So, we'll give you the lay of the land and set the stage for the month of April. The party actually gets started this weekend in Hampton, Va., with the prestigious Boo Williams Invitational. One problem: college coaches aren't invited. The first set of weekend events the college guys can hit up begins April 14. Allow us to break down the month for you with the most high-profile events each weekend on the docket.
April 7-9 (Boo Williams Invitational)
The always-competitive, never dull Boo Williams kicks off Scout.com's coverage. For one recruiting analyst, this will be his 10th drive from the Tar Heel State to the campus where one-time Clemson assistant Kevin Nickelberry now presides over the Hampton program. The event is the major spring gathering for Nike travel teams and its always loaded. Boo's deal has typically been a spring board for major talents (see Sherron Collins, Andrew Bynum).
April 14-16 (Real Deal On The Hill)
Last year this event exploded as Thaddeus Young's team nipped Greg Oden's crew for the title. College coaches will flock to Fayetteville where countless teams of all shoe affiliations will be on display and this is the hottest event of the weekend. Teams will travel from the West Coast to play in front of what is expected to be a strong throng of recruiters. Other high-profile events: Weber Easter Classic (Washington, D.C.), Texas Classic (Pearland, Tex.).
April 21-23 (Kingwood Classic)
This Hal Pastner special has become the biggest spring tournament of its kind. Again, teams from all shoe companies are likely to attend and this one is regarded as THE place to be for the weekend. Head coaches use this one as their coming out event and they find their way here in droves. The kids – all across the country – circle this one and want to be a part of the festivities. Pastner keeps the games on a tight schedule and overtimes are not permitted in this well-run event. Other Weekend Events: Double Pump Spring (Las Vegas), Weber Spring Fling (Washington, D.C.), National Grass Roots Shootout (Louisville, Ky.).
April 28-30 (King James Classic)
When LeBron weighs in on the prep scene, people listen. The King James Classic, in its first year as a big time event, even managed to get its title game on television (regional Fox). There's a buzz about the newcomer to the spring scene and this one is also certified for college coaches. Other High-Profile Events: Las Vegas Spring Showcase, Double Pump Spring Classic (Las Vegas), Capitol Invitational (Washington, D.C.), Next Level Invitational (Dallas, Tex.).