The 68-team, bracket-busting, national basketball tournament may be over … but that doesn’t mean that high quality basketball is over for the season.
Some of the nation’s foremost young, amateur basketball stars will converge on West Michigan this weekend for the 2014 Adidas Storm Classic.
Last April, over 250 teams from seven states and Canada took part in the 2013 event and was considered to be Michigan's top NCAA-Certified spring event.
Even with spring break and a late Easter forcing a date change, the 2014 Adidas Storm Classic is expected to be one of the best fields ever.
Jason Martin from the Grand Rapids Storm, our local AAU organization that runs and manages the event, says that this is the deepest field ever as far as player talent that he has seen.
The event will feature some of the best, homegrown, high school hoops talent there is, including:
Josh Jackson – rated as one of the Top 50 players in the country for current sophomores (class of 2016)
Deyonta Davis – class of 2015 from Muskegon High School, already committed to MSU
Brent Hibbitts – class of 2015 from Hudsonville High School, a Division I prospect
Brad Brechting – class of 2015 from Cedar Springs High School, also a Division I prospect
Some of the AAU teams competing this weekend include: the West Michigan Lakers, the Detroit Stars and the MI Triple Threat, as well as the host team Grand Rapids Storm.
But one of the splashiest names in AAU ball will be there as well. The King James Shooting Stars. The team, based out of Akron, Ohio and, as indicated by their name, organized by LeBron James and his associates, is widely believed to have some of the best players out of the state of Ohio.
In addition to the top-caliber talent, the tournament draw also draws a lot of interest from college coaches and their staff members from college programs from all around the Midwest and beyond. Over 80 college coaches were present for the 2013 event.
The 2014 Adidas Storm Classic starts Friday and runs through Sunday at various sites throughout West Michigan, including MVP Fieldhouse in Cascade, which is the main headquarters for the tournament and where the best high school players and teams will play.
For complete info on teams attending, game times, tickets and more, go to www.stormclassic.com.
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