Former Marquette Golden Eagles guard Andrew Rowsey has been tearing it up at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament over the past two days, and his team, K&D Rounds Landscaping, has advanced to the championship game.
Thanks to the magic of the 21st Century, you can watch the game LIVE right here on your computer. The game is slated for a 6pm Central time tipoff, but the PIT consolation game is slated to start at 4pm CT, so there may be a slight delay in between the end of that game and the start of Rowsey’s team’s game.
If you’re wondering what the hell the Portsmouth Invitational is, let me let the PIT website explain it:
Each year for 65 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the 1970’s when players like Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Lucas and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 Scouts, General Managers and Representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth.
In the modern era of college basketball, where the NBA Draft is dominated by players who are forgoing multiple years of eligibility, the PIT has evolved into a showcase where four year players can show scouts from all over the world what they can do. In Rowsey’s case, he’s definitely making a good impression. In his team’s two victories to reach the title game, Rowsey is averaging 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and yes, this is serious, 1.0 blocks per game. He’s shooting 52% from the field, 47% from three point land, and 89% from the free throw line.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, he absolutely pulled off #TheThing. Click here to go straight to the moment in the YouTube archive of the game.
Rowsey is sharing a sideline with Northwestern’s Scottie Lindsey and Seton Hall’s Khadeen Carrington. Their opponents in the title game, Sales Systems, Ltd., is led by the notable names of Jock Landale from Saint Mary’s and Butler’s Kelan Martin, but their teammate, Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford is leading the entire PIT in scoring at 21.5 points per game. Yes, he’s the only person scoring more than Rowsey.