April 6, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It is that time of year when former college basketball players are invited to All-Star tournaments across the country to showcase their talents for professional scouts. University of Wyoming senior point guard Jay Straight is one of those select few who received an invitation to one of the most prestigious of those All-Star events -- the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) in Portsmouth, Va.
The 2005 Portsmouth Invitational will feature a total of 64 of the nation's top players on eight, eight-man teams. The schedule of games begins on Wednesday, April 6 and runs through Saturday, April 9, with the championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Eastern Time (5:30 p.m., Mountain Time) on Saturday the 9th.
Straight is a member of the Tidewater Sealants team, which will also feature Jawad Williams of 2005 NCAA National Champion North Carolina and Alan Anderson of 2005 Final Four participant Michigan State. The Tidewater Sealant team is scheduled to play its first game of the tournament on Thursday, April 7 vs. the Norfolk Naval Shipyard team that will feature University of Kansas senior point guard Aaron Miles and Wisconsin-Milwaukee standout Ed McCants.
Other top players invited to this year's Portsmouth Invitational include: Chuck Hayes of Kentucky, Jackie Manuel of North Carolina, Ivan McFarlin of Oklahoma State, Taylor Coppenrath and T.J. Sorrentine both of Vermont and Filiberto Rivera of UTEP.
The University of Wyoming has a long history of having its players invited to the Portsmouth Invitational. The former Cowboys who have played in previous Portsmouth Invitationals include: Reggie Slater in 1992, Theo Ratliff in 1995, Anthony Blakes in 2000, Josh Davis in 2002 and in 2003 Uche Nsonwu-Amadi was invited to participate but played in the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star game instead.
Among former NBA players who have participated in the Portsmouth Tournament through the years include: Scottie Pippen of Central Arkansas and the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton formerly of Gonzaga University and the Utah Jazz, John Lucas of the University of Maryland and the Houston Rockets and current Detroit Piston Ben Wallace of Virginia Union University.
A schedule of games and box scores from the 2005 Portsmouth Invitational can be found at www.PortsmouthInvitational.com