O'Quinn to Play in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Posted by: Michelle Hill
Norfolk State senior center Kyle O’Quinn has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament next month.
Now in its 60th year, the P.I.T. gives 64 of the nation’s elite college basketball seniors the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional scouts and general managers of all 32 NBA teams and numerous international leagues. This year’s tournament takes place from April 11-14 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.
O’Quinn will be the first Spartan to play in the P.I.T. since two-time MEAC Player of the Year Damian Woolfolk did so in 2000. O’Quinn has earned numerous accolades this year, including MEAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors, MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Performer, and first-team All-MEAC and All-NABC District 15. He averaged 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game as a senior and posted 20 double-doubles, tied for fifth-most in the nation. O’Quinn led NSU to a 26-10 record, the school’s first-ever MEAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament victory, an upset of No. 2 seed Missouri.
Other players scheduled to compete in this year’s tournament include Mike Scott of U.Va., Tu Holloway of Xavier, Ricardo Ratliffe of Missouri, Bradford Burgess of VCU, Jason Clark of Georgetown, and many more.
Tickets for the P.I.T. are $10 per night or $32 for a tournament pass. Games before 6 p.m. are free. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets or at the Willett Hall box office in Portsmouth (757-393-5460). For more information, visit http://www.portsmouthinvitational.com/.