April 8, 2013
2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin senior Jared Berggren has been selected to play in the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) from April 10-13.
Each April for the last 60 years the P.I.T. has invited 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.
"Playing at Portsmouth is a great opportunity for me to make a good impression on scouts and general managers from across the professional basketball world," Berggren said. "There are a lot of guys who have garnered positive recognition for playing well at Portsmouth, so I know performing to the best of my ability will bring me even closer to fulfilling my goal of one day making an NBA roster."
Berggren, who averaged 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season, will play for team Sales Systems, LTD and join fellow Big Ten senior Derrick Nix (Michigan State), as well as Brandon Triche (Syracuse), Khalif Wyatt (Temple) and Rotnei Clarke (Butler), among others.
"The Portsmouth Invitational has the reputation of being a guard-oriented tournament but as a big I think this benefits me because there are a lot of different parts of my game that I can showcase without ever getting touches," Berggren added. "To play at Wisconsin, you always have to compete, play hard and guard well, so those are just a couple aspects of my game that I feel can separate me."
The 2013 second-team All-Big Ten honoree will leave for Portsmouth on Wednesday before playing in his first contest on Thursday night. Berggren will then continue his individual training at the University of Illinois-Chicago following the invitational.
Berggren is the latest Badgers player to compete at Portsmouth, following Brian Butch (2008), Marcus Landy (2009), Trevon Hughes (2010) and Jordan Taylor (2012) in recent years.