Penn State Hoops’ Josh Reaves To Play In Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Penn State men’s basketball’s Josh Reaves and 63 other college basketball seniors will showcase their skills to NBA and international leagues’ scouts at this year’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Reaves’ first game in the tournament is slated for 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament was established in 1953, and its 12 games are played over the course of four days. All teams participating will play in a bracket format for a chance to play in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
Some fairly big names in basketball history have played in the Portsmourth Invitational. John Stockton and Scottie Pippen were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and they played at the tournament before starting of their storied NBA careers. Philadelphia 76ers star Jimmy Butler also played at the tournament before he became a first-round draft pick in 2011.
Reaves is the fourth Penn Stater in the last 10 years to land a spot on the roster, following in the footsteps of D.J. Newbill (2015), current Milwaukee Bucks point guard Tim Frazier (2014), and Talor Battle (2011).
The guard was named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive Team twice in his career, and he won the conference’s defensive player of the year honor last season. He became the only player in Big Ten history to lead the conference in steals for three consecutive seasons. His 250 career steals rank second in Penn State history and seventh in Big Ten history.
When all was said and done, Reaves scored 1,079 points, pulled down 540 rebounds, and added 310 assists by the end of his collegiate career. He scored a career-best 26 points and 11 rebounds against Illinois in his final home game with Penn State this season.
You can catch Reaves in the tournament streaming live on Netcast Sports.
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