Bloomington, Ind. – The city of Bloomington will once again be welcoming many of the nation's brightest up-and-coming basketball players this weekend.
Approximately 1,000 players from around the nation are headed to Bloomington for the Adidas May Classic, which will be held May 12-14. Games will be played at the Bloomington SportsPlex, Assembly Hall, Bloomington High School South and Bloomington High School North.
Tickets will be sold at each of the venues. Daily tickets are $5 on Friday, $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday and are good for each site.
Tournament director Criss Beyers said approximately 110 teams from around the nation will be in town, competing in four different age divisions – 17-and-under, 16-and-under, 15-and-under, and 14-and-under.
"There are some really talented players and teams coming in," Beyers said. "People will have a chance to see some really good talent in all of the age divisions."
The event will feature a handful of the country's premiere AAU teams, including the likes of Mean Streets Express out of Chicago, the Indiana Elite, the Illinois Fire and the St. Louis Gateway squad, among others.
Individually, there are a slew of elite players who will be in attendance, including a handful of the best from the state of Indiana.
The Indiana Elite 17-and-under squad will feature two of the weekend's top attractions in North Central guard Eric Gordon and Houston, Texas standout DeAndre Jordan. The 6-3, 180-pound Gordon is among Scout.com's top 10 players nationally in the 2007 class and already pledged to Illinois. He averaged 26.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists this season, leading North Central to a 20-4 mark.
Jordan, meanwhile, is a 6-10, 210-pounder from Bellaire, Texas, who is Scout.com's tenth-ranked power forward in the country and 22nd ranked player overall in the '07 class. Despite missing the first half of his junior season with a stress fracture in his foot, he bounced back to average 16 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in the final 12 games of the season for Episcopal H.S.
The elite 17-and-under talent isn't limited to just the Indiana Elite squad, though. Also expected in town is Derrick Rose, a 6-3, 180-pound point guard from Chicago who will be playing with the Mean Streets Express squad. A product of Chicago's Simeon H.S., Rose is Scout.com's fifth-ranked player in the nation and the second-ranked point guard who is getting interest from just about every major program in the country.
While the 17-year-old age division might be the featured attraction this weekend, there's plenty of up-and-comers of note as well. Ohio State commit Walter Offutt is a 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard from Warren Central H.S. who will be playing on the Indiana Elite's 15-and-under squad. He'll be joined by Lawrence North sophomore-to-be Stephen VanTreese, considered by many to be the top freshman in the state.
One of the youngest players at the event, meanwhile, will also be garnering plenty of attention. DeShawn Thomas in a 6-7 eighth-grader from Ft. Wayne who has been turning heads on the AAU circuit in recent weeks, someone who is being rumored to be among the nation's top up-and-comers in the 2010 class. He will be competing on the Indiana Elite's 14-and-under squad.
"This is a great event that we're excited to once again have in Bloomington," Beyers said. "It's a unique opportunity for fans to come and see some of the future stars of the game, guys who will be big names in college and beyond."
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