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O.D. Anosike Headed to Portsmouth

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Update:

4/12 OD Anosike with a double-double in his 2nd game at Portsmouth 13 points 10 rebounds with 3 assists 1 block 1 steal in 68-67 win

4/11 In his first game at Portsmouth, OD Anosike turned in a solid performance as a starter scoring 14 points (6-9 FG) with 8 rebounds in a 91-64 win.

Despite a disappointing season for the Saints, Siena’s O.D. Anosike’s personal accomplishments on the court did not go unnoticed. After becoming only the eighth player in NCAA Division 1 history to lead the nation in rebounding twice in his career, Anosike earned an invitation to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

For six decades, the P.I.T. has annually invited 64 of the top collegiate seniors from across the nation. The event provides opportunity for players to showcase their abilities in front of scouts the NBA and several international leagues. Five players from the 2012 PIT class are currently in the NBA.

Anosike will be competing on the Roger Brown’s Restaurant squad, opening competition Thursday at 7 pm. Joining Anosike on the roster are: Tony Woods (Oregon), Carl Hall (Wichita State), A.J. Davis (James Madison), Travis Releford (Kansas), Chase Tapley (San Diego State), and Ramon Galloway (La Salle) . Peyton Silva, fresh off of winning the National Championship with Louisville, had originally planned to attend the event and was placed on the Roger Brown’s roster, but he has since decided not to attend the event. He has been replaced on the roster by North Carolina’s Dexter Strickland.

Anosike is the latest of several Saints to attend the event. Most recently, Ryan Rossiter participated in 2011. Other Saints to have attended include: Kenny Hasbrouck, Alex Franklin, Edwin Ubiles, Antoine Jordan, Prosper Karangwa, Dwayne Archbold and Marcus Faison.

About the Portsmouth Invitational:
Each year for 60 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, 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.

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