Washington’s Aziz N’Diaye and Abdul Gaddy have accepted invitations to play in the Portsmouth Invitational.
The PIT selects 64 seniors to play on one of eight teams during a four-day, 12-game tournament, which is a showcase for NBA executives and scouts from international basketball teams.
N’Diaye said he was notified by coach Lorenzo Romar that he received an invite. N’Diaye also said Gaddy will play in the tourney.
PIT rosters will be announced April 5, but Notre Dame center Jack Cooley, Butler guard Rotnei Clark and Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova are expected to participate.
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— The NCAA tournament resumes today with a Sweet 16 matchup between the Pac-12 and Big Ten. No. 6 seed Arizona takes on No. 2 Ohio State in Los Angeles at the Staples Center. It’s a practically a home game for the Wildcats, which are three-point underdogs.
— Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson is considering opting for the NBA draft. The 5-10 point guard’s situation is similar to the dilemma former Washington star Isaiah Thomas faced a couple of years ago.
— True story, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to be the next head coach at UCLA. The Hall of Famer, 66, has not D-I coaching experience. However, he he Oklahoma Storm of the U.S. Basketball League to the title in 2002.
— There’s at least one name you can scratch from UCLA’s coaching search: Shaka Smart. He’s staying at Virginia Commonwealth.
— Former UW assistant Ray Giacoletti is the new head coach at Drake. He also coached at Eastern Washington and Utah before being fired in 2007 and moving to Gonzaga as an assistant.