, Cleveland State
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Chaisson Allen, Northeastern
Adrian Oliver, San Jose State
Ryan Rossiter, Siena
Anatoly Bose, Nicholls State
Justin Hurtt, Tulsa
Justin Holiday, Washington (Invited, not confirmed)
Jamelle Horne, Arizona (Invited, not confirmed)
Lavoy Allen, Temple (Invited, not confirmed)
Gilbert Brown, Pittsburgh (Invited, not confirmed)
Gary McGhee, Pittsburgh (Invited, not confirmed)
Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh (Invited, not confirmed)
Corey Stokes, Villanova (Invited, not confirmed)
Rick Jackson, Syracuse (Invited, not confirmed)
Chris Wright, Georgetown (Invited, not confirmed)
Austin Freeman, Georgetown (Invited, not confirmed)
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame. (Invited, not confirmed)
Blake Hoffarber, Minnesota (on the alternate invitational list)
Jamie Vanderbeken, Iowa State (on the alternate invitational list)
Darion Anderson, Iowa State (on the alternate invitational list)
Best PIT ever?
Has anyone on the forum been to the PIT before? I have the luxury of going every year because it's only 15 minutes away from my house.
I live in Long Beach, CA and we used to have the Summer League here. Alas, no more. I loved watching prospects fight for PT and a roster spot. I'm jealous of you Memphis!
Great list of Seniors. Over half of the 2nd round could come from this group. Norris Cole, Rick Jackson, and David Lighty as well are guys who can play themselves into the first round.
Casey Mitchel didnt get an invite?? WVU had 5 seniors and nobody even got an invite??
I think that Mitchel, Flowers, and Mazzula are fring NBA players... Sigh... I guess I am bias..
Yeah Mazzula and Mitchell are not close to NBA talent. Flowers maybe because he is a stud defender and has a lot of length.
Jimmy Butler, Durrell Summers, and Austin Freeman are the best players on the list in my opinion.
Great list. Where did you find it?
I was wondering the same thing. Did you compile this by yourself?
How did Marshon Brooks not get invited?
Or maybe he was too good? No Singler or Smith either?
I would think they were invited, but like you said, they are too good for the PIT.
@memphistyga It is cool you can attend this event. I would love to attend the event some year. This year seems like it will have the most talent the PIT has had in a while.
The draft combine has become the proving grounds for the first round caliber players. It doesn't have as many ways to expose the players negatively like Portsmouth. You have to respect any first round caliber player who trusts his ability and goes to Portsmouth though, but it just doesn't happen often anymore. The top senior talent rarely participate. Too bad the Orlando pre draft camp is gone because top players used to show up there.
Gary Johnson is a very underrated player, I doubt Texas would have made it into the Tournament this year without him. He does alot of great things for Texad, isnt an NBA player due to lack of a real position and all around polished game, but at the NCAA level he is very good.
The list is a collection of the news releases that have come out. If you search Portsmouth Invitational Tournament 2011, those are the names you'll find. Some SID offices are better than others about releasing this kind of information. It is obviously a bigger deal for mid-major and low-major schools to have one of their guys get an invite, so they are more likely to send out a media release. Whether the guys from Providence, WVU, or anywhere else have gotten invites or not are only known if the information is let out.
The Big Ten and Big East names came from this article.
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has been a steppingstone to the pros for a slew of college basketball players.
Just ask Wesley Matthews, the former Marquette University star who is now starting for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Or ask Steve Novak, another former Marquette University standout who is now playing for the San Antonio Spurs.
Both Matthews and Novak received some much-needed exposure by playing in the PIT, which usually attracts a large contingent of NBA general managers, player personnel directors and scouts.
Jimmy Butler and Jon Leuer now hope they can parlay a successful PIT into an NBA job.
According to Mahlon Parker, who helps run the PIT in Portsmouth, Va., both Butler and Leuer have accepted invitations to the tournament.
"They have both filled out their paper work and returned it,'' Parker said. "I expect both of them to be here.''
Butler, a 6-foot-7 guard-forward for Marquette, and Leuer, a 6-10 forward for Wisconsin, are enjoying banner senior seasons.
Butler is averaging a team-high 16 points and 6.2 rebounds. He is shooting .498 from the field, including .498 from 3-point range.
Leuer is also leading his team in scoring at 19.3 points and is averaging 7.4 rebounds. Leuer has also shot the ball well: .485 from the field and .398 from 3-point range.
