Real Deal in the Rock
As usual the Real Deal in the Rock is an event loaded with big time talent. Teams from coast to coast are invading Little Rock, Arkansas in hopes of coming home with one of the premier spring titles in the country.
Headlining the event is Connecticut Basketball Club. They are led by the nation’s top 2012 prospect Andre Drummond. Drummond will look to keep his spot atop the class using his impressive combination of size, strength, athleticism, and skill.
While Drummond is the top 2012 prospect in the event, several other elite teams with elite players will be participating.
Dream Vision, which features Shabazz Muhammad and Robert Upshaw, will look to make a big impact. Also the Wisconsin Playground Warriors will be in attendance. The Playground Warriors feature North Carolina commitment J.P. Tokoto.
Also in the event is the Atlanta Celtics. The Celtics are one of the top travel teams in the country this summer. Damien Wilson, William Goodwin, Jordan Adams, and a host of others lead the way for the Celtics as they hope to go on a dominant run this summer.
Other top players will include Rodney Purvis and Theo Pinson of the CP3 All-Stars, Grant Jerrett of Belmont Shore, and the New England Playaz duo of Duke commitment Alex Murphy and uncommitted five-star center Kaleb Tarczewski.
Those are just some of the top players that will be playing all over Little Rock in one of the best events of the spring.
Covering the event for Scout.com will be National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels.
Pitt Jam Fest
Like always the Hoop Group has put together a very strong group of teams for their annual event held on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
At the 17 and under level, CIA Bounce out of Canada is one of the teams to watch. The boys from North of the Border have one of the most talented rosters out there. Led by the potential top 2014 prospect around Andrew Wiggins, Bounce also features Louisville pledge Negus Webster-Chan, 7-foot-5 man mountain Sim Bhullar, and the ultra athletic Anthony Bennett.
Also competing at the highest age group will be Alabama commitment Jaren Sina. Sina made some noise during the high school year and is primed for a breakout this spring. Also Amile Jefferson will be participating with his Philly’s Finest AAU program.
When it comes to the 16 and under level, DC Assault has a team to be reckoned with. Point guard Nate Britt leads the way, but they also feature power forward Kris Jenkins and small forward D.J. Fenner. The guys from the nation’s capital will be a tough out in the event.
Also the Eric Gordon All-Stars are one to watch. They have two Indiana commitments, Devin Davis and Collin Hartman, as well as Purdue pledge Basil Smotherman. While those are the committed stars, V.J. Beachem might be the player on that team playing the best right now.
Beyond them, Anton Gill and Isaiah Hicks of Garner Road Elite, Marc Loving of All-Ohio Red, Rondae Jefferson of Team Final, and Jairus Lyles of Team Takeover help make it a loaded field.
Scout.com will have coverage of the Jam Fest by Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow.
Double Pump Spring Tournament
The crisp mountain air of Denver, Colorado is once again the host to a very solid group of teams for the Double Pump Spring Tournament.
Leading the way will be Indiana Elite. One of the most talented teams in the Midwest, this Indiana Elite group won the event last year and will look to repeat. They are paced by five-star prospects, and Indiana commitments, Kevin Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, and Hanner Perea. Also on the roster are Indiana commitments Peter Jurkin and Ron Patterson.
The host team, Double Pump Elite, will also bring a strong roster to the table. Rosco Allen, UNLV commitment Nigel Williams-Goss, and Xavier Johnson give them a trio of highly touted prospects who all complement each other well.
Also making the event impressive is the inclusion of the Houston Defenders. They have a trio of five-star prospects. Class of 2012 big man Shaquille Cleare is one of the most coveted centers in the country while class of 2013 guards Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison are the players who run the show.
Beyond them, Cal Supreme brings a talented squad. 2013 prospect Roschon Prince is their best player, and someone who could be one of the most talented on the wing in the entire country.
Maybe the most talented player at the event will be Chris Thomas of the Colorado Hawks. Thomas is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the 2013 class, and his combination of athleticism, strength, and scoring ability makes him one of the toughest players in the entire country to guard.
Coverage from this event will be from Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon.
Battle for the Arch
Spiece Gym Rats CEO Todd Hensley has started a new event in St. Louis, and the field is a very good one for a first year tournament.
Spiece Indy Heat is one of the top teams in the country. Super freshman Trey Lyles and scoring 2012 guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera lead the way. Also power forward DeJuan Marrero and Purdue pledge Raphael Davis provide a lot of help inside and out.
The Illinois Wolves will have a very talented roster. Leading the way for the Wolves is Purdue commitment Jay Simpson at power forward. Also on the Wolves second 17 and under team, Kendall Stephens, a fast rising 2013 wing, will be in action.
Spice Mo-Kan and Athletes First had a good first weekend at the Nike EYBL, and both will be back in action in St. Louis. Mo-Kan has big center Willie Cauley holding things down up front, while Athletes First has a scoring backcourt of Jordan Woodard, Juwan Parker, and Stevie Clark.
Even with a loaded 17 and under field, the best player at the event might be a 2013 prospect. Ferrari has the services of Jabari Parker who will attempt to continue his assault on the top spot in the national rankings.
At the 16 and under level two teams from Chicago could battle it out for the title. Meanstreets and the Mac Irvin Fire are two of the best at the age group, and have already proven themselves this spring.
Meanstreets is led by their dynamic backcourt of Jaylon Tate, Kendrick Nunn, and Alvin Ellis. Also they are supported by Alex Foster up front. The Fire have super 2014 center Jahlil Okafor as well as guard Kyle Davis to do everything from the perimeter.
Scott Phillips will be covering the event for Scout.com