Lucas Shines at Portsmouth Tournament

April 11, 2005

Corvallis - Oregon State University senior forward David Lucas made the all-tournament team, averaged 14.3 points and helped his team to a second-place finish at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-NBA Draft gathering of 64 of the nation's top senior men's basketball players, last weekend in Portsmouth, Va.

'It was a great experience,' Lucas said. 'There was a lot of competition. I enjoyed myself. It was even more intense than Pac-10 games because everyone out there wants to play for a living.

'I spoke to a lot of agents, who told me what they thought, told me what the scouts thought. They told me what they liked and what I need to improve. I'm obviously not going to play the post in the NBA. They've talked to me about playing the 3 and the 4, so that's what I'm going to work on.'

In Saturday's championship game, Lucas' Holiday Inn Portsmouth squad lost to Portsmouth Sports Club, 101-91. Lucas had a team-high 18 points in 30 minutes, and shot 8-for-12 from the floor while adding six rebounds, two assists and three steals.

In a semifinal on Friday, Lucas' squad bested Norfolk Sports Club, 99-90. He had 11 points and three rebounds in 27 minutes.

In the first game of the tournament on Wednesday, Holiday Inn Portsmouth beat Sales Systems Ltd., 109-102 in overtime. Lucas had 14 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.

He started the final two games after coming off the bench in the first game.

Lucas has been invited to take part in the Jersey Shore Invitational Tournament, another gathering of the nation's top senior basketball players, from April 27-30 in Toms River, N.J. Also, on April 30 at Westview High School in Portland, he is slated to play in an all-star game featuring top college seniors from the states of Oregon and Washington against the Portland Elite Legends, an AAU team consisting of many of the area's top high school players.

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

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