Randle Named MVP of Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
April 13, 2010
BERKELEY - Former California guard Jerome Randle was named the Most Valuable Player of the 58th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which was held from April 7-10, at the Churchland Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va. Randle led all players in the tournament with 8.6 assists per game, averaging two more apg than the second-place leader. Fellow former standouts for the Golden Bears, Patrick Christopher and Theo Robertson also participated in the tournament.
Randle, the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year and an Associated Press All-American honorable mention selection, led his team to the final of the tournament before losing in the championship game. He averaged 13.7 ppg for the tournament, which ranked 15th among all players. In three games played, he shot 17-for-36 from the field, good for a percentage of .472 that ranked 22nd in the tournament. His average of 2.0 steals per game was tied for sixth best in the field. As Cal's all-time leading three-point shooter for treys made in a career and a season, Randle finished 5-for-14 from behind the arc for the tournament.
Christopher shot 6-for-13 (.462) from three-point range that ranked fifth-best among all players. Robertson shot 6-for-8 from the free throw line and collected five steals. He tied for third in the tournament for three-point percentage at 5-for-10 (.500). Robertson is Cal's career best three-point shooter at .440.
The P.I.T. has always claimed to be 'more than a basketball tournament.' Each year the P.I.T. contributes back to the community by awarding scholarships to student athletes from Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. In 2008, there were seven scholarships awarded, six for $3,000 each and one for $3,500 each. Another $10,000 was given to local non-profit organizations and charities to help them make a difference in the local community, creating a grand total of $31,500 given back the community. The contributions and scholarships have risen significantly over the years thanks to the support of local sponsors, advertisers, ticket sales, the City of Portsmouth and the NBA.
Randle, Robertson, Christopher and fellow senior Jamal Boykin were all major contributors to Cal winning its first Pac-10 championship in 50 years and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season in 2010.