Brown Named To Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team
Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown

April 13, 2013

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Out of 64 college basketball seniors, Illinois State senior guard Tyler Brown is one of just 12 players to earn a spot on the Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team, announced at the tournament's conclusion Saturday night.

The 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.) showcased some of the top seniors in the nation in front of NBA scouts, at Churchland High School.

Through his three games as a member of the Portsmouth Partnership, Brown ranked third in scoring among the 64 players, with 19.7 points averaged, and he amassed a tournament-high 4.3 three-pointers per game. The Owensboro, Ky., native also tied for sixth-most steals (2.0) and eighth-most assists (4.7).

Brown saved his best performance for last, netting a game-high 27 points in the Portsmouth Partnership's 94-89 loss to Cherry Bekaert Saturday night. He scored seven three pointers on a 7-for-11 (63.6 percent) performance from beyond the arc, and 9-for-14 performance from the field. Brown also grabbed five rebounds, with two assists and two steals.

In his team's Friday night, 82-79, loss to eventual tournament-champion K. & D. Round's Landscaping, Brown poured in a game-best 24 points, with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was also 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Brown began the tournament Wednesday with a game-high eight assists, plus eight points and four rebounds to lead the Portsmouth Partnership to an opening-round win, 90-89, over Mike Duman Auto Sales.

Brown was one of three Missouri Valley Conference players participating in the 2013 P.I.T., joining Wichita State's Carl Hall and Evansville's Colt Ryan. The tournament's 64 players were divided into eight teams. Hall, who ranked second in field goal percentage and fourth in rebounding, was also named to the All-P.I.T. Team.

Brown recently finished his senior season as Illinois State's leading scorer, ranking third in the Valley with 18.1 points per game. He was also second in the league with 2.5 three-pointers per game and fourth with an 80.6 percent free throw average. For his efforts, Brown was named to the 2013 All-Valley Second Team, he garnered National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 16 accolades, and he made it to the championship round of the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker Competition.

At Northern Iowa (March 2), Brown became the 41st member of Illinois State's 1,000-point club. He netted double-figures in 27 games as a senior, and Brown finished his career ranked sixth on the career three-point percentage list (42.0) and sixth on the career three-pointers made list (159). Brown and the Redbirds went 18-15 overall and 8-10 in the Valley, with the season ending in a loss to Final Four qualifier Wichita State in the semifinals of the Valley Tournament.

For 60 years the P.I.T. has annually invited 64 of the best senior college basketball players from across the nation to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA scouts and general managers in the mid-1970's. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 scouts, general managers and representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today, scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth.

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