A-10 seniors gear up for this week’s Portsmouth Invitational

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Atlantic 10 basketball is back (in a way) and it’s starts tomorrow.

This year’s Portsmouth Invitational, an invite-only tournament featuring some of the nation’s most talented seniors, tips it up Wednesday in Portsmouth, Virginia at 7PM EST. The event goes through this Saturday and features eight competing teams and 64 total players.

299005f894bfa277cdc233c69144a4f7CONFIRMED A-10 PORTSMOUTH INVITEES

Terry Allen (Richmond) – Norfolk Sports Club
Patricio Garino (GW) – Portsmouth Sports Club
Melvin Johnson (VCU) – Norfolk Sports Club
Kevin Larsen (GW) – K&D Rounds
Isaiah Miles (Saint Joseph’s) – Cherry Bekaert
Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton) – Roger Brown’s Restaurant
Shevon Thompson (George Mason) – Mike Dunman’s Auto Sales

SCHEDULE

Game 1 (Wed, 4/13, 7PM)
Mike Dunman Auto Sales v Sales Systems, Ltd.

Game 2 (Wed, 4/13, 9PM)
Roger Brown’s Restaurant v Cherry Bekaert

Game 3 (Thurs, 4/14, 3:15PM)
Game 1 loser v Game 2 loser

Game 4 (Thurs, 4/14, 7PM)
Portsmouth Partnership vs K&D Rounds

Game 5 (Thurs, 4/14, 9PM)
Portsmouth Sports Club vs Norfolk Sports Club

Game 6 (Fri, 4/15, 3:15PM)
Game 4 loser v Game 5 loser

Game 7 (Fri, 4/15, 7PM)
Game 1 winner v Game 2 winner

Game 8 (Fri, 4/15, 9PM)
Game 4 winner v Game 5 winner

Game 9 (Sat, 4/16, 12PM)
Game 3 loser v Game 6 loser

Game 10 (Sat, 4/16, 2PM)
Game 3 winner v Game 6 winner

Game 11 (Sat, 4/16, 6PM)
Game 7 loser v Game 8 loser

Game 12 (Sat, 4/16, 8PM)
Game 7 winner v Game 8 winner

History of the P.I.T. according to the league website

“Each year for 63 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the 1970’s when players like Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Lucas and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 Scouts, General Managers and Representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl ‘The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler.”

 

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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