Part two of the summer scene begins in earnest today with the start of the adidas Super 64 spectacular and across town the Main Event making Las Vegas a showcase for hoops as well as whats its known for already.
The Nashville Celtics bring 17's and 16's into the Super 64 while the Memphis Select will represent with 16's and 15's.
The Celtics will be at full strength for the first time this year and are looking to close with a flurry. We all know the exploits of Jon Hood (Kentucky), Casey Prather (Jackson Northside) and Drew Barham (CBHS), who have been consistently great all summer, but the return of Drew Kelly (Centennial) should certainly bolster the inside prowess for the Celts.
In the 16's the return of Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) combined with Cody Henegar (Marion County) make this Celtics 16 and under squad dangerous. The strength of the team is guard play and they have a fearsome foursome in Ish Sanders (Cleveland), Mitchell Hill (Cookeville), Meiko Lyles (NCA) and Jay Murphy (Bolivar Central).
Memphis Select brings a group of rising players who are more than ready to make themselves a name on the national level. Names you will be familiar with in the coming months include Brandon Wright (Hillcrest), McCoy Pope (Craigmont), Octavious Ellis (Whitehaven), Cedric McAfee (Craigmont) and Nathaniel Rucker (Melrose).
In the 15's the Select have Class of 2012 rising star Myron Johnson (?) and will welcome some players from the 15 and under national championship Memphis Stallions, who have completed their season, including Ray Parks (St. George's), Tony Seal (Craigmont), Marcus Crawford (Sheffield) and Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose).
Moving over to the Main Event, Tennessee representation in the 17 and under is quite strong with the Memphis Magic, Memphis Hoopers and Nashville Celtics Green all prepared for action.
The Magic led by Joe "The Real Thing" Jackson (White Station) feature some of the best players in the class of 2010 alongside prep school bound Sampson Carter (Ridgeway). Mardracus Wade (Mitchell), Tarik Black (Ridgeway), and Tim Peete (Memphis Central) boast a seriously talented and relatively young lineup.
The Hoopers may be without the services of Ole Miss commitment Reginald Buckner (Manassas), but that did'nt slow them down at Battle of the Bluff so why should it in Vegas. Tyler Stone (Memphis Central) is more than ready to exert some shine and become the player he is destined to be. Jonathan Milewski (ECS) and Louis Jones (Carver) are moving up the charts with their efforts and hard play.