Lucas to Play at Portsmouth Tournament This Week

April 4, 2005

Corvallis - Oregon State University senior forward David Lucas will be in Portsmouth, Va., this week to take part in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-NBA Draft gathering of 64 of the nation's top senior men's basketball players.

Lucas hopes the camp will help elevate his status in the eyes of the many NBA scouts that will be in attendance.

'The camp is going to set the tone,' Lucas said. 'I have to go out and play well. If I do that, I'll put myself in a good position. I'm going out there to work hard and to try to put up good numbers on offense and defense. I've been working out to get ready for the camp. I want to go out and have fun, and just do what I do.'

Opening-round games will be played on Wednesday and Thursday. The semifinals are Friday and the championship game is on Saturday. There are eight teams with eight players on each squad. Each team is guaranteed at least two games.

The other members of Lucas' team, 'Holiday Inn Portsmouth,' are: Jared Homan (Iowa State), Mustafa Al-Sayyad (Fresno State), Mike Bell (Florida Atlantic), Pat Carroll (St. Joe's), Darren Brooks (Southern Illinois), David Logan (Indianapolis) and Filiberto Rivera (UTEP). All eight players were all-conference selections, and Bell, Carroll, Brooks and Logan were their conference's player of the year.

Lucas became OSU's first two-time All-Pac-10 first team player since 1993 this past season despite missing the first 10 games of the season with a toe injury. He averaged team highs of 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds and helped OSU to its first winning season since 1989-90. He surpassed the 1,000-point margin for his career in his final game.

According to the PIT website, nearly 50 players on NBA rosters in 2004 had taken part in the tournament.

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