Wednesday, April 6, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: DMV UA Next Combine Series For 8th Graders Approaching Sell-Out
The Elite 24 game played annually on the tip of Pier 2, address Brooklyn Bridge Park, jutting like a finger into the East River not a bad place for a basketball game especially on the glistening hardwood court brought in by Under Armour. In the background you will find the Manhattan skyline and the magnificant presence of the Brooklyn Bridge. Tugboats, water taxis, and the odd old Yankee clipper ship plow the bottle-green surface of the river, under a sky blue sky and a stand full of on-lookers.
This is the location were the country’s best eighth-graders and high school players will be put on display; decked head-to-toe in Under Armour apparel. Before anyone can be indoctrinated and appear on the frontline of basketball exposer or ESPN for that matter; one must survive the gauntlet of players at the regional combine series.
In 2006 UA introduced the event and the country to NBA players: Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan, Michael Beasley, Kyle Singler (street nickname “Shampoo”), Brandon Jennings (Elite 24 single-game assist record holder), Tyreke Evans, J.J. Hickson, Cole Aldrich (“Cole Play”), Jerryd Bayless (“Pay Up”), and Lance Stephenson. The inaugural game was the focus of the documentary Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot, directed by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
Fourteen of the top 100 high school players in the 2015 ESPN 100 were there, eight of them from the top 20 — including Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, and Jaylen Brown. Four of the top-ranked players in the class of 2016 were there, including Thon Maker, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and Harry Giles.
With six national locations (Washington DC, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, Northern & Southern California) and limited spots for this invite only event; Ohio has SOLD OUT, Georgia already has a waiting list, and with less than 48-hours remaining for registration into the DC Event which will provide each in attendance with a regional specific shoe and apparel package the Under Armour Combine Series continues to attract the best and brightest. Representatives expect the DC location to be sold out no later than Monday April 11th and have already confirmed participation from some of the nation’s highest rated middle school ballers.
Reports are that some of the players to keep an eye on at the coming event(s):
6’10 (F) Zach Loveday (OH), 6’4 (Wing) CJ Wilcher (PA), 6’8 (F) Andrew King (PA), 6’2 (PG)Quaran McPherson (NY), 6’3 (PG) Okay Djamgouz (Canada), 6’2 (CG) Jordan Toles (MD), 5’9 (PG) Eden Davis, (DE), 6’7 (Wing) Nate Tabor (NY),5’9 (SG) RJ Davis (NY),6’3 (Wing) James Wilborn (MI), 6’6 (CG) Che Evans (MD), 6’9 (F) Elijah Evert (NJ), 6’7 (Wing) Trey Hall (Conn)
Washington DC registration closes shortly with limited spot remaining for more information visit immediately – NOTE: this is an INVITATION ONLY EVENT – WAIT LISTED PLAYERS WILL BE CONTACTED MONDAY APRIL 11th IF ANY SPOTS REMAIN