PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania guard Ibrahim Jaaber has accepted an invitation to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. This year’s event begins Wednesday (April 4) and continues through Saturday, with the games being played at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament -- which is open to the public -- is the nation’s oldest amateur basketball tournament, entering its 55th consecutive year. It is recognized by National Basketball Association (NBA) and European scouts as the premier showcase for future professional players. In fact, more than 200 NBA and foreign scouts are expected to be in attendance, as Portsmouth 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 in Orlando.
Jaaber is one of just 64 college seniors from around the country who will participate in the event; the seniors are split up into eight teams of eight players, and play a tournament format in which each team is guaranteed three games. He is one of just two Ivy League players invited, along with Brian Cusworth of Harvard.
Among the notable seniors who are scheduled to attend, as of Tuesday afternoon (April 3): Chris Richard from national champion Florida; Ron Lewis from NCAA runner-up Ohio State; Jamaal Tatum of Southern Illinois, the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year; Jamar Wilson of Albany, the America East Player of the Year; Stephane Lasme of UMass, the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year; Loren Stokes of Hofstra, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year; and Christian Burns of Philadelphia University, theNCAA Division II Player of the Year.
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Jaaber recently completed his Penn career as a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, just the fifth time in the League’s history such a feat has been accomplished. In leading the Quakers to three-straight Ivy League titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, Jaaber finished his career seventh on Penn’s all-time scoring list and became the Ivy League’s all-time leader in career steals, and his 162 assists this season tied the program's single-season record (originally set by David Klatsky in 2000-01). In addition to his All-Ivy status, Jaaber was an honorable mention Associated Press (AP)All-America and afirst-team All-District selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
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