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Published on: Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

A pair of former Montgomery County high school standouts have earned selections to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a prestigious showcase event for NBA hopefuls.

Springbrook graduate Jamal Olasewere and Montrose Christian alum Mouphtaou Yarou are among an elite group of 64 players selected for the invitation-only event.

The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament is scheduled to take place this week at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Olasewere, who once played AAU basketball for Mid-Atlantic Select, recently capped off his senior campaign at Long Island University where he was named the 2013 Northeast Conference Player of the Year.

“Jamal is probably the most fierce competitor that I’ve known in probably like the last five or six years,” said James Lee, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Select AAU program. “He’s just a warrior. He goes after it. It doesn’t matter who stands in front of him, he’s going to earn his keep.”

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 18.9 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, both career highs, in leading the Blackbirds to an unprecedented third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this past season.

Olasewere, a two-time All-NEC first team selection, closed out his career as LIU Brooklyn’s all-time leading scorer with 1,871 points and ranks fourth in career rebounds with 963. He also finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in made free throws (570) and free throw attempts (860).

“I’m proud of him for what he’s done on the court and off the court,” said Lee. “[He’s a] great representative from our program, Springbrook High School and Montgomery County in general and I hope he gets a chance to make the NBA.”

Meanwhile, Yarou finished his career at Villanova where he helped lead the Wildcats to a 20-14 overall record after the team was picked to finish 12th in the preseason Big East poll.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center concluded his college career as one of only ten players in program history to score more than 1,000 points and grab 800 or more rebounds.

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