Portsmouth, Va. - University of Missouri senior guard Clarence Gilbert led his team to a win Thursday at the Portsmouth Invitational, as he scored 9 points and dished out a game-high 6 assists in M.D. Design's 83-81 win over Norfolk Sports Club.
Gilbert, who averaged 17.0 points per game for MU this season and led the Tigers to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, connected on 3-of-6 three pointers in the game Thursday, and added 5 rebounds in 33 minutes.
His team, which features Aaron McGhee of Oklahoma, Chris Burgess of Utah and Chris Williams of Virginia, among others, will play again Friday as the tournament continues.
The Portsmouth Invitational is a pre-NBA Draft tournament held each year in Portsmouth, Va. The tournament is in its 50th year, and features the top seniors from around the country. The P.I.T. has a long legacy as a stepping stone for college seniors to springboard into the NBA. Past greats such as Rick Barry, Dave Cowens, and Earl "The Pearl " Monroe used the P.I.T. as a ticket to the NBA. Current NBA players John Stockton, Scottie Pippen and Tim Hardaway are a few more examples of college seniors who made a name for themselves in Portsmouth.