Pullen, Kelly Earn Bids To Portsmouth Invitational

Senior Curtis Kelly averaged more than 11 points and five rebounds in his two-year career at K-State.

April 1, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Seniors Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly have received bids to play in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, which is set for April 6-9 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.


Operating since 1953, the Portsmouth Invitational is one of the preeminent NBA pre-draft camps with approximately 200 NBA representatives in attendance.  The four-day tournament consists of 12 games with the 64 invited college seniors playing on eight teams of eight players.


Pullen will be playing for Roger Brown’s squad in the tournament and will team with Jeff Allen (Virginia Tech), Papa Dia (SMU), Jon Diebler (Ohio State), Justin Harper (Richmond), Sam Muldrow (South Carolina), Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Justin Hurtt (Tulsa).  The squad will begin play on Thursday at 8 p.m. CDT against Cherry, Bakaert and Holland, which includes Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh), Dwight Hardy (St. John’s) and Corey Stokes (Villanova). 


Kelly will be playing for Sales Systems Limited and will team with Mike Tisdale (Illinois), Anatoly Bose (Nicholls State), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (Washington), Kevin Anderson (Richmond) , Cory Higgins (Colorado), Demontez Stitt (Clemson) and Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh).  The squad will open play in the tournament on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CDT against K&D Rounds Landscaping, which includes Jimmy Butler (Marquette), Blake Hoffarber (Minnesota) and Chris Warren (Mississippi).  


Although Pullen and Kelly are on teams in the opposite ends of the tournament bracket, there is an opportunity they could play against each other in the championship, third-place game or consolation bracket.


The pair led K-State to a 23-11 overall record, including a tie for third place in Big 12 play with a 10-6 mark, during the 2010-11 season.  The school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, Pullen led the Wildcats in 12 statistical categories this past season en route to earning unanimous first team All-Big 12 honors and recognition to several All-American teams.  A transfer from Connecticut, Kelly led the squad in field goal percentage (53.2), while he was second in rebounding (5.5 rpg.) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg.) and third in scoring (10.5 ppg.).  He averaged 11.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in his two-year career. 


For more information on the Portsmouth Invitational, please visit the organization’s website at www.portsmouthinvitational.com.   A full bracket, including boxscores, will be updated as play begins.