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2012 NBA Draft: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Could Feature Lots Of Big East Players

Draft Express picks out a projected field of 64 for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which some top college players use to showcase themselves for the NBA Draft and for European teams. Pitt's Ashton Gibbs is on the list, along with a bunch of other Big East players: Cincinnati's Yancy Gates, Georgetown's Henry Sims and Jason Clark, Seton Hall's Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore, USF's Gus Gilchrist, Syracuse's Scoop Jardine, and Louisville's Kyle Kuric.

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The PIT isn't typically for the very best NBA Draft prospects, but Draft Express explains that there is good value to be found there.

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The list of current NBA players who played at Portsmouth is fairly solid, proving that NBA scouts can find legitimate prospects if they look hard enough year after year. That list includes the likes of Jeremy Lin, Landry Fields, Jimmy Butler, Wesley Matthews, Carl Landry, Chuck Hayes, Jose Juan Barea, Derek Fisher, Ben Wallace, James Jones, Matt Barnes, John Salmons, Jason Maxiell, Jon Brockman and DeMarre Carroll, amongst others.

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Draft Express anticipates that West Virginia's Kevin Jones has done enough to solidify his NBA Draft prospects, and therefore won't be attending the PIT. Marquette's Jae Crowder and Syracuse's Kris Joseph will likely skip it as well.

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The official list of attendees should be available shortly after the NCAA Tournament is over. The PIT will take place April 11 to 14.

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Via Big East Coast Bias.

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