21 teams are participating in this year's event including teams from
Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, New York, Indiana, and Quebec,
The event is loaded with future college hoops stars. The past two
years the event has hosted over 40 future Division I players and has
included players like JR Smith (New Orleans Hornets), Josh Boone (UConn),
Rudy Gay (UConn), Ivan Harris (Ohio State), Martin Iti (Charlotte), Juan
Diego Tello Palacios (Louisville), J.R. Reynolds (Virginia), Isaiah Swann
(Florida State), Van Wafer (Florida State), and Seth Gorney (Iowa).
With such an impressive list of alumni the challenge was to fill this year's
field with the same level of talent. The organizers of the event put
together a field that could have as many as 30 future Division I players.
Highlighting this year's field are the following:
SF - B.J. Raymond - Verbal to Xavier - Rated by Scout.com as the 17th in his
class at SF, he is considered by most as the top player in Ohio of the 2005
PG - Michael Hall - Dayton, Cincinnati, Xavier, Miami, Bowling Green,
Michigan State, Ohio State - One of the best guards in Ohio's 2005 class.
SF - Chris Knight - Cincinnati, Seton Hall, St. Joseph's, Xavier - one of
the top five SF in Ohio this year. Great off the dribble and solid jumper
behind the arc.
PF - Zach Hillesland - Verbal Notre Dame - Chose the Irish over Michigan,
North Carolina State, and Northwestern. Smart player that will do well in
Notre Dame's system.
SG - Johny Wolf - Miami (OH), Bowling Green, Cincinnati - Ranked by Ohio
Prep Spotlight as the SG in the 2005 class in Ohio.
SG - Daequan Cook - Michigan, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, Indiana,
Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse - One of the most exciting players
in the country. Scouts.com has him rated as the top SG prospect of his
class and the 6th best overall.
PG - Demond Carter - Verbal to Baylor - Chose Baylor over Georgia Tech, Ohio
State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arkansas. The first player ever invited to the
Nike All American camp as an 8th grader. Scout.com has him ranked 6th at PG
in 2006 and 45th overall.
SG - Kevin Branch - Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky - A fast
rising star of the 2007 class.
C - Aaron Pogue - Ohio State, Cincinnati - Only a sophomore he already is a
towering 6-8 and 290lbs. He's quite agile for his size and will only get
better the next two years.
Since the event takes place over a holiday weekend, it usually attracts a
lot of coaches and scouts. Past events were attended by Tubby Smith, Tom
Crean, Oliver Purnell, Jim O'Brien, Paul Biancardi, Thad Matta, Mike Davis
and many others. Dayton certainly is a great place to be this weekend if
you are a hoops fan!
For more information on the tournament visit www.flyintothehoop.com.