Real Deal Is Real Strong!

The Real Deal on the Hill, in its first year as a major national tournament, is really loaded. From Wayne Ellington to Thaddeus Young, this weekend in Fayetteville should be a special one.

A quick look at the pools for The Real Deal on the Hill reveals some monster matchups. How about a Saturday afternoon tussle between Greg Oden's Spiece Indy Heat and Mike Beasley's D.C. Assault? Folks, that's in pool play! will be in Fayetteville on the campus of the University of Arkansas for the event. We'll cover some of the marquee matchups and delve into the top players and surprise performers from what is sure to be one of the finest AAU weekends of the calendar year.

Among the highly celebrated players in attendance:

  • Greg Oden, Spiece Indy Heat ( No. 1)
  • Darrell Arthur, Team Texas (No. 4)
  • Wayne Ellington, Playaz (No. 6)
  • Thaddeus Young, Memphis Pump ‘n Run (No. 7)
  • Daequan Cook, Spiece Indy Heat (No. 8)
  • Derrick Caracter, NY Panthers (No. 10)
  • Gerald Henderson, Playaz (No. 12)
  • Lance Thomas, New Heights (No. 13)
  • Mike Conley, Spiece Indy Heat (No. 19)
  • Brook Lopez, EBO (No. 23)
  • Jon Scheyer, Illinois Warriors (No. 24)

    That's nearly half of's Top 25 congregated together for one event! Did we mention the young kids?

    2007 standouts like Michael Beasley ( No. 2), Eric Gordon (No. 6), Nolan Smith (No. 7) plus Michigan Hurricanes teammates Darquavis Tucker (No. 20) and Alex Legion (No. 19) will be on the premises.

    This is one of those weekends where the stars will need to play like big timers each time out or someone is going to bump them from their spot. Games tip-off at 8 p.m. on Friday. The event has an official site but will be there to bring you all the action.

    Plus, West Coast analysts Tracy Pierson and Greg Hicks will be out in Las Vegas where the action should be just as hot!

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