PORTSMOUTH, Va.--Departing senior guard Carlon Brown participated in the 60th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from April 11-14, competing against some of the best players in college basketball as he helped lead his team to the tournament's championship.
Playing for Roger Brown's (a team sponsored by a local restaurant), Brown averaged 10.0 points per three games on 40.6 percent shooting from the field (13-of-32) and 40.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc (2-of-5). He also averaged 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His team was led in scoring by Wichita State center Garrett Stutz (14.7 points per game).
"I thought our team played well together and we were all very unselfish, which I believe led to us winning the whole thing," Brown said. "As far as my play is concerned, I wish I would have made more shots and had fewer turnovers. But overall, I thought it was a good experience for me."
Roger Brown's went 3-0 over the four-day tournament, defeating Portsmouth Sports Club 92-87 in the title game. Held every year in Portsmouth since 1953, the P.I.T. invites 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the country to form eight teams and compete in a 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. Notable alumni include NBA legends Rick Barry, Earl Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, and Scottie Pippen.
One professional scout in attendance this year at Portsmouth provided the following evaluation of Brown: "He has a very good feel for the game of basketball. Much like he did at Colorado this season, he showed that he is athletic and he has the ability to make plays for both himself and his teammates."
"And most importantly, he once again proved that he is a winner. His stats may not have been as gaudy as some of the other players in this year's P.I.T., but he played within the team format the entire week and was a major part of his squad winning the championship. I think Carlon definitely helped himself from an NBA standpoint this past weekend."
Brown led CU by averaging 12.6 points per game this past season and was named Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player after helping the Buffs to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003 by winning the Pac-12's automatic bid. Brown then scored 12 points, including a late dunk that helped seal the victory and was featured in "One Shining Moment," as CU beat UNLV 68-64 for the Buffs' first tourney win since 1997.
Prior to Brown, the most recent Buff to compete in the P.I.T. was Marcus Hall in 2008.