April 2, 2007
CHICAGO - Blake Schilb will join 63 other players at the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, April 4-7 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va. The annual showcase for selected college seniors is the nation's oldest amateur basketball tournament and is recognized by scouts as the premier showcase for future professional players.
As a senior at Loyola University Chicago this season, Schilb averaged 17.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game to help the Ramblers to their first 20-win season since 1984-85. A three-time First Team All-Horizon League selection in his career, the 6-foot-7 guard is the only player in school history to record over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in his career. He finished his career ranked fourth on the Loyola career scoring chart with 1,879 points and is the school's all-time leader with 204 three-point field goals.
Schilb is one of only two Horizon League players, joining Detroit's Ryvon Covile, to be invited to this year's tournament. The Rantoul, Ill., native will compete for the Tidewater Sealants, a team that also features Craig Bradshaw (Winthrop), Mohamed Abukar (San Diego State), Alan Wiggins, Jr. (San Francisco), D.J. Strawberry (Maryland), Martin Samarco (Bowling Green), Zabian Dowdell (Virginia Tech) and Ibrahim Jaaber (Penn). Other notable local names participating in the tournament include Adam Haluska (Iowa), Kammron Taylor (Wisconsin), Russell Carter (Notre Dame), Sammy Mejia (DePaul), David Teague (Purdue), Warren Carter (Illinois), Carl Landry (Purdue), James Hughes (Northern Illinois) and Ron Lewis (Ohio State).
The Portsmouth Invitational is the only tournament for college to participate in and be evaluated by the National Basketball Association prior to the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando in June.