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Three CAA Players To Participate In Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Apr 9, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Delaware's Jamelle Hagins

James Madison guard A.J. Davis, Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins and Old Dominion forward DeShawn Painter will be three of 64 seniors nationwide to participate in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which will be held April 10-13 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Representatives of all 30 NBA teams will be on hand for the four-day, 12-game event in the Tidewater region of Virginia in one of the top showcases for college seniors leading up to the NBA Draft and the nation’s oldest amateur basketball tournament dating back to 1953.

Davis will suit up for Roger Brown’s Restaurant and is one of seven players on his eight-member squad to participate in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. He will play alongside guard Travis Releford of Kansas, guard Chase Tapley of San Diego State, guard Ramon Galloway of La Salle, forward Carl Hall of Final Four participant Wichita State, forward O.D. Anosike of Siena and center Tony Woods of Oregon.

Hagins will compete for Portsmouth Partnership in the PIT. His teammates include Jake Cohen of Davidson, Stan Okoye of VMI, Tyler Brown of Illinois State, Larry Drew II of UCLA, Reginald Buckner of Ole Miss, Chris Evans of Kent State and Kevin Dillard of Dayton.

Davis caught fire down the stretch,  beginning with 27 points in a home win over William and Mary. He averaged 20 points per game in the season’s final 12 games, including a career-best 36 points in a road win over the Tribe in early March.

In the CAA Championship, Davis poured in 20 points in the first round against William and Mary, added 16 points in a semifinal win over Delaware and capped the weekend with 26 points in the title bout vs. Northeastern to claim CAA Most Outstanding Player honors.  He played an integral role in JMU picking up its first league title since 1994 in its first title-game appearance since 1997.

Davis went on to post 20 points in a NCAA First Four win over LIU Brooklyn, JMU’s first NCAA win in 30 years dating back to 1983.  In addition to his CAA MVP honor, he was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Sixth Man of the Year in the CAA by CollegeHoopsDaily.com.

Hagins earned second-team All-CAA honors for the second straight season and was also selected as the CAA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13. The forward contributed 11.6 points per game and ranked seventh in the nation in rebounding with 10.7 rpg this season. He also topped the conference in blocked shots (2.4 bpg) and was second in field goal percentage (54.6%).

Hagins is the all-time leader in rebounds (1,078) and blocked shots (292) at Delaware and ranks fourth in CAA history in rebounds and third in blocks. He is one of only eight players in CAA history to compile 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Painter led ODU in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.4 rpg) in his first season with the Monarchs after transferring from N.C. State. He recorded 11 double-doubles, which was the fourth-best total in the CAA.

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