Saint Joseph’s seniors Langston Galloway and Ronald Roberts, Jr., have been selected to participate in the 2014 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from April 16 to 19 in Portsmouth, Va.
The four-day, 12-game tournament serves as a showcase for 64 senior draft prospects, with representatives in attendance from NBA teams and international leagues.
The two Hawks join two other Big 5 players at Portsmouth, Pennsbury product Dalton Pepper of Temple and Villanova's James Bell. In addiiton University of Delaware guards Devon Saddler and Davon Usher are also at Portsmouth.
Galloway, who could be viewed as a combo guard even though he played mainly shooting guard at St. Joseph’s was among the best three-point shooters in the country. As a senior he shot 44.3 percent from beyond the arc. He averaged 17.7 points and finished as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,991 career point and first with 132 games started.
The 6-foot-8 Roberts is among the best leapers in the nation.
This season he averaged a career-high 14.4 points and grabbed 7.4 rebounds per game. His career field goal percentage of 57.0 percent is second best in school history. He finished with 1,398 career points and 861 rebounds
The key for Roberts is whether he can transition to play the small forward spot after playing mainly power forward and center for the Hawks.
Both players helped St. Joseph’s enjoy a 24-10 season that included the Atlantic-10 Tournament championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks lost to eventual champion UCONN, 89-81 in overtime in their opening NCAA game.
This news for the Hawks came a day after forward Halil Kanacevic signed a professional contract with Virtus Roma of Italy, where he will finish out the final few games of the regular season and then participate in the playoffs.