Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout

The Justin Sharp Memorial Shootout is named in honor of Justin Sharp, a former player at Rock Island High School. Justin died December 12, 2003 after a battle with leukemia.

From the Illinois side of the river: Rock Island, Geneseo, Alleman, East Moline, Moline, Rock Falls, Dixon, Washington, Rockford Auburn, Rockford Boylan, Peoria Richwoods, Byron, Galesburg, Quincy, Galva, Chicago Douglas and La Salle-Peru.

From the Iowa side of the river: Pleasant Valley, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy, Clinton, Des Moines Roosevelt, Southeast Polk, Johnston, Iowa City West, Urbandale, North Scott, Davenport Assumption, Independence.

Games will be played at Rock Island High School (both boys and girls gymnasiums) 1400-25th Avenue Rock Island and Pepsico Center (Augustana College) located at 1025 30th Street in Rock Island.

This event is NCAA certified which means college coaches will be in attendance and each high school coach participating will have to be qualified to sit on the bench by the NCAA. Also each of the player's and team participating will have to watch a video provided by the NCAA on a number of issues pertaining to the potential college athlete.

According Assistant Directior Thom Sigel (Rock Island's head coach) there's a great list of college coaches coming to this event to see a number of players. Starting with (Washington's) Matt Roth 2008, (Rock Island) Brandon Pullman 2009, (United Township) Kannon Burrage 2009 and (Alleman's) Keelan Prince 2010 all of whom are starting to draw major interest from colleges. Two schools of note according to Sigel that will be in attendance bringing their head coaches will be St. Louis Rick Majerus and Wichita State's Gregg Marshall, but calls are still coming in from other DI schools that will be in attendance.

Illinois has shown some interest in Burrage on a number of occasions this summer, he's been invited to Champaign to visit and participate with the team in a few games. Twice this summer he's scored 39 points.

This event starts Friday July 13th with games starting at 12:00 P.M.

Some of this information was provided by the Justin Sharp website, and the Rock Island Argus.


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