Former Bear wins Championship at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament


April 29, 2014, BALTIMORE, Md. (ISN) – Former Morgan State men’s basketball player Ian Chiles put up solid numbers to help lead his team to win the championship of the 62nd edition of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va.

The PIT showcases college seniors looking to improve their standing in the eyes of scouts from the NBA and other professional leagues. The title game matched Chiles’ Sales Systems, Ltd. and Norfolk Sports Club. Former Georgetown point guard Markel Starks hit the gamewinner for Sales Systems with a shot with two seconds remaining.

Chiles averaged 13 points per game, better than 8 rebounds per game. and shot 40 percent from the field for the Sales Systems squad, which claimed the tournament championship. Chiles scored 12 points on 6-of-12 from the field in the team’s opener while adding a balanced nine points, eight rebounds in 20 minutes in his second game. Chiles came off the bench in the title game where he collected 11 rebounds with 5 points and three blocked shots in 21 minutes.

Chiles’ Sales System squad included Marquette’s Davante Gardner, Stanford’s Josh Huestis, Niels Giffey’ UConn, Toledo’s Rian Pierson, Fresno State’s Tyler Johnson, Georgetown’s Markel Starks and Gonzaga’s David Stockton. Coaching the team was P.J. Honore and Leon Goolsby with help from NBA assistant coach Wes Matthews.

For the last 60 years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has invited 64 of the top college seniors from across the nation to participate in the four-day, 12-game event that draws representatives from every NBA team.

Photo courtesy of MEAC Media Relations

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