Welcome to the 16th annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
One of the single best events in the entire country, this event covers over 20 sites including the Dean Dome on the campus of North Carolina, Cameron Indoor Stadium, home to the Dukies and North Carolina State.
In the 17 and under division four teams with some Tennessee hoopsters take the court on Friday night with an eye on ending up on Sunday playing under the banners that read, Worthy, Perkins and Jordan.
Memphis is well represented with three squads including the Memphis Magic Elite, the Memphis Stallions and the M33M. Over in Nashville the Celtics are the fourth squad in the event.
Joe Jackson (White Station) leads a very talented Magic squad. The 5'11 rising senior is at his best in these large events and his supporting cast is solid to say the least.
Tarik Black (Ridgeway), Chris Crawford (Sheffield) and Ronald "Tank" Brown (Raleigh-Egypt) lead a host of players who want to make a name in this prestigious event.
The Memphis Stallions come to Carolina sporting a solid squad led by Mighty Chris Jones (Melrose), A.J. Cunningham (Cordova) and Nick Mason (Southwind).
A M33M sighting for this event features a hodge-podge of players from numerous states including Tennessee. Mardracus Wade (Mitchell), Tim Peete (Central) and Adonis Thomas (Melrose) round out a superb triumvirate for the Mike Miller squad.
The Celtics should be full strength for the first time since Real Deal. Casey Prather (Jackson Northside), Austin Hollins (Germantown) and Ish Sanders (Cleveland) lead the Celtics who will need a big weekend from their inside crew of "King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) and Cody Henegar (Marion County).
Moving to the 16's the lone representative will be the Nashville Celtics. They will however be playing without Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) who is still nursing a bad foot. Look for a huge effort from their sparkplug, Kendall "Ant 2.0" Anthony (Liberty Tech).
The Memphis YOMCA 15's will bring their formidible talent to the event along with the Nashville Celtics to represent in the 15 and under division.
Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) leads a balanced YOMCA attack while the Celtics appear to be healthy for the first time this season. Class of 2013 stalwart Cornelius Elder (Ensworth) is worth the price of admission. The Celtics will look for big games from their inside boss David Howard (MBA).
To find out more information and schedules go to www.bobgibbons.net.