PORTSMOUTH, Va.--Six Atlantic 10 Conference men’s basketball student-athletes have been selected to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) later this week.
Peyton Aldridge (Davidson), B.J. Johnson (La Salle), Jared Terrell (Rhode Island), Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Matt Mobley (St. Bonaventure) and Justin Tillman (VCU) were all chosen for the PIT. A showcase for seniors who have completed their college eligibility, the PIT will be played April 11-14 at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.
Counting 2018, the Atlantic 10 has sent 34 players to the PIT in the last six years, and in that same timeframe, there have been five or more A-10 players invited each year. Atlantic 10 players that have played in the PIT that have gone on to play in the NBA include Langston Galloway (Saint Joseph's), Tyler Cavanaugh (George Washington) and Cady Lalanne (UMass).
Both Aldridge and Tillman will play on the Cherry Bekaert team.
Aldridge, the 2018 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, finished his standout career behind Stephen Curry (2,635) and John Gerdy (2,483) on Davidson's all-time scoring list with 2,171 career points, which is also fifth in league history. In 2017-18, Aldridge led the A-10 in scoring at 21.2 points per game, while grabbing 7.6 rebounds and shooting 85.1 percent from the line. The 6-8 forward reached double figures in 42 straight games dating back to last season, hitting the 20-point plateau 16 times and 30-point mark five. In addition, Aldridge ranks among the program's all-time leaders in rebounds (892/3rd), 3-pointers made (239/6th), free-throw percentage (.827/5th), blocks (116/3rd) and starts (130/1st). A three-time all-conference performer, Aldridge led Davidson (21-12) to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Tournament title and program's 14th NCAA Tournament appearance. During his four-year standout career, the Wildcats posted an 82-48 overall record, 45-27 conference mark, won a regular season title, a conference tournament crown and appeared in three postseason tournaments (2015 & 2018 NCAA Tournament / 2016 NIT). A participant in the 2018 NABC Reese's All-Star game, Aldridge is the 12th player in program history and sixth under head coach Bob McKillop to earn All-America honors.
Tillman put together a historic senior season, earning a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Conference First Team, as well as to the All-Defensive Team. The 6-8, 220-pound Tillman averaged a career-high 18.9 points per game, which was fifth-best in the A-10, and a league-high 9.9 rebounds per game. Tillman is shot .557 from the field, including .329 (27-of-82) from 3-point range. He also blocked 34 shots this year for the Rams. This season Tillman produced 17 double-doubles, the most by a Ram since Bernard Hopkins recorded 18 during the 1995-96 campaign. Along the way, the Detroit native climbed to 19th on VCU's career scoring list and third on the school's all-time rebounding chart. He topped 20 points in 18 games this season, including a career-high 37 in an overtime win over Dayton on Feb. 10. Last season, Tillman was named Third Team All-Atlantic 10, and prior to this year, he was named to the league's Preseason First Team.
Johnson will play for Mike Duman Auto Sales. He is the first La Salle player since Ramon Galloway in 2013 to accept an invitation to the pre-NBA Draft tournament. The 6-7 forward was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 following a 2017-18 season that saw him average 20.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in all 27 contests, including 17 games with 20 or more points. The Philadelphia native finished his two-year career with the Explorers with 1,070 points to rank 47th on La Salle's career scoring list. He was named to the Hall of Fame Tip-Off and Belfast Classic All-Tournament Teams in 2017-18, and was also selected Second Team NABC All-District for the second straight season.
Terrell is a member of the K&D Rounds Landscaping team. Hewas consistently great for the Rams, averaging 16.8 points per game overall and 17.7 points per game in conference play. He scored in double figures in 30 out of 34 games, topped 15 points 20 times and reached 20 or more points in 12 games. Terrell led the team in points (572). He also led the Rams in free throw percentage, 3-point baskets and minutes played. He was second on the team in assists and steals, and fourth in rebounds. He was named Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and was the USBWA District I Player of the Year. He led the Rams to the Atlantic 10 regular season title, an NCAA at-large berth and the NCAA Tournament Round of 32, after a win over Oklahoma.
Adams is a member of the Roger Brown’s Restaurant team, while Mobley will play for the Portsmouth Sports Club Team. Adams and Mobley led St. Bonaventure to a 26-8 record, an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament and a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 this season. The Bonnies' 26 wins set the school record and their win over UCLA in the First Four was the program's first NCAA victory since 1970.
Adams was the fourth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 19.1 points per game. The Baltimore, Md., native also ranked third in the A-10 in assists (5.2 per game) and in three-point field goal percentage (.436), fifth in three-pointers per game (2.7), seventh in steals (1.5) and sixth in free throw percentage (.851). Adams' season included two games of 40-plus points with 40 at Duquesne and a career high 44 against Saint Louis, a game in which he set a school record with 10 three-pointers. He scored in double figures 24 times with 12 games of 20-plus points. Adams was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press. He also earned All-District honors from both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and was chosen the Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Player of the Year. Over his career, Adams was a three-time, first team All-Conference selection. He is the top scoring guard in school history with 1,912 points. He also ranks second on the team's all-time list for three-pointers (270) and third in assists (590). For the second year, Mobley teamed with Adams to give the Bonnies one of the top backcourts in the country. Mobley was the sixth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 at 18.1 points per game. He had 15 games with 20 points or more including three 30-point games. Mobley set a program record with 105 three-pointers. The Worcester, Mass., native also averaged 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Over his two seasons with the Bonnies, Mobley scored 1,209 points. Mobley was named to the All-Conference first team this year and the third team as a junior.
Now in its 66th year of existence, the four-day, 12-game tournament is played in front of representatives from the NBA and European leagues. Fans can watch live streaming of all games, plus combine testing on the mornings of April 11 and 12, through the event's website – portsmouthinvitational.com.