Some good news came down today for graduating senior Kenny Goins. Here is the release from MSU super SID Mex Carey:
East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State men's basketball redshirt senior forward Kenny Goins (Troy, Mich./Warren Mott) was one of 64 seniors from across the country selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.) this week in Virginia. The P.I.T. will be held from Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20 at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.
"I never really saw myself in this situation five years ago," Goins said. "Hearing about it, it's impossible not to be excited. I'm ready for that next door to open. Michigan State is probably the only reason I'm going to be there. The prestige of this University and the help of my coaches, I'm sure they talked me up, and I wouldn't be there without them. Through all the games I've been through and all the different scenarios, I feel like I'm ready to compete against whoever else is at that camp."
A redshirt senior, Goins moved into the starting lineup in his final year on campus and was one of the most valuable players for the Spartans.
Goins earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media and league's coaches. He finished sixth on the team in scoring with 7.9 points per game, led the team with 8.9 rebounds, which is fourth in the Big Ten and No.40 nationally. In conference play, Goins averaged nearly a double-double, with 9.8 points and 9.3.rebounds.
The P.I.T. has been around for 68 years and gives college seniors the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of more than 150 NBA scouts and general managers as well as 100+ scouts from international leagues in Europe and Asia.
All 64 players who participated in the 2018 edition of the tournament are currently playing professionally either in the NBA, NBA G-League or overseas. One in four P.I.T. players the last two years have played in the NBA.
Michigan State finished the 2018-19 season with a 32-7 overall record and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for a nation's-best eighth time in the last 21 years. The Spartans won a share of the Big Ten Regular Season title, captured the Big Ten Tournament title, beat rival Michigan three times and won the NCAA Tournament East Regional with a thrilling victory over No. 1 seed Duke. .
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