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Portsmouth Invitation Tournament canceled

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GREENBURGH, NY - AUGUST 11: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally altered) Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs poses for a portrait during the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at MSG Training Center on August 11, 2017 in Greenburgh, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Due the outbreak of COVID-19, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) has been canceled for the first time since it was founded in 1953.

The PIT is restricted to graduating seniors from college basketball schools only.

The four-day tournament usually begins the first or second Wednesday following the NCAA National Championship Game. The 12-game event is attended by NBA and overseas scouts, and annually sees most participants go on to play professional basketball.

The PIT is seen as the last chance for college seniors to boost their stock before the NBA Draft. Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs is the last first round pick to have played in Portsmouth. White participated after finishing his college career at the University of Colorado in 2017.