April 8, 2012
Senior forward Julian Mavunga is one of 64 senior players from across the country who will be showcasing their basketball prowess at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va., April 11-14.
Mavunga will play for the Mike Duman team, which is coached by Max Gillespie and Jerry Hasty. Mavunga is penciled to wear No. 13 and will be joined on the team by T.J. Robinson (Long Beach State), Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota), Kyle Weems (Missouri State), Kim English (Missouri), Juan Fernandez (Temple), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh) and Kyle Kuric (Louisville).
Mavunga was a three-time All-MAC and two-time NABC All-District 14 selection for the RedHawks, earning first-team all-conference distinction in 2011 and 2012 and first-team all-district honors in 2012. He became just the fourth player in Miami history to lead the MAC in both scoring (16.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg) in the same season, joining Miami greats Dick Walls, Wayne Embry and Ron Harper. Mavunga broke Miami’s career games played record and finished 13th on Miami’s all-time scoring list.
History of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.)
Each year for 58 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the mid-70's when players like Dave Cowens, John Lucas, Walt Szczerbiak and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 Scouts, General Managers and Representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom.