Record-Courier staff report
Kent State men's basketball senior star Chris Evans has been selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va. from April 10-13.
For the last six decades, the P.I.T. has invited 64 of the best college basketball players from across the country to take part in the four-day, 12-game tournament played in front of representatives from every NBA team and teams from other professional leagues around the globe.
The tournament was founded in 1953, and Evans joins the likes of former Kent State greats Trevor Huffman, Antonio Gates, John Edwards, Al Fisher and Haminn Quaintance who were past invitees to Portsmouth.
"Obviously this invitation is a testament to the hard work Chris Evans has put into his game and to the season that he had as a senior," said Kent State coach Rob Senderoff. "As I've said many times, Chris has improved as much from his junior to his senior year as anyone I can remember who played at Kent State.
"I'm proud of Chris that he is going to get this opportunity. It adds to a long list of guys who have played at Kent State who have gone on to have this opportunity to play at one of the most prestigious pre-draft tournaments in the country."
Evans finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference in both scoring (16.2 per game) and rebounding (7.7) last season, leading the Golden Flashes in both categories while improving on averages of 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his junior year.
Kent State finished the 2012-13 season with a 21-14 record, earning the program's 14th season of 20 or more wins in the last 15 years.