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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior guard Troy Huff accepted an invitation to play in the 62nd Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is a prestigious event held at the end of each college basketball season. Huff will be one of 64 seniors from across the NCAA participating in the event that is held annually in Portsmouth, Virginia.
The four-day event will be held from April 16-19 this year and feature 12 games played in front of representatives from all 32 National Basketball Association teams.
“I am grateful and honored that the committee chose to invite me to this tournament,” Huff said. “It will be a lot of fun and a great challenge to play against and see how I stack up with some of the top seniors from across the country. From there, I want to continue to work hard and pray that my lifelong dream of playing professional basketball comes true.”
Huff wrapped up his four-year career at UND as the program’s all-time Division I scoring leader with 2,005 points – a total which is third overall in program history. Huff also finished seventh all-time in rebounding with 750 and was second in steals with 228.
The Milwaukee native was a unanimous first team All-Big Sky selection each of the past two seasons and helped lead UND to four consecutive postseason appearances in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
“This is a great honor for Troy and for our program,” UND head coach Brian Jones said. “This will be an opportunity for him to showcase his talents in front of NBA scouts and scouts from overseas clubs as well. We are excited for him that his dream of playing professionally is now in motion and that much closer to becoming a reality.”
Huff reached double figures in 102 of his 125 career games at UND and made the all-tournament team at all four of UND’s postseason conference tournaments during his career (2010 Great West, 2011 Great West, 2012 Big Sky and 2013 Big Sky). He was UND’s first Division I All-American after being named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American Team as a junior and also earned NABC All-District 6 honors in 2013 and 2014.
“I had a great four years at North Dakota and I do want to thank my teammates and coaches for putting me in a position to be able to play professional basketball,” Huff added.
Huff will find out who his teammates are for this year’s PIT in the days leading up to the event. The last North Dakota basketball player to participate in the event was Jerome Beasley, who earned tournament MVP honors in 2003. Beasley went on to be drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat (33rd overall).
— Go UND —