Pump 'N' Run has been just as good as the Gauchos on the circuit this year. Jrue Holiday, Jerime Anderson and Larry Drew are a difficult matchup. Pump 'N' Run won the Take 5ive Classic in Cincinnati at the beginning of the month.
EBO, a Fresno, Calif.-based club boasts a talented roster with of a number of 2009 prospects, including Brendan Lane and Jerry Brown. DC Assault, winners of last year's adidas Super 64, fields a team with Jamar Samuels (Kansas State) and Kris Joseph (Syracuse).
Other notable teams in the field include: Metro Hawks, Arkansas Hawks, New York Panthers, Spiece Indy Heat, Belmont Shore, Albany City Rocks, Oakland Soldiers and Richmond Squires.
The event is held at the Centennial Hills YMCA in northwest Las Vegas. For more information on the event, go to www.gboahoops.com.
Forecasting the Reebok Championships
Reebok has gone away from the Big Time title and is called the Summer Championships this year. The tournament boasts 224 teams from 39 states. The tournament has eight pre-seeded teams for a mini-tournament that will run through the event's first two days.
The eight seeds are: D1 Greyhounds (Ohio), Southeast Elite (Ala.), King of the Court (Ohio), Texas Blue Chips Elite, Triple Threat (Md.), LA Dream Team (Calif.), Illinois Wolves and Belmont Shore (Calif.).
The Illinois Wolves are one of the best overall teams in the country and shine with unselfishness and team play. Belmont Shore will lean on the 1-2 punch of five-star guards Demar DeRozan and Brandon Jennings.
In terms of getting the most bang for your buck on the first two days of action, the adidas Super 64 event might be your best bet. Tournament organizers have the top teams separated into four-team power pools, and each of the tournaments top teams is guaranteed three games against other top-flight teams.
The top pool boasts four of the most successful teams on the circuit this year in Indiana Elite, Pump 'N' Run Elite, Atlanta Celtics and Playaz. All four teams have won events this year, and all four teams will play each other in pool play.
The Pump 'N' Run Elite and the Playaz will continue on after the GBOA Challenge of Champions.
Also in the power pools and playing at UNLV's Cox Pavilion are such teams as EBO, Las Vegas Prospects, Ohio Basketball Club, KC Pump 'N' Run, Florida Rams, NE Playaz, DC Assault, T-Mac All-Stars, Juice All-Stars, Compton Magic, M33M, DTA Wisconsin, Hunting Park, Team Philly Elite, Texas Select, Michigan Mustangs, New Orleans Jazz and Seattle Rotary.
Baltimore's Team Melo will lean on Sean Mosley, while the Carolina Raptors look to guards Demarquis Bost (Mississippi State) and Damier Pitts. California Supreme has the best overall young player in the field in Jeremy Tyler. The team consists mostly of 2010 and 2009 prospects. They will test themselves in the 17-under division.
Coaches and scouts certainly will be able to find some sleepers in the 16U and 15U divisions, too.
Rivals.com will be in Las Vegas beginning Friday. Our coverage from Sin City closes out a long, busy year on the grassroots circuit. Jerry Meyer, Mark Reeves and Justin Young will have updates and information throughout the week.