AAU Preview: Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville

  • 04/20/2011 8:36 am in

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

The spring AAU season rolls on this weekend at the ChicagoHoops.com Nike Spring Showdown in Merrillville, Indiana.

The majority of the action will take place at the Fieldhouse of Merrillville, with some of Saturday’s games taking place at the Courts of NWI in Valparaiso. The event is open to the public, but admission prices were not available as of Tuesday evening.

Here is a brief look at some of the players to keep an eye on (All times listed are Central Standard Time):

Indiana Elite Team Indiana 17u
Who: Hanner Perea, Ron Patterson and Yogi Ferrell
When and Where: 11:30 A.M. (Court 1 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

D3 Pride 17u
Who: Gary Harris
When and Where: 9:10 A.M. (Court 1 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 12:40 P.M. (Court 5 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Meanstreets 15u
Who: Drake Harris, Tyler Wideman and Justin King
When and Where: 10:20 A.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 12:40 P.M. (Court 2 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Meanstreets 16u
Who: Alex Foster
When and Where: 11:30 A.M. (Court 3 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 4 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

Indiana Elite 16u
Who: Mark Donnal
When and Where: 10:20 A.M. (Court 6 Merrillville Fieldhouse), 1:50 P.M. (Court 6 Merrillville Fieldhouse)

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  • Diesel

    When will Peter Jurkin be joining Indiana University Elite?

  • I believe July.

  • I believe July.

  • Anonymous

    Should be a good tournament. In the 17 and Under, Meanstreets and the Illinois Wolves are two of the top programs in the country. Mac Irvin Fire has won a few tournaments and was undefeated at the Boo Williams event a few weeks ago. Don’t know the schedules, but for comparison the Spiece team with Smith-Rivera, Trey Lyles, AJ Hammons, and 6 other Big-Ten/Butler targets/signees went 3-2 there.

    I saw a headline that Meanstreets 16u beat Blackmon Jr.’s Spiece team by 2 in the title game of the tournament in St. Louis recently.

  • Diesel

    Shazam is right. The 7 min video from the other day was a bit sloppy, but here is what I like from watching both:

    + Uses both hands around the basket
    + Can finish with authority
    + Threat to shoot from outside as well as take man off the dribble
    + High motor
    + Excellent timing and shot blocking instincts
    + Big body

  • Also, there is a possibility 2014 guard Justin Brent will be there. On the schedule it lists an Indiana Elite 15u team, but there are two teams in that division. Not sure if it is the team with Brent or not. If I figure it out I’ll put a comment here or on twitter.

  • If at all possible Indiana FANS should get down there for this tourny. The Elite Guys love it and they will not dissapoint and the pre game DUNK contest these young men put on before every game is just incredable.

  • did he break the backboard??