The second 10 day evaluation period of the month of July is now upon us, and coaches and players have hit the road in preparation for some of the best events of the summer. The two main sites for elite events take place in Las Vegas and Orlando, but there are numerous high level tournaments that will be taking place, some that mix teams sponsored by different shoe companies, and that is always a nice change.
Adidas Super 64, July 22-26, Las Vegas, Nevada
This is basically a re-incarnation of the Adidas Invitational which took place earlier in the month. Leading the way in the event is the nation’s No. 1 class of 2012 prospect Shabazz Muhammad and his Dream Vision squad. Muhammad and company are in a loaded pool which features Indiana Elite who recently added D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera to go with their already impressive backcourt of Jeremy Hollowell, Eron Harris, and Kevin Ferrell.
Maybe the most interesting thing about this event is that Isaiah Austin, Kaleb Tarczewski, Cameron Ridley, and Andre Drummond will all face each other during pool play. Those matchups will help determine who is the premier big guy in the country going forward.
Other prospects to keep a close eye on are Chris Thomas of the Colorado Hawks, Perry Ellis of Kansas Pray and Play, Kasey Hill and Malik Price-Martin of the Florida Rams, and Gabe York of the Compton Magic. Overall this is a loaded event with some of the best matchups of the second part of July.
11th Grade AAU Super Showcase, July 23-27, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
As always the Super Showcase is loaded with top teams. With all of the Gold Bracket games taking place in one complex, it is one of the easiest events to cover.
The Gold Bracket is loaded with top teams. Maybe the premier player at the event is Julius Randle. Randle and his Texas Titans team will be participating in a pool with fellow EYBL member Alabama Challenge as well as a very talented Long Island Lightning squad.
Other teams to really keep an eye on include Team Takeover with Jerami Grant and Arnaud Moto, CP3 All-Stars with Rodney Purvis and Brice Johnson, D3 Heat with Gary Harris and Raphael Davis, and BABC which is led by Nerlens Noel, Jake Layman, and Georges Niang.
While not necessarily a super pool format, all of the top teams tend to be in the best pools creating many intriguing matchups. With a mix of teams on the Nike circuit as well as Under Armour sponsored teams, there will be some crossover that we haven’t seen before.
Fab 48, July 22-25, Las Vegas, Nevada
Many of the top Nike teams not participating in Orlando head to Vegas for what is a loaded event. The highlight of this tournament is the Mac Irvin Fire with arguably the finest prospect in all of high school basketball, Jabari Parker.
Also the Drew Gooden Soldiers will look to come back after a disappointing exit at the Nike Peach Jam and come home with a tournament title. The Soldiers are arguably the most talented squad on the circuit with Brandon Ashley, Dominic Artis, Aaron Gordon, and Jabari Bird. In pool play the loaded Soldiers squad faces off with a Belmont Shore team which features Grant Jerrett and Zena Edosomwan. The two California based teams have yet to face each other this summer.
Other top players to keep an eye on include Kyle Anderson of the New Jersey Playaz, Tyler Lewis and Andrew White of Team Loaded, Amile Jefferson of Philly’s Finest, and Kuran Iverson of Connecticut Select.
While the Fab 48 isn't quite as loaded as a few other events, it still features more than its fair share of elite level talent.
AAU 10th Grade Super Showcase, July 21-25, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
While the 11th grade showcase features maybe the best talent at the Disney complex, the 10th grade showcase is also filled with some of the top players in the nation, and will be very competitive.
Peach Jam champions Memphis YOMCA will headline the event. YOMCA has the five-star duo of Nick King and Jonathan Williams which will be tough to stop. Also CIA Bounce out of Canada has their breakout star in Tyler Ennis ready to make a run at the title.
Plenty of other top prospects will also be present at the event, Team United will have their star duo of Kennedy Meeks and Sindarius Thornwell, All Ohio Red has Ohio State commitment Marc Loving, the New York Gauchos feature Dakari Johnson, and Meanstreets has their backcourt tandem of Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate ready to make a run at the title.
Always the 10th grade Super Showcase is a great chance to see some of the top players who typically run on the 16 and under circuit across shoe company lines, and this year it is no different.
Desert Duel, July 26-28, Phoenix, Arizona
Many of the top teams coming from the numerous different events in the city of Las Vegas at the beginning of the evaluation period will make the trek to Phoenix for another impressive event.
In a bracket format that is very interesting to see, the Atlanta Celtics, Illinois Wolves, Franchize All-Stars, Playaz Basketball Club, Mac Irvin Fire, World Wide Renegades, D.C. Assault and many others will be taking place.
Even though it is not the biggest event of the period, it does feature many five and four-star talents.
Other top events: AAU Nationals, St. Louis Summer Showcase, Gym Rats Basketball Nationals, Hoop Group End of Summer Classic, 9th grade Super Showcase, KC Prep Invitational, Adidas Best of Summer