Deonte Burton invited to Portsmouth Invitational


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Deonte Burton attacks the hoop against Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2017, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Iowa State fell to the Boilermakers 80-76, ending its season.

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Iowa State’s versatile forward Deonte Burton’s collegiate career isn’t done just yet. 

Burton was invited to the Portsmouth Invitational, an eight-team, 12-game tournament featuring 64 of college basketball’s best seniors, on April 12-15 in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

The tournament will feature a representative from every NBA team, according to the news release. 

In last year’s Portsmouth Invitational, the Cyclones were represented by Jameel McKay — who now plays in the Philippine Basketball Association — and Abdel Nader — who plays in the NBA’s D-League with the Boston Celtics organization. 

Burton was the X-factor for Iowa State in the 2016-17 season, and continued to get better as the season went on. At the end of it, Burton became one of the top players in the Big 12. 

He averaged 15.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in his senior season, netting himself All-Big 12 Third Team honors. He became the second player in school history to rack up 40 blocks and 40 steals in a season. Burton also scored in double figures in 26 of 35 games. 

In his final game as a Cyclone, Burton had 25 points and four rebounds in a loss to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.