Missouri State's Weems Selected to Attend Portsmouth Invitational

April 10, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, Va.  -- Missouri State senior Kyle Weems is one of a handful of college basketball seniors selected to play in this week's annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, the premier showcase event for pro hopefuls.

Every year since 1953, the PIT has invited 64 of the best college seniors from around the nation to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of every NBA team.  The players are divided into eight teams, each including eight NBA hopefuls. Every team plays three games.

Weems will be playing for the Mike Duman team, coached by Max Gillespie and Jerry Hasty. The team includes Louisville's Kyle Kuric, Missouri's Kim English and Long Beach State's T.J. Robinson, along with Weems, Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), Juan Fernandez (Temple), Julian Mavunga (Miami-Ohio) and Ralph Sampson III (Minnesota).
The Duman team will play its first game on Thursday at 8 p.m. (Central) against the Portsmouth Partnership, which includes Tulsa's Steven Idlet, Cincinnati's Yancy Gates and VCU's Bradford Burgess among others.

"For me to be able to showcase my talent on that type of level is an extreme honor," Weems said. "I am just looking forward to getting after it and hopefully impressing some people along the way."

Weems and Wichita State's Garrett Stutz are the only two Missouri Valley Conference representatives in this year's PIT.

A native of Topeka, Kan., Weems finished No. 2 on the Missouri State career scoring list (1,868) and tops in program history in games played (134) and double-figure scoring games (110). He also finished among the Bears' all-time top five performers in rebounds (844), minutes (3,981), field goals (681), field goal attempts (1,550), three-pointers (240), three-point attempts (641), blocked shots (114) and steals (146). He is the only player in Missouri Valley Conference history to score 1,800 points, collect 800 rebounds and hit 200 three-pointers. He was a six-time MVC Player of the Week, 24-time Coors Player of the Week, and three-time all-conference honoree. 



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