It’s one of the most prestigious pre-NBA Draft events in the country, and two of TCU’s best basketball players will be competing in it this week.
Seniors Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams were selected to be two of the 64 NBA prospects to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, held annually in Portsmouth, VA as part of the pre-draft evaluation process.
The players are divided into eight teams. Brodziansky will play for Portsmouth Sports Club and begin Thursday at 6 p.m. CT and Williams will be on the Norfolk Sports Club, which begins Thursday at 8 p.m. CT. Joining the two former Frogs are fellow Big 12 players Zach Smith (Texas Tech), Jeffrey Carrol (Oklahoma State), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, and Manu Lecomte (Baylor). A couple of big names, such as Ben Lammers of Georgia Tech, Jaylen Adams of St. Bonaventure, and Elijah Brown of Oregon also made the cut.
Brodziansky averaged 15.0 points per game in his final season as a Frog, finishing his career with over 1,000 points in his career. Vlad tied the all-time mark for career blocks this season with 171, and finishes with the fourth highest field goal percentage all time (55.8%). The All-Big 12 Conference honoree will graduate this May, as will his teammate Williams. Kenny Hustle, one of the most beloved players to come through Funky Town, also finished his career as a thousand point scorer, averaging close to a double-double as a senior with 13.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game - the second highest mark in the conference. His 13 double-doubles in 2017-2018 was the second highest mark in the Big 12, and helped him rack up an impressive 34 in his career.
You can learn more about the PIT, courtesy of Go Frogs:
Each year for 65 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the 1970’s when players like Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Lucas and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. 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. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl ‘The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler.
Congrats to Vlad and Kenny Hustle as they look to make their mark in front of the NBA scouts!