Los principales eventos de jugadores HS:
LeBron James Skills Academy: July 6-8
For the second year in a row, LeBron's camp (formerly Nike All-American Camp) will be held at the University of Akron in Ohio. The camp is the conclusion of four positional academies that are hosted by NBA players. The prospects from the position academies meet in Akron for a four-day camp that includes drills, games and the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of college coaches.
The camp includes prospects from the freshman class up to seniors-to-be. Among the top players expected to be in attendance are John Henson (2009), John Wall (2009), Jordan Hamilton (2009), Jereme Richmond (2010), Jeremy Tyler (2010), Harrison Barnes (2010), Michael Gilchrist (2011) and Austin Rivers (2011).
It Takes 5ive Classic: July 6-8
Last year adidas scrapped the camp format and opted for a tournament that matches up the top adidas-sponsored teams at the University of Cincinnati. The first year was a success, and this year it's expected to be an even better event as the adidas-sponsored teams are loaded with prospects.
The top adidas programs participating include the Atlanta Celtics, DC Assault and Indiana Elite One. The Celtics have Scout.com's No. 1 player in Derrick Favors, but also have a host of other major prospects. DC Assault is equipped with a solid team and has a pair of Kansas State commits in Wally Judge and Rodney McGruder. Indiana Elite One is led by Mason Plumlee, Bobby Capobianco, Jordan Hulls, D.J. Byrd and Stephan Van Treese.
RBK U: July 6-10
Since Sonny Vacarro stepped away from the recruiting scene, Reebok's camp moved to Philadelphia and takes place at Philadelphia (Pa.) University. Although it's a different location, it's basically the same event. RBK U will play more games than their competitors at the LeBron, and will also feature an all-star game to close out the event.
The majority of the Reebok-sponsored AAU programs will send their kids to RBK U, but Reebok also held what they called "Headliner Tryout Camps", which gave prospects the opportunity to earn their way into the camp. Last year, John Wall earned a spot at a tryout camp and is now a Top 10 prospect. Among the top players expected to attend are Renardo Sidney (2009), Abdul Gaddy (2009), Avery Bradley (2009) Kenny Boynton (2009), Dominic Cheek (2009), Joe Jackson (2010) and Brandon Knight (2010).
Peach Jam: July 12-15
This Nike-sponsored tournament features the top travel teams on the Nike circuit and is easily one of the best events of the year. The invite-only tournament is a staple for coaches as the best players on the Nike circuit participate in a competitive environment. Last year the New York Gauchos took the crown and were led by UConn signee Kemba Walker.
The 'Chos will return to North Augusta (Ga.) to try and defend their title, but they'll certainly get plenty of competition. The top contenders this year are Athletes First and Houston Hoops. A.F. has one of the best one-two punches in the country with Xavier Henry on the wing and Daniel Orton inside, while H.H. is led by talented point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin and massive big man Keith "Tiny" Gallon.
Vegas Tourneys: July 22-26
Although some teams will head to Orlando for the AAU Showcase, the majority of the recruiting world will be in Las Vegas from July 22-26 for what is known as the biggest week in recruiting. Each of the three main shoe companies host an event, which features their top programs, as well as hundreds of other teams.
Last year, The Main Event consisted of nearly 700 teams, including participants from Canada and New Zealand. While the Reebok Summer Championships and the adidas Super 64 are a little smaller, they are just as competitive and include super pools that match up the top teams in the event during the first two days.
The Gauchos took the Main Event title last year, while Brandon Jennings and Demar DeRozan helped Belmont Shore to the championship at the Summer Championships. Led by Derrick Favors, Chris Singleton and Delwan Graham, the Atlanta Celtics won the Super 64.
AAU Super Showcase & Nationals: July 20-27
The teams that don't head west to Las Vegas will likely land in Orlando (Fla.) for a series of events hosted by the Amateur Athletic Union. This year, AAU will have three divisions for the Super Showcase, running July 20-27. Then on the 27th, the 17's AAU Nationals begins.
The Nationals, which is thought of as the bigger event in Orlando, was won by Team Breakdown last year. The Florida-based squad was led by two of the best guards in the country — Kenny Boynton and Brandon Knight. This year they'll return to Orlando and will get strong competition from Boo Williams, who seems to be a contender every year. B.W. has UNC commit Kendall Marshall, Florida commit Deshawn Painter and at least eight other mid-to-high major prospects.