April 15, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
PORTSMOUTH, Va. --- Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson has been invited and will participate in the upcoming Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia.
The four-day, 12-game tournament that runs this week (April 16-19) features 64 of the best college basketball seniors from across the nation playing in front of NBA executives and scouts.
Johnson was one of two Mountain West players to accept invitations, along with San Diego State's Josh Davis. Johnson and Davis are two of the six players representing schools in the West.
Johnson has been tabbed to play for the 2014 Sales Systems, LTD squad - coached by P.J. Honore, Jr., Leon Goolsby and NBA Assistant Coach Wes Matthews. The team consists of Johnson, Tarik Black (Kansas), Davante Gardner (Marquette), Niels Giffey (Connecticut), Josh Huestis (Stanford), Rian Pearson (Toledo), Markel Starks (Georgetown) and David Stockton (Gonzaga).
Johnson's team is guaranteed to play three games with the first coming on Thursday at 4 p.m. PT. With a win, Johnson's team would advance to the P.I.T. semifinals on Friday night at 6 p.m. PT and the championship game is slated for Saturday at 5 p.m. PT. A loss in the quarterfinals or semifinals would place the squad in consolation games.
The tournament starts Wednesday with two games that do not include Johnson's team.
Over the years, the P.I.T. has been a showcase for some of top players in NBA History, including Rick Barry, Earl Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Tim Hardaway.
During his four-year Fresno State career, Johnson steadily improved - increasing his scoring average from 4.4 (freshman) to 9.3 (sophomore) to 12.1 (junior) and 15.9 as a senior. He scored at least 20 points 13 times and finished his career with 1,346 points - No. 16 on the school's all-time scoring list.
In 2013-14, Johnson earned second-team all-Mountain West honors while leading the team in points scored, scoring average and rebounds. The Bulldogs won 13 of their last 18 games and reached the College Basketball Invitational championship series.
"Catch the Wave!" -- The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are 940 AM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM.
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