Houston Kingwood Classic Preview
The Houston Kingwood Classic is set to tip off next weekend with over 400 teams, including the top 25 AAU summer travel teams in America, and many of the top young ballers in the nation.
The premier Nike, Reebok and Adidas teams are all expected to meet under one roof, including such high-profile squads as Spiece Indy Heat, Syracuse Rochester RAP, New Jersey Panthers, Georgia Stars, Houston Hoops, Illinois Warriors, Playaz Basketball Club (NJ), New York Gauchos and the Atlanta Celtics. The top underclassmen will be attending, including Louis Williams and Derrick Caracter, SchoolSports' top-ranked players in the Class of 2005 and 2006, respectively. Also in attendance will be freshman sensation O.J. Mayo, upon whom many are already slapping the label of "Next LeBron."
The tournament has also been certified as a "live" event for NCAA Division I college coaches to attend, which means it will likely be teeming with recruiters. Virtually every major college coach and assistant in the US are expected in attendance, including the likes of Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Lute Olson, Mike Krzyzewski, Henry Bibby, Bill Self, Jim Boheim, Paul Hewitt, Jim Calhoun, Mike Montgomery, Rick Barnes, Bobby Knight, Kelvin Sampson and John Calipari, and. In addition, every NBA team has asked for credentials as a chance to preview the future elite talent.
The top players from the Class of 2005 expected to attend the Kingwood Classic include: Tyler Hansbrough, Keith Brumbaugh, Brandon Rush, Josh McRoberts, Tyler Smith, Louis Williams, Monta Ellis, Greg Paulus, Andray Blatche, Andre McGee, Julian Wright, Brandon Costner, Marcus Ginyard, Jamont Gordon, David Huertas, Rashad Woods and Fendi Onobun.
The top expected players from the Class of 2006 include Derrick Caracter, Greg Oden, Vernon Macklin, Jawan Carter, Curtis Kelly, Jon Scheyer, Kevin Durant and Nic Wise.