April 4, 2008
PORTSMOUTH, VA. - Saint Joseph's forward Pat Calathes will participate in the 56th annual Portsmouth Invitational from April 9 to 12, as one of 64 seniors in the showcase for outstanding men's college basketball players.
Calathes will be joined by eight other players from the Atlantic 10 - Stanley Burrell, Josh Duncan and Drew Lavender (Xavier); Parfait Bitee (Rhode Island); Bryant Dunston (Fordham); Gary Forbes (UMass); Brian Roberts (Dayton); and Mark Tyndale (Temple).
Calathes led the Hawks in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (1.2) this season as Saint Joseph's went 21-13 and reached the NCAA First Round. He was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection and was named to the A-10's All-Championship Team.
The 6-10 senior from Casselberry, Fla., finished his career with 1,251 points and 630 rebounds. He scored 594 points this season which ranks as the eighth highest single-season total in SJU history.
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.) is the nation's oldest amateur basketball tournament. It is recognized by NBA and European scouts as the premier showcase for future professional players. The P.I.T. is the only tournament for college seniors to participate in and be evaluated by the National Basketball Association prior to the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando.
The tournament gets underway on Wednesday, April 9, and all games will be played at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va. Tickets can be purchased for $8 a night or $25 for all 12 contests through Ticketmaster (757-671-8100) or the Willett Hall Box Office at 757-393-5460.