University of South Dakota senior guard Charlie Westbrook helped lead his team to the consolation championship of the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational over the weekend in Portsmouth, VA. The Portsmouth Invitational showcases the top college basketball seniors for NBA general managers and scouts prior to the June draft.
"The P.I.T. was great," Westbrook said. "I got to compete with really good guys from major universities, had the opportunity to get to know them and show the scouts and general managers I can play at a high level. My agent and I got really good feedback from teams and played point guard there and showed by versatility in scoring or setting up my teammates for better shots. It was a blessing to be invited and have the opportunity to play in front of every NBA decision maker. I feel I really helped myself and, when I go into workouts, I'll have the same mindset to work hard, attack and go after my dream. Overall, this was one of the best experiences of my life."
The P.I.T. invites 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.
Not only is the NBA represented at the Portsmouth Invitational, but scouts from numerous international leagues also are represented. Over the years, the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA history including Rick Barry, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton and Scottie Pippen and many others who have gone on to NBA stardom.
Westbrook, a native of Milwaukee, WS, averaged 12.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as his Norfolk Sports Club team went 2-1 in the tournament. Westbrook led the team in minutes with 90 and a 30.0 clip per game. He went 16 of 39 from the field (.410) and 1 of 3 from beyond the arc. He made 4 of 7 charity tosses and led the team with six steals. Westbrook finished tied for fifth in the tournament in steals with six. He was ninth in the tournament in minutes played.
Summit League players Dominique Morrison of Oral Roberts (10.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and Alex Young of IUPUI (11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) also were on Westbrook's team, along with Agustus Gilchrist of South Florida, Wendell McKines of New Mexico State, Mitchell Watt of Buffalo, Dee Bost of Mississippi State and Braydon Hobbs of Bellarmine.
Westbrook and the Norfolk Sports Club team opened the tournament with a tough 88-76 loss to the Portsmouth Sports Club team which went on to finish runner-up with a 92-87 loss to Roger Brown's team in the championship. Westbrook opened the tournament going 6 of 16 from the field for 15 points in 31 minutes against the Portsmouth team.
The Norfolk Sports Club came right back with an 80-67 win over K&D Rounds Landscaping as Westbrook and Young tied for the team lead with 15 points each. Westbrook went 7 of 12 from the field in the game, with three steals in 28 minutes off the bench. The team then finished the tournament with its most dominating performance of the tournament with an 88-71 win over Sales Systems LTD.
Following the Portsmouth Invitational, Westbrook will go down to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, where he will work out beginning May 1. The IMG Academy is one of the top places in the country for pre-draft training and a majority of top draft picks will be there.
Westbrook played and started all 28 games for the Coyotes and all 58 for his career after transferring to South Dakota from Iowa Western Community College. Westbrook became the 23rd player under Coyote head coach Dave Boots, and 42nd in school history, to reach the 1,000-point mark as he ended his career with 1,009 points. He is the first two-year, junior college player under Boots to score 1,000 points.
He led the team in field goals made with 183 and shot .464 from the field, while knocking down 37 triples and had a team-high 121 made free throws. He averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and led the team with 48 steals to go along with 24 blocks and 62 assists. Westbrook became the first Coyote to earn all-conference honors in the Summit League as he was named to the second team in 2012.
Westbrook finished the season ranked sixth in the conference in scoring at 18.7 points and second in steals at 1.7 per game. He led the Coyotes in scoring 15 times this season with 26 double figure scoring games.
Westbrook scored more than 20 points 10 times and had three 30-point performances, with a career-best 35-point output versus IPFW Feb. 23. He became the first Coyote to earn all-conference honors in the Summit League this season after scoring 32 points versus IUPUI Jan. 19.
For his career, he had an impressive 48 double figure scoring games with 25 games leading the team in scoring. Twenty-three times he scored more than 20 points.