April 5, 2011
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KINGSTON, R.I. -- Delroy James is among 64 players nationally who will participate in the 59th annual Portsmouth Invitational - a showcase for outstanding men's basketball players in their senior year of college.
The tournament, which began in 1953, will be held from April 6-9 at Churchland H.S. in Portsmouth, Va.
James is among six players from the Atlantic 10 Conference - Lavoy Allen of Temple, Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper from Richmond; and Bill Clark and Damian Saunders from Duquesne - who will take part in the Portsmouth Invitational.
A Second Team All-A-10 selection, James led URI in scoring (17.5), rebounding (7.9), steals (1.1), and blocked shots (1.6) this season. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was honored by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as part of their 2011 All-District Teams. James was named to the NABC's All-District 4 Second Team, while also being tabbed on the USBWA's All-District I first team.
On March 16, James become the first URI player to record a triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Miami (Ohio). He finished the season as the only player in the country averaging at least 17.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and was the only player in the A-10 to rank in the top six in scoring, rebounding, and steals during the regular season.
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.) is the nation's oldest amateur basketball tournament. It is recognized by NBA and European scouts as the premier showcase for future professional players. The P.I.T. is the only tournament for college seniors to participate in and be evaluated by the National Basketball Association prior to the NBA's pre-draft camp. Over 54 student-athletes who participated in the P.I.T. have gone on to either play and/or coach in the NBA, including former URI standout Cuttino Mobley.
James will play on the Norfolk Sports Club team, along with: Tracy Smith (NC State); Alex Stepheson (USC); Talor Battle (Penn State); Randy Culpepper (UTEP); Austin Freeman (Georgetown); and Mike Smith (East Tennessee). They play their first game on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
The P.I.T. has always claimed to be "more than a basketball tournament". Each year the P.I.T. contributes back to the community by awarding scholarships to student athletes from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. In 2008 there were seven scholarships awarded, 6 for $3,000 each and 1 for $3,500 each. Another $10,000 was given to local non-profit organizations and charities to help them make a difference in the local community, creating a grand total of $31,500 given back the community.