What is PIT? Each year for 63 years the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players (seniors) from across the nation to participate in a four-day, twelve game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team. The tournament drew the attention of NBA Scouts and General Managers in the 1970’s when players like Rick Barry, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Lucas and Bobby Cremins came to Portsmouth to play. Soon the word spread and approximately 200 Scouts, General Managers and Representatives of all 30 NBA teams began to come to see players like John Stockton, Dennis Rodman, Tim Hardaway, Scottie Pippen and others. Today scouts from numerous international leagues have joined in on the annual April pilgrimage to Portsmouth. Over the years the P.I.T. has been a showcase for five of the 50 greatest players in NBA History (Rick Barry, Earl ‘The Pearl” Monroe, Dave Cowens, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen) and for many others who have gone on to NBA stardom including 2015 NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler.
Dianne Rockefeller is pleased to announce that she has been selected to be the Sports Performance Therapist for the 2017 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. "PIT has gained in reputation with college players, coaches, NBA and many professional basketball leagues around the world. It's history and reputation for excellence makes me feel extremely honored to be selected to be a small part of this sports event!"
The P.I.T. has been the topic of numerous magazine articles in such magazines as Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and many other basketball publications. The tournament consistently generates over 1,000,000 hits on its website. Television and internet streaming of P.I.T. games, highlights and human interest stories have varied over the years from ESPN to NBA-TV to SlamOnline and numerous other national, regional and local broadcasts. The P.I.T. is also a regular topic on numerous basketball related websites around the world.
Official Tournament Sports Performance Therapist
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