Rivers Begins Action Tonight At Portsmouth Invitational
April 7, 2011
Bloomington, Indiana - Former Indiana University men's basketball player Jeremiah Rivers will begin the first part of his journey to play professionally when he participates at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament which features many of the top graduating seniors in college basketball.
He will play for Roger Brown's squad which tips off t 9 p.m. tonight. To follow the action click here.
Earlier this week, Rivers talked about what he hopes to accomplish this week.
"This opportunity, first and foremost, is a blessing and an honor. Just to be even thought of or invited to this camp. It's been going on for years and this helps so many players. Really, when you look at Landry Fields, as a perfect example. Someone who really didn't have an opportunity initially out of Stanford as far as the draft is concerned. He was able to get enforcements and play well and now he's one of the best rookies in the NBA. Just little stories like that, you know, that really show the true testament of what Portsmouth can do for players. It really allows for great opportunities for seniors and for players around the country in the NCAA to go display their talents. I'm very, very excited."
On when he heard of the invitation and his reaction:
On what he needs to do to show pro scouts he is an pro player:
"Honestly I think competing and winning. I think, in a camp like this, showing them the best score, or showing that I can jump the highest or do all these different things, I don't think that's what the NBA scouts or the overseas scouts are looking for. They're looking for winners. They're looking for people to help their team in any situation. They're not looking for Carmello Anthony or LeBron James. There's very seldom few if any at all, that's not the majority. We're the 90 percent players, the players who help teams win in different ways. I don't think there are going to be any certain players going into the game averaging 30 a game or they hoist the MVP trophy. You never know. Obviously, work and different things can happen over time. I'm definitely not discrediting that, but at the same time you have to understand the best way for me at least is to go win and compete and do what I'm best at and I'm not going to stray far from that."
On what he has to offer an professional team:
On his father's advice:
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