Jimmy Butler Named MVP At 2011 Portsmouth Invitational
April 11, 2011
Marquette senior Jimmy Butler led his team to the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament title while capturing MVP honors in Portsmouth, Va., April 6-9, 2011.
The Tomball, Texas, native was among P.I.T. leaders in free throw percentage (1.000, 18-for-18, T-1st), field goal percentage (.621, 20-for-31, 2nd), and scoring (18.7 ppg, 4th). He led the K&D Rounds Landscaping team in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and minutes played (29.33 mpg, T-1st).
In the title game on Saturday night, Butler played a team-high 33 minutes and led the team with 19 points off 5-for-7 shooting and going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds and six assists as his K&D Rounds squad recorded a 110-93 win over Cherry, Bekaert & Holland. CB&H featured familiar faces in Corey Stokes (Villanova), Gilbert Brown (Pittsburgh), and Dwight Hardy (St. John's).
Butler joined 63 other college seniors from across the nation in the 59th annual Portsmouth Invitational, including eight others from the BIG EAST Conference. His teammates on K&D Rounds included Rick Jackson (Syracuse), Blake Hoffarber (Minnesota), Chris Warren (Mississippi), Allen Chaisson (Northeastern), Vlad Moldoveanu (American), Frank Hassell (Old Dominion), and Adrian Oliver (San Jose State).
Representatives from every NBA team were on hand for the four-day, 12-game tournament.