BUFFALO, NY – For the first time in school history the University at Buffalo will send multiple players to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament as rosters were announced Monday for the premier pre-daft showcase event. Seniors CJ Massinburg and Nick Perkins were selected as two of 64 seniors selected for the event.
The 2019 Portsmouth Invitational tournament will run from April 17-20 in Portsmouth, VA. The Portsmouth rosters consist of 64 of the top senior basketball players in the nation. The four-day, 12-game tournament format is played before NBA representatives from all 30 teams and is considered a prime opportunity for players to maximize their visibility and skills.
Massinburg will play as a member of Portsmouth Partnership, where he will join another dynamic guard in Campbell's Chris Clemons. The 2019 MAC Player of the Year and an All-American honorable mention selection, Massinburg led the Bulls in scoring and three-point shooting this past season. He averaged 18.2 points per game, while finishing with a team-high 93 three pointers, highlighted by a 43-point performance against West Virginia, where he recorded nine three-pointers, the third highest total in a single game in school history. Massinburg set the school record for points in a season with 636 and was named an All-MAC First Team selection for the second straight year. He finishes his UB career second all-time in three-pointers with 273 and second on UB's all-time scoring list with 1,990 points.
Massinburg becomes Buffalo's fourth MAC Player of the Year to play in the Portsmouth Invitational joining Turner Battle (2005), Mitchell Watt (2012), and Javon McRea (2014).
Perkins will play in Portsmouth as a member of K&D Rounds Landscape Service. His team includes Wofford's Fletcher Magee, who became the NCAA's all-time leader in three pointers made and Gonzaga's Josh Perkins. UB's Nick Perkins, who played the NABC Reese's All-Star Game, was an All-MAC First Team selection for the second straight year and he was named the MAC's Sixth Man of the Year for the third straight year, the first player in college basketball history to be named Sixth Man of the Year in three straight seasons.
Perkins finished second on the team at 14.7 points per game this year and led Buffalo with 7.4 rebounds per game. He leaves UB fifth on the all-time scoring list. Perkins was one of three players in the NCAA Tournament to record double-doubles in both games during the opening week of competition. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the victory over Arizona State and followed that up with 17 points and 10 rebounds against Final Four bound Texas Tech.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.portsmouthinvitational.com.