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Monday, July 09, 2007

July Is the Big High School Camp Month

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By Evan Daniels
Posted Jul 5, 2007 and its staff members are prepared to bring you the most comprehensive camp coverage anywhere on the planet! Buckle, you're in for a wild ride!

The July evaluation periods are important as ever and starting on July 6th college coaches will hit the trail trying to be seen by current prospects and evaluating new ones. Coaches will have a pair of evaluation periods this month. The first one is from the 6th through the 15th and the second begins on the 22nd and runs through the 31st.

The first period features a number of camps including the LeBron James Skills Academy, RBK U., West Coast All-Star Camp and the Fullcourt All-West Camp.

This period will also include a handful of quality of tournaments. The adidas Take 5ive Classic is in its first year and looks to be a loaded event. It’s the first time in recent memory where adidas did not operate an all-american camp and represents one of the changes of the July landscape

The second week of the month is highlighted by the Nike Peach Jam. The event always draws the top Nike teams and prospects.

The second evaluation period of the month will send most of the recruiting world to Las Vegas for a variety of events. Each shoe company will have their respective tournament from the 22nd through the 26th.

While most will be in Las Vegas, the Super Showcase is becoming a popular event, especially for Nike teams. After the Showcase (22nd – 26th) a number of other teams will head to Orlando for the AAU Nationals, which runs July 26th until August 1st, and is always a great place to be seen.

Plenty To Prove
Greg Monroe still remains at the top of our 2008 list. However there are a handful of other prospects pushing for the number one spot. Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Al-Farouq Aminu, Samardo Samuels and Delvon Roe have all made strong cases this spring and will certainly be re-assessed during July.

In June guys like Scotty Hopson, Demar DeRozan and Tyler Zeller made statements, and if there strong play continues this month a bid for the McDonald’s All-American game could get wrapped up.

Evans On The Rise

While the 2008 class is beginning to sort its self out, the 2009 class has already developed plenty of star power at the top and is starting to gain depth. Renardo Sidney and Xavier Henry have made their way to the top, but Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and John Riek aren’t too far behind.

July will also give us a glimpse of the future, as more 2010 prospects will begin popping up at events across the country. At this point Jeremy Tyler and DeShaun Thomas headline the sophomore class, but we will continue to see more top guys emerge as the spotlight shifts later in the month toward the younger players.

Camp Changes
In the past there have been nearly 450 campers at shoe-affiliated camps, but that will all change this year. The camps have been cut down, and in some cases cut out. Events are focusing more on skills and development. Nike and Reebok are sticking with similar formats, while adidas is the first to completely move to a tournament event instead of a camp.

Nike LeBron James Skills Academy (Akron, Ohio)

With many involved in grassroots calling for more skill development, Nike began their positional Skills Academy’s this year. The mini-camps were run in late June and were hosted by Steve Nash, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant and Amare Stoudemire and featured 20 of the best prospects at their respective positions.

The culmination of the skills camps is the LeBron James Skills Academy, which will take place in Akron, Ohio from July 6th through the 9th. Most of the top performers from the Skills Academy’s will be in attendance including four of’s top five. Greg Monroe, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu, Delvon Roe, Samardo Samuels and Tyreke Evans are all expected to be in attendance.

Reebok U.

While Nike revamped their program, Reebok went through some changes too. Sonny Vacarro stepped out of the scene, making way for Chris Rivers to put on RBK U. in Philadelphia from July 6th to the 10th.

Williams Will Be There

Even with changes at the top, it looks like Reebok is putting together a great event, and will have a similar schedule to the one they’ve had with ABCD Camp. Among the top prospects expected to suit it up in Philly are Brandon Jennings, Renardo Sidney, Elliot Williams, Malcolm Lee and William Buford.

adidas Take 5ive Classic

Although the camp setting is still alive for Nike and Reebok, adidas is taking their grassroots program in a new direction. This year they are putting on the adidas Take 5ive Classic, which will be played on the University of Cincinnati’s campus from July 6th through the 8th.

Not all, but a vast majority of adidas top programs will be in attendance. The Atlanta Celtics (Derrick Favors, Chris Singleton, Howard Thompkins), Pump n’ Run (Jrue Holiday, Larry Drew, Jerime Anderson, Reeves Nelson and the Wear twins) and Indy Elite (Tyler Zeller and Emmanuel Negedu) anchor a strong field of adidas teams.

Other Top Events

The two camps and the adidas tournament are among the most popular events, but there are plenty of other tournaments that will be played throughout the country in July. Here’s a list of some of the top tourneys for the rest of the month:

King James Summer Showcase: July 6th - 8th
Hoosier Shootout: July 6th – 8th
Kentucky Hoopfest: July 9th – 12th
adidas Celtics Summer Kick-Off: July 11th and 12th
Eastern Invitational: July 12th – 15th
Nike Peach Jam: July 12th – 15th
Battle of the Bluff: July 13th – 15th
adidas Three-Stripes: July 13th – 15th
Triple S Harley-Davidson Jam Fest: July 14th – 16th
Playaz Ball: July 14th and 15th
GBOA Challenge of Champions: July 19th – 21st
adidas Super 64: July 22nd – 26th
Reebok Summer Championships: July 22nd – 26th
Main Event: July 22nd – 26th
AAU 16U Super Showcase: July 22nd and 23rd
AAU 17U Super Showcase: July 24th – 27th
Las Vegas National Championship: July 27th – 31st
adidas Best of Summer: July 27th – 31st
AAU Nationals: July 27th – 31st
Fullcourt Press End of the Trail Classic: July 28th – 31st
Price Chopper Invitational: July 28th – 31st
Nike Global Challenge: July 29th – 31st’s Summer Schedule
Dave Telep

LeBron James Skills Academy: July 6th – 8th
RBK U: July 9th and 10th
Nike Peach Jam: July 12th and 13th
Triple S Harley Davidson Jam Fest: July 14th – 16th
adidas Super 64 and Reebok Summer Championship: July 22nd – 26th
AAU Nationals: July 28th – 31st
Evan Daniels

adidas Take 5ive Classic: July 6th and 7th
LeBron James Skills Academy: July 8th and 9th
Kentucky Hoopfest: July 11th and 12th
Nike Peach Jam: July 13th – 15th
GBOA Challenge of Champions: July 20th and 21st
adidas Super 64, Nike Main Event and RBK Summer Championship: July 22nd – 26th
Greg Hicks

West Coast All-Star Camp #1: July 6th – 9th
Fullcourt Press All-West Camp: July 10th -12th
West Coast All-Star Camp #2: July 10th – 13th
adidas Three Stripes: July 13th – 15th
adidas Super 64, Nike Main Event and RBK Summer Championship: July 22nd – 26th
Best of Summer: July 17th – 31st
Tracy Pierson

adidas Take 5ive Classic: July 6th and 7th
LeBron James Skills Academy: July 8th and 9th
Fullcourt Press All-West Camp: July 10th - 12th
West Coast All-Star Camp #2: July 10th – 13th
adidas Three Stripes: July 13th – 15th
adidas Super 64, Nike Main Event and RBK Summer Championship: July 22nd – 26th
Best of Summer: July 17th – 31st
Mike Sullivan

Eastern Invitational
NY HS Invitational
Reebok Summer East
Playaz Ball
Super Showcase 16s
Super Showcase 17s
Part of National AAU (first 2 days)

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