Lowdown Classic Makes Debut

The National Academy Invitational isn't the only game in town. The Lowdown Classic makes its debut this week in Houston with guys like Brandon Rush, Gerald Green, Thaddeus Young and Damion James.

When Bobby Jacobs cancelled the Slam Dunk to the Beach a few months back, it left many teams scrambling. A few of the top teams landed at the Lowdown Classic.

Houston could very well be the place to be this week with Hal Pastner's Academy National Invitational and also the Lowdown Classic, a new two-day event that runs Monday and Tuesday and features a pair of elite seniors and four more big-time juniors.

Brandon Rush, one of the top seniors in the nation, will face another top senior whose name has been mentioned as a potential preps-to-pro candidate, Gerald Green, as Mount Zion plays Gulfshores Academy in the final game of the event at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mount Zion also boasts Iowa State-bound Shawn Taggert while Gulfshores has scoring point guard Jovan Adams, who signed with UNLV.

In addition to Mount Zion and Gulfshores, the event will also include two of the top juniors in Mitchell High's (Tenn.) Thaddeus Young and Nacogdoches High's (Texas) Damion James. Perry Stevenson, another highly rated junior forward, will be in attendance with his North Side High (La.) teammates. Arkansas native Michael Washington, who transferred to Heritage Christian (Texas) and was re-classified, will also be participating.

The games will be played at Lutheran South Academy. For more information, go to www.lowdownclassic.com

The following is the schedule:

Monday, Dec. 27

4 p.m. – 14-and-under exhibition game (teams and players to be determined)

5 p.m. – Heritage Christian (Texas) vs. Mitchell High (Tenn.)

6:30 – Nacogdoches High (Texas) vs. Mount Zion Christian Academy (N.C.)

8 p.m. – Gulfshores Academy (Texas) vs. North Side High (La.)

Tuesday, Dec. 28

4 p.m. – 14-and-under exhibition game (teams and players to be determined)

5 p.m. – Heritage Christian vs. North Side

6:30 p.m. – Nacogdoches vs. Mitchell

8 p.m. – Mount Zion vs. Gulfshores

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