NEXT UP: The High School Basketball World Championship
By Jessie Brewer, Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 3:56 AM
The Grind Session’s High School Basketball World Championship
Arizona Christian University
Mar. 9-12, 2017
The Grind Session’s season concludes with the High School Basketball World Championship. The tournament, which will be played over a four-day span, features a field of 14 teams. Among the players playing in the event is #1 (Scout) senior DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest, Arizona signee), #1 shooting guard (#8 overall, ESPN) Gary Trent, Jr. (Prolific, Duke signee), and #74 junior (247Sports) Darius Days (The Rock), among many others. The full bracket can be viewed on thegrindsession.com along with information on ticket purchases.
The top two seeds, Prolific Prep and The Rock, receive byes in the first round. This is assures that each team that loses in the first round will get to play a consolation matchup. The consolation games will take place on Friday, March 10.
The event lives up to its “World Championship” name, with nearly every team holding multiple international players. The field is made up of multiple players from the following countries: Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Sudan, Sudan, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela.
Prolific Prep (CA)
The Rock (FL)
Sunrise Christian (KS)
Hillcrest Prep (AZ)
Victory Rock Prep (FL)
Mountain Mission (VA)
Virginia Episcopal (VA)
The Tech Academy (CAN)
Liberty Heights (NC)
Oldsmar Christian (FL)
Aspire Academy (AZ)
22 Feet Academy (SC)
Tennessee Prep (TN)
Trinity International (NV)
First Round/Bye Matchups:
Thursday: 1:00- The Tech Academy (8) vs. Liberty Heights (9): The tournament begins with the lengthy Tech Titans taking on the high-flyers of Liberty Heights. This matchup features the 7-foot wingspans of Matur Maker, Makur Maker, and Jahmal Wright taking on the lengthy wings Michael Wynn, Naquan Williams-Day, and Tavion Atkinson.
2:30- Victory Rock Prep (5) vs. 22 Feet Academy (12): Victory Rock Prep, the reigning Grind Session Champions, have the size advantage in this one, but the speedy guard play of 22 Feet will counteract that. This one features Safir Gairges Daow, Thomas Woldetensae, and Jonathan dos Anjos vs. Daniel Sackey, Noah Thomas, and newly-added David Sloan at the guard spot. A nice matchup in the post features VCU signee (No. 95, ESPN) Mayan Kiir taking on Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra.
5:30- Virginia Episcopal (7) vs. Oldsmar Christian (10): This matchup will be a war at the guard spot. Highly-touted junior Jaelin Llewellyn teams up with senior leader Adnan Arslanagic to take on another big time junior (No. 21, Rivals) Elijah Weaver, along with Jhakeem Smith and DJ Mitchell.
7:00- Mountain Mission (6) vs. Aspire Academy (11): A solid Mountain Mission team will take on the Aspire Wizards, who can win big if they get hot early. This one is a solid matchup at every position, despite Mountain Mission having the size advantage. In the post it is (No. 35, 247Sports) Oscar Tshiebwe and Florent Thamba taking on UAB signee Makhtar Gueye, Rodrigue Andela, and Assane Ndiaye. The guard spot features oversized guards Daniil Kasatkin, Bikim Biyombo, and Dawid Saczewski vs. the small Milton Wordlow, Joel Brown, and Dane Quest.
Friday: 4:00- Prolific Prep (1) will play the winner of The Tech Academy/Liberty Heights
7:30- The Rock (2) will play the winner of Virginia Episcopal/Oldsmar Christian
Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, with each team featuring at least one player who holds a D-I offer. Top programs in Arizona and the surrounding area are recruiting many who will play in the event.
Arizona- Signed: DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest)
Offers extended to: Josh Green (Hillcrest)
Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Darius Days (Rock), Malik Hall (Sunrise)
Arizona State- Offers extended to: Matur Maker (Tech), Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Josh Green (Hillcrest)
Expressed interest: Darius Days (Rock)
Northern Arizona- Offers extended to: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest)
UCLA- Offers extended to: Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar)
USC- Offers extended to: Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar), Darius Days (Rock)
Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Pierre Crockrell (Prolific), Makur Maker (Tech)
San Diego State- Offers extended to: Nathan Mensah (Prolific)
Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Simeon Kirkland (Rock)
New Mexico- Signed: Chris Sodom (Tenn Prep)
New Mexico State- Offers extended to: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest)
Southern Utah- Offers extended to: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest)
Utah- Expressed interest: Daniel Sackey (22ft)
Utah State- Offers extended to: Josh Green (Hillcrest)
Nevada- Offers extended to: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest)
UNLV- Offers extended to: Jaelin Llewellyn (V. Episcopal), Josh Green (Hillcrest)
Expressed interest: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest)
All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV
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