PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- With 15 points and eight assists in the championship game, senior Dion Harris (Detroit, Mich./Redford HS) of the University of Michigan men's basketball team helped his Holiday Inn, Portsmouth team to a perfect 3-0 record and the PIT title at the 55th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (April 4-7) at Churchland High School. The PIT 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 in early June.
Fellow senior Courtney Sims (Boston, Mass./Noble & Greenough School), who played with the Portsmouth Sports Club, closed his PIT with a 2-1 record, while senior Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Pontiac Northern HS), who played with the Norfolk Navel Shipyard finished 1-2 overall.
Harris opened his PIT played against the Tidewater Sealants Wednesday (April 4), where he finished with seven points, six assist and four rebounds in a 110-71 win. After a day off due to scheduling, Harris came back on Friday (April 6) to face teammate Sims. Harris started the game and helped lead his team to a 93-85 win with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. In the Satruday (April 7) championship game against Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, Harris once again started and closed with 15 points, eight assists and a steal leading his team to the championship title. Harris closed his PIT playing in all three games with two starts, while averaging 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists in 25.0 minutes per game.
Sims began his PIT with a start Wednesday against Beach Barton Ford, where he posted 13 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in a 74-70 win. Facing his former U-M teammate Harris Friday, Sims played solid with a 15 points, eight rebound, two assists effort, but lost 93-85. In Sims' Saturday consolation final game, he tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and two assists in a dramatic 89-88 overtime win. Sims finished his PIT starting all three games, while averaging 13.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists 1.3 blocks and shot 51.5 percent from the field, 75.0 percent on free throws. He played in 27.7 minutes per game
Abram opened his PIT Thursday (April 5) scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in a 81-61 loss to the Norfolk Sports Club. In his only start of the tournament on Friday against Sales System Limited, he posted eight points, six rebounds and five steals in a 73-57 loss. In his Saturday consolation game, he tallied 13 points, two rebounds and four assists in a 113-94 win against the Tidewater Sealants. Abram closed his PIT played in all three games with one start, while averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals in 25.3 minutes per game.
All three Wolverines closed their careers at Michigan as members of the 1,000 point and 100-plus game club. Harris closed his college career playing in 131 career games with 1,599 career points, 398 assists, 334 rebounds and 135 steals. He is second all-time in U-M program history for three-point field goals (268) and three-point field goal attempts (755).
Sims closed his career playing in 133 straight games for the Wolverines, which ranks third on Michigan's all-time list. He had 1,329 career points, 728 rebounds and 213 blocks in his career. Abram closed his career playing in 120 career games with 1,274 career points, 479 rebounds, 179 assists and 114 steals.
For complete results: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
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