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UND standout Huff accepts PIT invite

UND's Troy Huff is fouled by Weber State's Davion Berry in the first half of their Big Sky conference game in Grand Forks this season. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Troy Huff quickly made his mark playing in the Big Sky Conference. During the two seasons Huff played in the Big Sky, the former UND standout was one of the top players in the league.

Huff now hopes to make a statement while competing against the elite players in college basketball.

Huff accepted an invitation to play in next month’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an event that showcases the top 64 collegiate seniors in front of scouts and executives from all 32 NBA teams.

This will be the 62nd annual PIT and it also marks the second time that UND has had a player participate in the event. In 2003, former UND standout Jerome Beasley was at the PIT. He was named the MVP of the tournament and later drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat.

Huff said he looks forward to seeing how he compares against the best in the country.

“As long as I can play basketball and play it for as long as I can, that’s my goal,” said Huff. “I’ll do everything I can.”

The PIT is scheduled for April 16-19. The tournament consists of eight teams with eight players on each team. In all, 12 games will be played.

Huff ended his UND career with 2,005 points, ranking third all time at North Dakota. He also finished seventh all-time in rebounding with 750 and was second in steals with 228.

Also, Huff was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection each of the past two seasons. He helped lead UND to a runner-up finish in this season’s Big Sky Conference postseason tournament.

Huff said he has yet to select an agent. His plans this summer depend on how the PIT goes.

UND coach Brian Jones will accompany Huff to Portsmouth.

“This is a great honor for Troy and for our program,” Jones said. “This will be an opportunity for him to showcase his talents in front of NBA scouts and scouts from overseas clubs as well. We are excited for him that his dream of playing professionally is now in motion and that much closer to becoming a reality.”

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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