April 8, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior Dwayne Davis has received a bid to play in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational, which is set for April 10-13 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.
In existence since 1953, the Portsmouth Invitational is one of the preeminent NBA pre-draft camps with approximately 200 NBA representatives in attendance. The four-day tournament consists of 12 games with the 64 invited college seniors playing on eight teams of eight players.
Davis will be playing for Mike Duman Auto Sales' squad in the tournament and will team with Kenny Boynton (Florida), Vincent Council (Providence), Robert Covington (Tennessee State), Richard Howell (North Carolina State), Rodney McGruder (Kansas State), Brock Motum (Washington State) and Aziz N'Diaye (Washington). The team will be coached by Max Gillespie and Jerry Hasty, along with NBA assistant Ruben Patterson.
Davis will begin play in the second game of the tournament on Wednesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. CT against Portsmouth Partnership, which includes Reginald Buckner (Ole Miss) and Larry Drew II (UCLA). The winner of the contest will play in the first semifinal game on Friday, April 12 at 6 p.m., while the loser will play Thursday, April 11 at 2:15 p.m. against the loser of game one. A complete schedule, along with box scores, can be found HERE.
Davis is one of just three players from Conference USA in the Portsmouth Invitational, joining UCF's Keith Clanton and Maurice Kemp of East Carolina.
Davis led the Golden Eagles with 16.0 points, good for seventh in the league. He was also seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.413), 11th in free throw percentage, connecting on 78.7-percent and 14th in field goal percentage (.489)
The Philadelphia, Pa., native scored in double-figures in 27 games and has led the team in scoring 12 times. He also pulled down 4.5 rebounds per game.
"This is obviously a great opportunity for Dwayne," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "He has proven himself to be one of the best players in college basketball, and being invited to play in the Portsmouth Invitational is a testament to what he has accomplished this season."
For more information on the Portsmouth Invitational, please visit the organization's website at PortsmouthInvitational.com.