HARRISONBURG, Va., April 16, 2013 – Over the weekend, James Madison redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis (Columbus, Ohio/Harmony Community School) was one of 64 seniors nationwide to compete in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.
Davis’ squad, Roger Brown’s Restaurant, advanced to Saturday’s championship game before falling 87-78 to K. & D. Round’s Landscaping. He played 20 minutes in the title game and tied for second on his team with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting. He also had a team-high six rebounds and added two steals.
The team opened competition on Thursday with a 91-64 defeat of Portsmouth Sports Club. Davis was one of six players in double digits with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 2-for-5 from the arc. He also had three assists, two steals and two rebounds. He was also sidelined briefly during the game when he was fouled and landed awkwardly following a high-profile dunk through traffic.
Davis recovered to start and play 23 minutes in a 68-67 semifinal win over Cherry Bekaert on Friday. He had six points, three rebounds and an assist.
All 30 NBA teams had representatives at the PIT, and Davis earned meetings with multiple squads as a result of his performance. He played alongside Oregon center Tony Woods, Carl Hall of Final Four participant Wichita State, Siena forward O.D. Anosike, Kansas guard Travis Releford, San Diego State guard Chase Tapley, La Salle guard Ramon Galloway and North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland.
The Colonial Athletic Association was represented by three players, including Davis. Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins was one of 12 players honored on the All-Tournament squad. Old Dominion’s DeShawn Painter also participated.