RICHMOND, Ky. – Nick Mayo has his sights set on playing professional basketball. He will take another step towards that dream by playing in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week in Virginia.
Mayo was one of 64 college basketball seniors from around the country invited to showcase his talents at the annual four-day, 12-game tournament in front of scouts, general managers and representatives from every NBA team, and even some international leagues.
All 64 players who participated last season have played professional basketball in the past year, and 14 have signed with NBA franchises.
Mayo ranked second in the OVC and 10th in the country in scoring (23.7 points-per-game) during the regular season. He also led the OVC in free throw percentage (86.4%), tied for second in blocks-per-game (1.8) and ranked fourth in rebounds-per-game (8.7).
On December 15, The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine posted 25 points, six rebounds and five steals at Xavier. In doing so, he moved past Matt Witt to become EKU’s all-time leading scorer.
Mayo finished his career fifth on the OVC’s all-time scoring list and 145th on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list with 2,316 points.
He is only the second player in the 71-year history of the OVC to be named first team all-conference four times. Western Kentucky’s Ralph Crosthwaite (1954-59) is the other.
The Portsmouth Invitational (PTI) will take place April 17-20 in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Results and recaps from all the games along with the game schedule are available online at: portsmouthinvitational.com.