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Sanders Tabbed for Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
Liberty men's basketball point guard Jesse Sanders has been selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.). The annual four-day tournament in Portsmouth, Va., takes place April 11-14, featuring 64 of the top seniors in college basketball.
"It is very exciting and humbling to be a part of an event that is this prestigious," Sanders stated. "Great players have come through this event. Not only will every NBA team be present watching and scouting, but great Eurocup teams, as well. These are some of the top players from around the country who are competing in this tournament. It is an honor to be considered one of those players and compete with guys that have had such huge success."
Since its inception in 1953, the P.I.T. has drawn the attention of scouts, general managers and representatives from all 30 NBA franchises. Over the years, the tournament has showcased the skills of five of the 50 greatest players in NBA history – Rick Barry, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton and Scottie Pippen.
Sanders closed out the 2011-12 season No. 3 in the country in assists with 8.0 per game. In addition to leading the Big South in helpers, Sanders finished fifth in rebounds (7.8 rpg) and 21st in scoring (12.5 ppg). With his stellar performance on the year, the floor general garnered his second consecutive first team Big South All-Conference honor.
Sanders made history on several occasions throughout the 2011-12 campaign. In a regular-season matchup against 2012 Big South champion UNC Asheville (Jan. 7), the senior recorded 10 assists to surpass Radford's Amir Johnson (2007-10) as the Big South's all-time assist leader. Three weeks later, Sanders broke a 32-year old record held by Karl Hess (1977-1980) to become Liberty's all-time assist leader.
Sanders became the first player in Division I history to record a triple-double in each of his four collegiate seasons, posting 14 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in Liberty's 84-78 win at High Point (Jan. 21). The point guard is the only player in Big South history to have four career triple-doubles and at least 1,000 points (1,235), 800 rebounds (815) and 700 assists (727). Sanders finished his Liberty career 15th in school history in scoring, fifth all-time in rebounds and first in assists.
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