Future Hoosiers and tomorrow's basketball stars will be on display this weekend in Bloomington.
One of the nation's elite AAU basketball tournaments, the Adidas May Classic, tips off Friday night and runs through Sunday. The event will attract 171 teams in three different age groups to town, and provides basketball fans with a rare up-close glimpse at some of the nation's elite up-and-coming basketball talents.
"It's a chance to see some of these guys up close," said tournament director Criss Beyers. "Some of these guys you've seen here you can now see on TV playing in college or in the NBA."
This is the ninth year for the event, which started off as the Memorial Day Classic with 40-50 teams in 2000. Since then it's changed names and dates on the calendar while growing into one of the biggest AAU events on the calendar. The event will once again be centered at the Bloomington SportsPlex, but will also have games held locally at Assembly Hall, Bloomington North H.S., Bloomington South H.S., Martinsville H.S., Edgewood H.S., Eastern H.S., and Summit Elementary.
The local venues will be the site of the event's games in the high-profile 17, 16 and 15 year old age groups. The AMC will also have approximately 60 teams competing in younger age groups (grades 4-8) and those contests will be played in Indianapolis.
The AMC has attracted big names such as Greg Oden, D.J. White, Derrick Rose and Shelden Williams in the past, and this year's event is no different. Among the noteworthy items for basketball fans to see:
- Maurice Sutton – The 6-10, 210-pound Class of '08 recruit will be performing double-duty this weekend. First of all, he'll be playing with the Indiana Elite LNO squad in the 17-and-under age group. But he'll also be making his visit to the IU program. The Upper Maryland (Md.) Upper Largo H.S. standout told HoosierNation.com last week that he's favoring IU and is a potential spring signee for Coach Tom Crean.
- Bobby Capobianco – The 6-8, 230-pound junior was the first player to pledge to Tom Crean after he took over the IU program, and he figures to be a featured attraction for Indiana basketball fans. Capobianco plays with the Indiana Elite-One 17-and-under team, which will play its two pool games at Assembly Hall at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.
- David & Travis Wear – This twins from Santa Ana, Cal., are expected to be in town playing with the Southern Cal All-Stars. Both are 6-9 and 225 pounds and they've already verbally committed to play for Roy Williams at North Carolina. David is the 31st ranked player nationally in the '09 class, while Travis is No. 32.
- Christian Watford – The 6-7 ½, 215-pound forward from Shades Valley Technical Academy in Birmingham, Ala., will be playing with the M33M 17-and-under team (current NBA player Mike Miller's team), and will be playing his pool games at Assembly Hall on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Indiana is one of a handful of programs that has already offered Watford, the 41st ranked player in the 2009 class.
- Indiana Elite One – Capobianco is one of a handful of talented players on the Indiana Elite team to keep an eye on. Mason Plumlee (Duke commit), Stephan Van Treese, Jordan Prosser, Colt Ryan, Ray McCallum and Jordan Hulls are among the other standouts who will wind up playing high Division I.
- Kyle Rowley – The 7-0, 280-pound center from Lake Forest Academy was originally expected to be an '09 recruit, but he graduated early and is now bound for Northwestern in the fall.
- Derrick Rose – Rose turned plenty of heads two years ago when he was one of the marquee names at the AMC, and now the NBA-bound star is expected to be in town again to help coach the Chicago Express AAU squad that he played with as a youth.
- Michigan Mustangs – Trey Zeigler is a 6-3 wing from the Class of 2010 who is a four-star recruit that will be playing with the Michigan Mustangs. The Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native is the son of Central Michigan head coach Ernie Zeigler.
Tickets on Friday and Sunday are $5, while Saturday's is $10. Preschool age children get in free.
Adidas May Classic Schedule/Teams
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