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Kenny Goins to play in Portsmouth Invitational

April 16, 2019
Senior forward Kenny Goins (25) drives to the basket during the second half of the NCAA Final Four game against Texas Tech at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 6, 2019. The Spartans lost to the Red Raiders 61-51.  (Nic Antaya/The State News)
Senior forward Kenny Goins (25) drives to the basket during the second half of the NCAA Final Four game against Texas Tech at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 6, 2019. The Spartans lost to the Red Raiders 61-51. (Nic Antaya/The State News) —
Photo by Nic Antaya | The State News

Michigan State redshirt senior Kenny Goins was selected, along with 64 seniors from across the nation, to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia. The tournament will be from April 17 to 20 at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth.

"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."

Goins has earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the media and league's coaches. He finished sixth on the team in scoring with an average of 7.9 points per game. He was fourth in the Big Ten and No. 40 nationally with 8.9 rebounds. During conference play, Goins had 9.8 points per game and 9.3 rebounds.

Having been around for 68 years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament gives college seniors the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA scouts, general managers and scouts from international leagues.

In the past, all 64 players from the 2018 tournament are currently playing professionally in the NBA, NBA G-League or overseas.

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