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Towson F Benimon to participate in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Posted on 15 April 2014 by WNST Staff

JERRELLE BENIMON TO PARTICIPATE IN PORTSMOUTH INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Towson standout set to compete in front of NBA and international team executives 

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Towson senior Jerrelle Benimon has been invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT), which runs from April 16-19 and is held at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.

The PIT invites the top seniors from across the country to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of NBA and international team executives.

Benimon has been assigned to the Portsmouth Sports Club team along with Dalton Pepper of Temple, Garrick Sherman of Notre Dame, Roberto Nelson of Oregon State, Justin Jackson of Cincinnati, Devon Saddler of Delaware, Z. Mason of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Langston Hall of Mercer.

“It’s an honor to be picked for this event,” said Benimon. “Looking through each team’s roster and knowing that I’m going to be competing against the top seniors in the country is really exciting. I’ve been working out hard since the end of the season and I’m excited to get back onto the court and play.”

Benimon, who was recently named Most Valuable Player of the Reese’s College All-Star Game at the Final Four, is coming off one of the best individual seasons in Towson history. The two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year led the Tigers in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (11.2 rpg) and assists (3.6 apg).

An NABC All-District 10 first-team honoree, Benimon guided Towson to a Division I school-record 25 wins during the 2013-14 season, including a pair of victories in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The forward ranked second in the NCAA in rebounding and third in double-doubles (21).

More information, including a complete schedule of games and team rosters, can be found at www.portsmouthinvitational.com.

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Former Loyola F Etherly receiving Draft attention

Posted on 09 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Etherly Named Alternate For Portsmouth Invitational

 

BALTIMORE – Just two weeks after concluding his collegiate career at Loyola University Maryland, forward Erik Etherly has been selected as an alternate at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

 

Known as The “PIT”, the event is the only postseason camp that is open to college seniors only. It is used by NBA and European scouts as a proving ground for future professional players.

 

As an alternate, Etherly will attend The PIT but is not yet guaranteed a spot on a team.
Etherly was a two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team member, earning the honors in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 as Loyola won a combined 47 games and advanced to the postseason in consecutive season for the first time in the program’s Division I history.

 

This season, Etherly averaged 15.7 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game in 30 contests, helping the Greyhounds to a 23-12 record and berth in the CollegeInsider.com  Postseason Tournament.

 

He earned National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District I Second Team honors for the second year in a row, the first Loyola player to do so.

 

Etherly earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications in December 2012 and then scored his 1,000th career point weeks later in a January game at Fairfield. Over the final seven games of the regular-season, he had five games with 22 or more points, including three in a row with 23-plus.

 

The native of Alexandria, Va., finished his three years at Loyola – he transferred to the Baltimore school in 2009 after playing his freshman season at Northeastern University – with 1,245 points, 669 rebounds, 140 assists, 121 steals and 114 blocked shots.

 

Loyola won 62 games in the three years he was on the court, and Etherly leaves the school as the No. 20 scorer in program history. He also finished 10th in both rebounds and steals and fourth in blocked shots.

 

This 2013 PIT will take place April 10-13 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

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