We are in the middle of an intense summer of travel basketball leagues, and Toi Baylor and Nike EYB have brought out the big guns to their much anticipated events.
The Baylor Youth Foundation has hosted several top notch tournaments with the pinnacle of them all being The Chicago Jam Classic. Over 200 colleges poured into her event last week to see who the next Jabari Parker or Jahlil Okafor would be, as Baylor Youth has hosted these all-world talents as well as others. Fans and coaches were all introduced to the 6’11 guard-skilled power forward Malik Williams at the Baylor Youth event. Williams is experiencing a meteoric rise to the top of the rankings and is being compared to a young Kevin Garnett, who we all know brought his talent to Farragut High School back in the early 90’s and would go on to become an obvious NBA legend. At the Chicago Jam Classic, coaches and scouts were able to verify the star ability of Theo John and Gary Trent Jr., both members of team Howard Pulley. Next year get to the Chicago Jam Classic several hours early because there is usually standing room only.
Nike EYB confirms the fact that the base for high school basketball talent and recruiting anchors in the windy city or as Nike coined the “Win City.”
The Nike Global Challenge event that ends today brought in players from around the world who squared off against the best from the US. Players in attendance included Jayson Tatum (class of 2016’s number one player), Jeremiah Tilmon (the 6’10 do-it-all big man), and Miles Bridges (considered the top swing-man in the class of 2016). College coaches and NBA scouts graced the sidelines at the Global Challenge and were thrilled to be in the biggest venue for the nation’s top high school basketball stars.
Bottom line… the Chicagoland area remains the main battle ground for basketball talent, and the Baylor Youth Foundation and Nike EYB are a major reason for this. Stay tuned for the upcoming stories of players from both events.