Friday, February 19, 1999

Area senior stars invited to NBA camps

        Cincinnati's Melvin Levett, Xavier's James Posey and Miami's Wally Szczerbiak have been invited to the Nike Desert Classic in Phoenix (April 13-18), NBA director of scouting Marty Blake said, adding that Levett was the first to accept.

        The Phoenix camp is for those considered among the top 40 players.

        Xavier's Posey, Lenny Brown and Gary Lumpkin and Miami guard Damon Frierson have been invited to participate in the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational on March 31-April 3, said PIT director Mike Morris.

        Also invited to both camps: Kentucky's Scott Padgett, Heshimu Evans and Wayne Turner.

        Morris said Brown and Lumpkin have accepted the invitation to play in Portsmouth. Frierson said he will attend. Morris was not expecting the UK players to attend.

        Players who perform well at Portsmouth can get invited to Phoenix.

        That's what happened last year with Xavier's Torraye Braggs last year He was named most valuable player at Portsmouth, earned an invitation to Phoenix and became a second-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz.

        Portsmouth and Phoenix are two of the three NBA predraft camps. Both give college seniors an opportunity to practice and play in front of NBA scouts and officials.

        A third predraft camp is run by the NBA in Chicago June 8-13.

        The NBA draft is June 30.

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