Baylor men’s basketball graduating seniors Manu Lecomte and Jo Lual-Acuil, Jr. will have one more chance to showcase their skills in front of NBA teams before the NBA Draft Combine in May.
The senior duo has been selected to compete in the 66th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament running from April 11 to April 14 in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Lecomte and Lual-Acuil, Jr. are two of 64 college basketball players participating in the event, which features eight teams comprised of seniors competing against each other in front of NBA front office personnel and fans.
Six players from last year’s PIT were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft, including San Antonio Spurs’ first-round pick Derrick White.
Lecomte and Lual-Acuil, Jr. are not listed on ESPN’s NBA Draft big board, but Lual-Acuil, Jr. makes an appearance as the 99th ranked prospect on NBADraft.net.
Following the Bears’ season ending loss to Mississippi State on March 18, Lecomte said basketball is not his main priority moving forward.
“Get my degree,” Lecomte said, “that’s what I’m focused on right now.”
Lecomte and Lual-Acuil, Jr., along with seniors Terry Maston and Nuni Omot, will attempt to add to the list of Baylor players selected in the NBA Draft, which currently sits at 20 players long with seven of those coming in the Scott Drew era.
Lecomte will join UCLA center Thomas Welsh, VCU forward Justin Tillman, Cincinnati forward Kyle Washington, Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge, Virginia Tech guard Justin Bibbs, Creighton guard Marcus Foster and Florida Gulf Coast guard Brandon Goodwin on Team 1.
Lual-Acuil, Jr. joins forces with California forward Marcus Lee, Cincinnati forward Gary Clark, LaSalle guard B.J. Johnson, Florida guard Egor Koulechov, New Mexico State guard Zach Lofton, Minnesota guard Nate Mason and Notre Dame guard Matt Ferrell on Team 3.
Lecomte and Team 1 will make their debut at 7 p.m. on Wednesday against Team 2. Lual-Acuil, Jr. and Team 3 face Team 4 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
All Portsmouth Invitational Tournament games will be broadcast on NetCast Sports.