"I like Leuer,'' Parker said. "He can stand behind the (3-point) line and make that shot just like (Steve) Novak. And he can go inside a little, too.
"He's a pretty darn good player.
"Butler is a good player, too. He's a blue-collar type and he has a nice assortment of shots.''
Butler and Leuer will be among 64 college seniors participating in the PIT, which runs from April 6-9.
Besides Leuer, some other Big Ten players who have indicated they'll play in the PIT are David Lighty and Jon Diebler of Ohio State, Durrell Summers of Michigan State and Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale of Illinois.
Besides Butler, some other Big East Conference players who are expected to be at the PIT are Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes of Villanova, Rick Jackson of Syracuse, Chris Wright and Austin Freeman of Georgetown and Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame.
Im surprised that Joe Trapani from BC isnt on there he's a versatile 6'8'' Forward who averaged 15 and 7 and shot 36% from 3.
More than likely Vernon Macklin will be an invite especially with him being from Portsmouth.
Andrew Goudelock and his fellow College of Charleston teammates were eliminated from the National Invitation Tournament with a third-round loss Wednesday night at Wichita State, but the basketball season isn't over for the Cougars' career scoring leader and master showman. Goudelock accepted an invitation to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an annual event in Virginia for NBA executives who want more looks at top college prospects.
Games are scheduled from April 6-9.
"It's an honor and I'm looking forward to it," Goudelock said. "It should be some great competition."
Until BYU's Jimmer Fredette took the floor Thursday night for an NCAA tournament game against Florida, Goudelock was the leading active scorer in NCAA Division I (2,571 points).
The 6-2 senior from Stone Mountain, Ga., wowed an ESPN2 audience Wednesday night with a series of long 3-point baskets against Wichita State. Goudelock scored 31 points and was featured on the intro to Wednesday night and Thursday "SportsCenter" coverage.
He scored a career-high 39 points in Charleston's NIT opener against Dayton. But NBA scouts might have been more intrigued by a 13-point NIT performance Saturday in a 64-56 victory at Cleveland State. For much of the game, Goudelock went head-to-head against fellow NBA prospect Norris Cole, who finished with 18 points.
Cole went 0 for 8 from 3-point range. Goudelock went 0 for 6.
"That was a great test, on offense and defense," Goudelock said. "After the game, we wished each other well and said we'd probably be seeing each other again."
Portsmouth alumni include Scottie Pippen, Ben Wallace, Derek Fisher and Jeff Foster. Greg Buckner and Chris Whitney, former Clemson players who went on to the NBA, played in the Portsmouth Invitational, as did Anthony Johnson, the only College of Charleston player ever selected in the NBA draft.
Everybody keep an eye out for my boy Papa Dia, very underrated prospect from SMU who got all the tools to be a rotational big in the league.
There's good news and bad news about Montana's prospects for next season.
The good news? The Griz lose just one senior.
The bad news? That one senior is record-setting center Brian Qvale.
The Williston, N.D., native ended his Griz career with 1,046 points, tied with Mike Warhank (1996-2000) for 21st on the school's career scoring list. With 721 rebounds, he ranks eighth in that category. He shot 58.9 percent from the field for his career, good for 13th in league history, but fifth among four-year players.
But where Qvale really excelled was on the defensive end, where he finished as the school's and league's all-time leader in blocked shots with 247 and single-season leader with 95.
"We could do a lot of different things with him down there," Tinkle said.
And that contributed to the Griz being the best defensive team in the league, holding opponents to 60.9 points a game on 39.9 percent shooting.
"This was probably - hands down - the best defensive team that we've had since I've been here," Tinkle said.
But Qvale's lasting legacy could be seen after Montana's season-ending loss to Duquesne in the College Basketball Invitational. Jamar, an 18-year-old true freshman from Venice, Calif., led the Griz with 22 points and was brought to the postgame news conference, along with Qvale.
"We have to come and play hard every game, just like Brian Qvale does," Jamar said when asked what he could learn from the senior. "He brings it every day in practice. We try to follow him. We're freshmen and some days when we don't want to practice, we're complaining, but we have this big guy over here and he brings it every day in practice. All you can do is play hard every day."
"He's just a great, great human being," Tinkle said of Qvale, who was invited to attend the prestigious Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament in early April. "He's a very grateful and gracious person, who absolutely relishes every experience he had here. He's very thankful for what he's experienced here at Montana. Those intangibles are what's going to be hard to replace."
DX is saying that Ben Hansbrough turned down his invite. Guess he is taking the Andy Rautins route.