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April 16, 2004
Major event coverage kicks-off on Friday
The Las Vegas Spring Showcase and Pump 'N Run summer basketball tournaments are scheduled for tip-off Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several of the nation's top basketball prospects are expected to be attendance in order to showcase their skills.
Las Vegas Spring Showcase
Games for the Las Vegas Spring Showcase, hosted by Hal Pastner, will begin pool play at 6:30 (PST) featuring four sets of games that includes 32 teams. But Saturday will be the highlight with 60 games taking place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The championship rounds begin Saturday night at 8:50 p.m. with Sunday's elimination games beginning at 8 a.m. The Gold Medal game to determine the winner will be at Durango High School at 5:20 p.m. Durango also serves as the tournament headquarters.
Some of the top teams and players expected to attend the Las Vegas Spring Showcase
Houston Hoops- Rashad Woods, Jeremy Barr, Nic Wise (Arizona) and Fendi Onobun (Arizona)
Team Texas Elite- Calvin Miles, Terrel Harris, Kevin Rogers and Keith Davis
Southern Cal All-Stars- Brian Harvey, Chase Budinger, Taylor King (UCLA), Marcus Johnson and Jay Dee Luster
California Elite- Davon Jefferson, Mike Gerrity and Matt Shaw
Salt Lake Metro-Brayden Bell, Tyler Newbold and Joe Darger
Belmont Shore- Jamal Boykin
Pump 'N Run Event
The Pump 'N Run event will begin at 4:30 with five sets of games being played at six different courts. In all the opening day will feature 60 teams. Saturday will begin the pool play and the action heats up with every game seeing the winner move on to contend for the overall championship. Beginning at 9 a.m. 66 games will be played.
To win the tournament you have to stay unbeaten making every game crucial. On Sunday the action picks-up again at 9 a.m. with the champion being crowned after the 4 p.m game at Basic High School.
Some of the top teams and players expected to attend the Pump 'N Run event
Pump 'N Run- Mario Chalmers
Seattle Rotary Select- Marcus Williams and Terrence Williams
EBO/ EA Sports- Darius Logan
Inland I Basketball- Andre McGee
Mean Streets- Brandon Long and Jerel McNeal
Colorado Select- Ray Hall
Houston Select I- Henry Dugat
Charlie Weber Capital Invitational
If our coverage from Las Vegas weren't enough, our Justin Young is in Washington D.C. for the Capital Invitational. Several of the top teams from the East will battle it out for the crown.
Games start off on Friday night as the 16U groups get right into the action. On Saturday, teams will play two pool games. Then those with the best records in their pool move onto the tournament on Sunday afternoon.
Coaches from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and many more will be in attendance.
Here is a quick look at the teams participating:
Albany City Rocks (NY) - Paul Harris, Tiki Mayben (Syracuse)
Blessed IJN Purple (IN) - Chad Millard, Marques Johnson, Richard Semrau
Boo Williams (VA) - Terrance Woodbury, Eric Whitehurst, Vernon Macklin
D.C. Assault - Dante Cunningham
D.C. Blue Devils - Tywon Lawson, Kevin Durant, Eric Price, Mike Freeman
Delaware Sharpshooters - Eric Boateng, Josh Thornton
NY Gauchos - Curtis Kelly, Mike Davis, Jessie Sapp
NJ Panthers - Derrick Caracter, Kiwan Smith
NY Panters - Antonio Pena, Kasheem Seawright
NY Ravens - Ricky Torres, John Oates
Playaz - Brandon Costner, J.R. Inman, Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson
Southern Nevada All-Stars - Kashif Watson, Nate Shulte, Marcus Lawrence
Syracuse Rochester Rap - Greg Paulus (Duke), Andray Blatche
Tallahassee Wildcats - Abdul Herrera, Jermaine Taylor
Other teams of note: Baltimore Select, Cecil Kirk, First Baptist Crusaders, Georgia Hawks, Juice All-Stars, National Christian Academy, New Jersey All-Stars, Pittsburgh JOTS, Team Philly MJC
Stay tuned to RivalsHoops.com for weekend coverage and player updates from both Vegas events as well as the Charlie Weber Capital Invitational in Washington, D.C.