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Former IU forward Race Thompson playing in Portsmouth Invitational

Former IU forward Race Thompson is one of 64 college basketball seniors invited to the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament, an event that has showcased players abilities in front of professional scouts since 1953.

The 12-game tournament begins tonight at 7 p.m. when his team, Portsmouth Sports Club, faces Mike Duman Auto Sales.

Games can be watched via a stream for a fee here.

Thompson played 130 games in his career and scored 997 points.  He averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and shot 51.1% from the floor.

The last Hoosier to participate in the Tournament was Juwan Morgan in 2019.  Morgan went on to see NBA action with Utah, Boston and Toronto.

The Minnesota native is one of six Big Ten players in the event, which also includes several players with ties to the state of Indiana or who previously have played in the Big Ten.

Every year since 1953, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has invited 64 senior college basketball players from across the nation to compete before professional scouts. Eight teams of eight players play a 12 game tournament over 4 days, with each player hoping to reach their dreams of becoming a professional basketball player.

Over the years, the PIT has welcomed players that are now household names, like Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, Scottie Pippen, Tim Hardaway, Dennis Rodman, Jimmy Butler and more.

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