It Takes 5ive Classic– July 6-8
Adidas scrapped it's Superstar camp for a tournament format consisting of their top teams three years ago, and this year could be their best tournament yet. Majority of the brands top programs will be in Cincinnati (Ohio) and with the LeBron James Skills Academy not opening up to college coaches until the 8th, there will be a very large contingent of college coaches roaming the courts at the University of Cincinnati. Among the top teams expected to attend are the Atlanta Celtics, CP3 All-stars, DC Assault, Florida Rams, Illinois Warriors, Indiana Elite, KC Pump N' Run, Michigan Mustangs, Nashville Celtics, New England Playaz and Pump N' Run.
LeBron/King City Classic – July 5-9
As always Nike is putting together an impressive camp in July, that will consist of many of the nation's top prospects. But unlike years past, the Nike sponsored event has turned into two events. The LeBron James Skills Academy will take place from the 5th through the 7th at the University of Akron, and college coaches will not be allowed to attend. Then, on the 8th, the 80 or so campers in attendance will head to Cleveland to play in front of coaches in what is being called the King City Classic. The event promises to have plenty of star paower as guys like Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, DeShaun Thomas, Jereme Richmond, Dominique Ferguson, Will Barton and many others are expected to attend.
RBK All-American Camp – July 6-10
The guys at Reebok moved their camp from Teaneck (N.J.) to Philadelphia (Pa.) two years ago, but they basically stuck with the same format from the famous ABCD Camp that Sonny Vaccaro ran. While RBK U won't have the same star power at the top that the LeBron James Skills Academy will, it still promises to be a very good event with plenty of prospects. LaQuinton Ross, LeBryan Nash, Joe Jackson, Patric Young, Luke Cothron, Ashton Pankey, Lenzelle Smith, Tony Chenault and Sterling Gibbs are just a few of the many prospects expected to play in front of college coaches.
Peach Jam – July 12-15
Perhaps the best event of year will be held in Augusta (Ga.). The top Nike sponsored programs will be there participating in the loaded Peach Jam. Nike holds a number of events throughout the spring, but the Peach Jam is the cream of the crop, as they cut off the fat from the Boo Williams Invitational and Nike Memorial Day Classic and only take their top teams for the Georgia event. Among the top programs expected are All-Ohio Red, Boo Williams, Baltimore Elite, Houston Hoops, Mac Irvin Fire, NY Gauchos, Spiece Indy Heat and Team Final.
Other Noteable Events:
Hoosier Shootout, Pangos Summer Tip Off, Double Pump West Coast All-Star Camp, NY2LA Next Level Invitational, Big Shots Atlantic Slam I, AAU National's 15's, NY2LA Summer Jam, Pangos Summer Sweet 16, Kentucky Hoopfest, Fullcourt Press All-West Camp, Peach State Classic, Breakdown Hoopfest, Triple "S" Harley Davidson Shootout, Cream of the Crop Challenge
2011 Top 10
1. Michael Gilchrist
2. James McAdoo
3. Austin Rivers
4. Tony Wroten
5. Rakeem Christmas
6. Marquis Teague
7. Johnny O'Bryant
8. Quincy Miller
9. Brad Beal
10. LaQuinton Ross
Full 2011 Top 75
Dave Telep – LeBron James Skills Academy, RBK U, Peach Jam, Triple "S" Harley Davidson Shootout
Evan Daniels – adidas It Takes 5ive Class, LeBron James Skills Academy, Kentucky Hoopfest, Peach Jam