The Reebok Tournament of Champions rolls into the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Triangle this coming Memorial Day weekend, and a glance at the schedule reveals yet another outstanding field. Among the many great players set to compete are Greg Oden and O.J. Mayo, Rivals.com's #1 rated prospects in the Class of 2006 and 2007. Rivals.com provides a sneak peek at a few of the more interesting matchups and can't miss games.
Friday night recommendations At the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill on Friday evening, things get under way quickly with a great point guard matchup at 6:30 on Court 2. St. John's signee Doug Wiggins from the Connecticut Basketball Club has not gotten a lot of exposure, but he is a serious talent. He'll face off against D.J. Augutine and the New Orleans Jazz. At 8pm the nation's #1 rising senior takes the floor when Greg Oden's loaded Spiece Indy Heat play an Underrated Middlesex Magic featuring future Boston College guard Corey Lowe on Court 1. In the nightcap, Court 1 has O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker's D-1 Greyhounds going against the always tough New York Ravens.
Over in Durham on the Duke University campus, the 6:30 matchup in Card Gym between the Illinois Wolves with Will Walker and Devan Bawinkle and rising junior Eric Wallace and D-One Sports should be a treat. Then, at 8:00pm stud rising junior guard Corey Fisher and the Long Island Lightning will take on H-Squad from California featuring 6-foot-8 prep school bound forward Davon Jefferson. In the 9:30 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium the Powerful Michigan Hurricanes are in action against B.C. Next Level from Canada. The Hurricanes have scoring machine Tory Jackson at guard and 7-foot Tom Herzog in the middle, however the guy most scouts are buzzing about is 6-foot-6 rising junior G/F Alex Legion.
The NC State campus in Raleigh features some excellent contests as well, leading off with South Jersey Select and fast rising forward Dennis Horner facing a very tough Jackson MBA Black from Mississippi in the Weisiger Brown Facility. At 8:00pm head on over to Carmichael Gymnasium to see the Louisiana Stars with 6-foot-9 Perry Stevenson take on the Vic Sims All Stars from South Carolina, and/or Baltimore Cecil Kirk face the South Carolina Celtics. At 9:30 Weisiger Brown has the stacked Blessed IJN squad playing a Pittsburgh JOTS team that may have NC State signee Ben McCauley along for the trip.
Can't miss matchups on Saturday
At UNC you'll want to see: 10:00 am games between Dinos Trigonis' always competitive Belmont Shore squad from California facing Perry Stevenson and the Louisiana Stars on Court 1, as well as Blessed IJN Black facing 6-foot-8 rising freshman phenom Renardo Sidney and the Jackson MBA Black on court 3.
11:30 RBC West vs. Midstate Ballerz on court 1 and D-one Sports vs. Michigan Hurricanes on court 3.
4:40 Atlanta Celtics vs. Illinois Wolves on court 1 and Team Breakdown vs. Southeast Elite on Court 3.
7:00 New York Panthers vs. Worldwide Renegades court 1 and Spiece Indy Heat vs. Team HoopZone from Texas on court 3.
At Duke be sure to check out: 10:00 Spiece Indy Heat vs. Maryland Madness in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
11:30 New England Playaz vs. Southeast Elite in Card gym, and the New Heights NYC vs. New Orleans Jazz on Court 2 in Wilson Rec Center.
2:00 The RAIDERS 16s vs. Fox Valley Skills 16s in Cameron for a look at 6-foot-4 rising sophomore Tyreke Evans and the rest of the young and talented crew from Philly.
3:20 DC Assault vs. H-Squad in Cameron
4:40 SC All-Stars vs. Georgia Hurricanes in Cameron and Jackson MBA Black vs. Pittsburgh JOTS in Wilson Rec Center court 2.
7:00 The Playaz vs. Houston Swoosh in Cameron
At NC State your best bets are: 10:00 Long Island Lightning vs. DC Assault in Carmichael Gym Court 10 and the West Virginia Wildcats vs. the Playaz in Weisiger Brown.
11:30 Arkansas Hawks vs. Illinois Fire in Carmichael court 9 and the Baltimore Stars vs. Philly MJC on Court 10.
4:40 Midstate Ballerz vs. Houston Elite in Weisiger Brown
7:00 Blessed IJN vs. South Jersey Select in Weisiger brown and The RAIDERS 16s vs. New York Panthers 16s in Carmichael Gym court 11.