April 10, 2013

File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell

Athlete photoPORTSMOUTH, Va. -- Following an outstanding senior season in which he earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, University of Delaware men’s basketball senior forward Jamelle Hagins is one of 64 seniors participating in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week at Churchland High School.

Representatives from all 30 NBA teams as well as many European league squads will be on hand for the four-day, 12-game event, one of the top showcases for college seniors leading up to the NBA Draft and the nation’s oldest amateur basketball tournament dating back to 1953.

Hagins is the first Delaware player to be selected to play at the tournament since Harding Nana in 2006.

Hagins will play for the Portsmouth Partnership squad along with Jake Cohen of Davidson, Stan Okoye of VMI, Tyler Brown of Illinois State, Reginald Buckner of Mississippi, Larry Drew II of UCLA, Chris Evans of Kent State, and Kevin Dillard of Dayton. The team is coached by Michael Allen and Bryan Price, along with NBA Assistant Coach Sharone Wright.

Portsmouth Partnership will play its first game of the tournament on Wednesday at 9 p.m. against Mike Duman Auto Sales, while the remaining schedule will be determined by game results. The invitational concludes on Saturday with the championship game at 8 p.m.

Hagins is one of just three CAA players participating in this year’s invitational, along with A.J. Davis of James Madison and DeShawn Painter of Old Dominion.

Hagins started all 33 games for Delaware this year, leading the Blue Hens with 10.7 rebounds while ranking third with 11.6 points per game. He ranked second in the CAA and seventh in the nation with 10.7 rebounds, led the conference with 2.4 blocks, and was also second with a 54.6 field goal percentage and 7.6 defensive rebounds.

A second team NABC All-District 10 selection, Hagins finished his Blue Hen career as UD’s career leader with 1,078 rebounds, 292 blocks, and 124 games played. He ranks third in conference history in blocks and fourth in rebounds, while his 36 double-doubles are third most at Delaware.

Hagins posted 16 double-doubles during his senior season, while his 1,184 career points rank 19th in Blue Hen history.