PORTSMOUTH, Va. (MERCER RELEASE) – Mercer senior point guard Langston Hall will begin competition at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament on Wednesday as part of a select 64-member collection of senior college basketball players invited to the nation’s premier professional showcase.
Hall’s invitation to the P.I.T. marks Mercer’s first showing at the event since James Florence earned an invite following the 2009-10 season. For more than 80 years, the P.I.T. has invited the best college basketball seniors to compete over four days in front of representatives from every NBA team.
The 64 players are divided into eight teams that will vie in a 12-game tournament leading up to the championship game on April 19. Hall landed his spot on the Portsmouth Sports Club team, alongside Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame), Jerrelle Benimon (Towson), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Z. Mason (Chattanooga), Dalton Pepper (Temple), Roberto Nelson (Oregon State) and Devon Saddler (Delaware).
Hall’s team is slated to open the event against Roger Brown’s Restaurant on Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament fund five $4,000 scholarships to student-athletes from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Also, approximately $11,500 is given each year to local non-profit organizations and charities in the Portsmouth area.
Numerous NBA players have played in the P.I.T. since the tournament’s inception in 1953. Notable alumni include John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Dave Cowens.