Nation's Best Headed to Bloomington

Devin Ebanks (pictured) is just one of a handful of the elite players who will be in Bloomington this weekend for the Adidas May Classic. One of the nation's elite AAU events, the AMC offers fans with a unique opportunity to see some potential future Hoosiers as well as some of the best young players in the country...

Bloomington, Ind. – One way or another, IU basketball fans can catch a glimpse of the future this weekend in Bloomington.

That's because many of the country's top prep basketball players will be converging in Bloomington to compete in the Adidas May Classic Friday-Sunday. This weekend's AAU basketball tournament will include approximately 120 teams from coast-to-coast competing in four different age groups – 14, 15, 16, and 17-under. The five courts at the Bloomington SportsPlex will be the home base for the event, while additional games will be played at Assembly Hall as well as Bloomington North and Bloomington South high schools.

While there will be in excess of 1,000 competitors, it's an event that's more about quality than quantity. Many of the country's premier players and teams will be in attendance, including a plethora of IU basketball recruiting targets.

Among the Class of 2008 prospects who have caught the IU coaching staff's collective eye are 6-9 forward Devin Ebanks (Team Takeover), 6-9 center Michael Dunigan (Meanstreets), 6-10 forward Tyler Zeller (Indiana Elite), 6-11 center Beas Hamga (Indiana Elite) and 5-10 point guard Lewis Jackson (Indiana Elite), among others. There are also a handful of top-40 recruits who that will be playing who have already made their college decisions, such as 6-6 forward Emmanuel Negedu (Arizona commit) and 6-8 forward Yancy Gates (Cincinnati).

And finally, fans can see some of the best players in the younger age divisions who will soon be national recruiting names. Perhaps the biggest of the bunch is Deshaun Thomas, the 6-7, 210-pounder from Ft. Wayne's Bishop Luers H.S. who has already been tabbed as the best player in the 2010 class.

"You've got the best players in Indiana, in all ages 14-and-up, and then some of the top-ranked players in the country coming," said tournament director Criss Beyers. "There are very few times that in the Midwest you can go see the top-ranked teams in the country, ranging from California to New York. But that's the caliber of team and the caliber of player that will be in town this weekend."

The annual event has traditionally brought in some of the country's best for fans to watch. In past years, players such as Carmelo Anthony, Sebastian Telfair, Caron Butler, Julian Wright, Corey Brewer, Greg Oden, J.J. Redick and D.J. White are among those who have put their talents on display for the on-lookers.

"It's a unique opportunity for basketball fans, whether you're an IU fan or not," Beyers said. "There will be a lot of players competing that IU is recruiting, but there are also a lot of players who will soon be national names, if they aren't so already."

Games start Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday's contests get underway at 8 a.m. and continue all day and evening. Sunday's competition, meanwhile, gets underway at 8 a.m., with the championship games scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 on Friday and $10 on both Saturday and Sunday. Each day's ticket is good at each of the four venues. Top Stories