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Jake Odum Invited To Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

April 16, 2014


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State guard Jake Odum is one of 64 college basketball seniors to be invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament to be held this week (April 16-19) in Portsmouth, Va. 


The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has been held since 1953 and each year invites top college basketball seniors from the across the country to participate in the four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. NBA greats such as John Stockton, Tim Hardaway and Scottie Pippen played in the tournament following their collegiate careers.


Odum is the lone representative from the Missouri Valley Conference to be invited to the event. He is just the third player in the history of the Indiana State basketball program to be invited as Nate Green attended in 2000 while David Moss participated in 2006. Both Green and Moss went on to attend NBA camps and each have enjoyed lengthy professional basketball careers internationally.


The fifth all-time leading scorer at Indiana State, Odum earned consecutive First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and is one of just two Sycamores to earn all-league honors during all four years of his career. He finished first at Indiana State in free throws made, free throws attempted, second in assists and fourth in steals.


Odum was selected to participate in the event as a member of the Portsmouth Partnership team. He will wear a No. 5 jersey and his teammates are Western Michigan's Shayne Whittington, North Dakota's Troy Huff, VMI's D.J. Covington, Central Florida's Isaiah Sykes, Virginia's Akil Mitchell, Villanova's James Bell and Memphis' Joe Jackson. He will be coached by Michael Allen and Bryan Price and the team will also receive instruction from Jerry Stackhouse.


The Portsmouth Partnership begins tournament play on Thursday, April 17 at 9 p.m. (ET). A win puts Odum and his team into the semifinals on Friday at 9:00 p.m. while a loss in the opener puts them in a contest at 3:15 p.m. on Friday. Odum will also play on April 19 with the championship game scheduled for 8 p.m.


Fans may visit www.portsmouthinvitational.com or follow @IndianaStateMBB on twitter for frequent updates throughout the weekend on Odum's performance.

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