AAU Talent Galore Expected At The Warm Up

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how many of Arkansas' top high school basketball players will be on display this weekend at The Warmup in Bentonville.This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

Arkansas basketball fans can get a look at several of the state’s top prospects as well as some of the nation’s best this weekend in Bentonville.

The Warm Up, an AAU Tournament featuring Tigers junior star Malik Monk and the Arkansas Wings, will run Friday through Sunday at Bentonville High School and Butterfield and Fulbright Middle Schools.

Headed up by former Razorback football and basketball star Marcus Monk, The Warm Up will run concurrent with the Real Deal in the Rock, which used to be held in Fayetteville.

“It is a high level event that not only features some of the best high school players in our state and the nation, but also some of the best organizations,” Monk said. “We are excited to get a high level tournament back to this part of the state.”

The 17-and-under Arkansas Wings, will play in a Showcase game against Elfrid Payton Elite Friday night at around 8 p.m.

The Wings feature Monk (6-4, 190) – the nation’s fourth-best 2016 prospect per Scout .com who averaged 26.9 points per game this season – as well as Van Buren forward Mitchell Smith (6-10, 210), both of whom have been offered by Arkansas.

The Wings also feature Fayetteville guard Payton Willis (6-4, 170), Pulaski Academy guard Lawson Korita (6-4, 180) and the Southwest Christian Academy duo of Eric Curry (6-7, 200) and former Bentonville standout Tyrik Dixon (6-1, 170).

That same group is also set for Saturday pool play games at 11:20 a.m, 3:40 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. with action starting Sunday at 8:20 a.m. and the championship game at 2 p.m.

The Arkansas Wings’ 16-and-under team will play Team Texas at 7 p.m. to kick off action.

The younger Wings team will also be in action at 12:20, 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The Wings’ younger squad features 7-foot-3 freshman Connor Vanover of Arkansas Baptist as well as 6-10 Daniel Gafford of El Dorado.

The other 17-and-under teams involved are Mokan Elite, Illinois Ballers, Team Penny, Nebraska Elite, Tulsa Gators, Team Texas-Southwest Elite, OZ Gold Elite, Texas Lightning, Athletes First, cPhase, Northwest Arkansas Wings and the Nick Mason All-Stars.

Action will start at 10 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. on Saturday.

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