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April 30, 2004
Previewing the Spiece Run N Slam
April is one of the busiest months of the year in terms of basketball recruiting. College coaches have seen the top talent in the country. The live period is over but Rivals.com is still on the road. This weekend National Recruiting Analyst Justin Young will be in Fort Wayne, Ind. For the Spiece Run N Slam tournament. Here is a quick look at the teams and players at the event.
After advancing to the finals of the Kingwood Classic last week, Spiece Indy Heat comes into this tournament as the likely favorite. Led by the No. 1 player in the class of 2006, Greg Oden there is good reason to pick the Hoosier state team as the top dog. Joining Oded is Josh McRoberts, Daequan Cook, Mike Conley, Jr. and a handful of talented class of 2007 prospects.
The competing field is strong and several teams will be gunning for the Heat. One of those teams is Seattle Rotary Select. The fellas from Emerald City are led by Terrence Williams and Marcus Williams. Both players shined in Las Vegas earlier in the month and they'll have a chance to square off against Spiece Indy Heat on Friday night.
Here is a look at the rest of the field:
Blessed IJN - Chad Millard, Marques Johnson and Richard Semrau
Illinois Warriors - Julian Wright, Jon Scheyer and Angel Santiago
Illinois Fire - Nate Minnoy, Jeremy Pargo, Tony Freeman, DeAndre Thomas
Martin Brothers. Select - Ross Mardsen and Travis Nelson
DTA Wisconsin - Mitchell Carter and Avery Smith
Salt Lake Metro - Brayden Bell and Tyler Newbold
Spiece Select 2005 - Dominic James
Friends of Hoop Wisconsin - Wesley Matthews, Jr.
LA Rockfish - Brian McTear
Michigan Hurricanes - Eric Devondorf
Fox Valley Skillz - Trevon Hughes
Other teams include: All Ohio Red, Philly MJC, Cincy AAU, Arkansas Hawks and Kentucky Hoop Stars.
Stay tuned to RivalsHoops.com for full tournament coverage of the event this weekend.