In what should be an important step for his future professional basketball career, Oregon State senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. was one of the 64 seniors invited to participate in the 2019 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an annual event held in Portsmouth, Virginia each year, for potential NBA prospects. The event will begin on Wednesday and last through Sunday and will give Thompson Jr. the chance to compete in front of personnel from every NBA team.
Thompson Jr. recently wrapped up his career for the Beavers, helping Oregon State to a 18-13 record in his final season, finishing the 2018-2019 campaign second on the team in scoring per game (16.1 PPG), third in assists per game (3.2 APG) and fourth in rebounds per game (4.2 RPG).
He’ll graduate as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers made and fourth all-time on the school’s scoring list. The 6’ 4”, 190-pound guard was also named a second-team All-Pac-12 selection this past season and saw action in 121 games in his Beavers career.
The Los Angeles native will compete in the twelve-game tournament for the “K&D Rounds Landscape Services” team, coached by Jim Markey, Patrick Dulin and Lisa Willis. He’ll be slated on the depth chart alongside some other notable college talents for the five-day tournament, including Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins, Wofford sharpshooter Fletcher Magee and Minnesota big man Jordan Murphy.
K&D Rounds Landscape Services first game is against “Sales Systems, Ltd.” on Wednesday night (April 17th) at 4:00 PM PT.
According to an official release from the Oregon State Athletic department, “all 64 players from last year’s Portsmouth Invitational Tournament are currently playing professionally either in the NBA, the G-League or overseas.”