NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men's basketball senior Lamont Jones made his debut at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Wednesday night. Jones scored eight points and dished out three assists in 24 minutes off the bench for Norfolk Sports Club.
Norfolk dropped a 91-67 decision to K&D Roundscaping. Jones' squad could not overcome a 51-22 halftime deficit. Iowa State swing man Will Clyburn led Norfolk Sports club with 25 points. Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley had a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double.
Also joining Jones on the squad for the three-game tournament in Virginia are 6-10 Hawaii center Vander Joaquim, East Carolina forward Maurice Kemp, NC State forward Scott Wood, Illinois guard D.J. Richardson and Ohio University point guard D.J. Cooper.
K&D was led by six double-digit scoring efforts including 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists by BYU's Brandon Davies.
Jones joins Siena's O.D. Anosike as representatives from the MAAC this year in Portsmouth. It is the second straight year Iona had a participant in the event as graduate Mike Glover attended the 2012 invitational.
Each year for 60 years the Portsmouth Invitational has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve 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.
Norfolk Sports Club is back in action Thursday afternoon at 3:15 pm and completes action Saturday.