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May 3, 2011

Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational starts Friday

The Nike Baltimore Elite basketball program will be home this weekend for its own AAU tournament.

The Nike Baltimore Elite Invitational Basketball Tournament is scheduled for May 6-8 at CCBC-Catonsville Annapolis Area Christian School and other Baltimore-area sites.

The tournament will feature six of the country's top 10 recruits from the 2012 class in power forward DaJuan Coleman of the Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks, center Kaleb Tarczewski and Duke-bound forward Alex Murphy of the New England Playaz, forward Amile Jefferson of Philly's Finest, Villanova center commitment Daniel Ochefu of Cuttino Mobley Philly Pride, and forward Kyle Anderson of the Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.) -- which won the 2011 NBE Invitational at Hoop Magic in Chantilly, Va.

Other players to watch include:

Top players to watch from the class of 2012

Jamel Artis, 6-6 guard, Baltimore Elite, St. Benedict (N.J.)
Sam Cassell Jr., 6-2 guard, Baltimore Elite, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)
Shaquille Cleare, 6-9 center, Houston Defenders, The Village School (Texas)
Savon Goodman, 6-6 guard, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.), Academy of The New Church Boys (Pa.), Villanova commitment
Jerami Grant, 6-8 forward, Team Takeover (D.C.), DeMatha
Isaiah Miles, 6-8 forward, Baltimore Elite, Glenelg Country School
Arnaud Moto, 6-5 guard, Team Takeover (D.C.), Episcopal (Va.)
James Robinson, 6-3 guard, Team Takeover (D.C.), DeMatha
Jevon Thomas, 6-0 guard, Our Savior Of New American (N.Y.), St. John's commitment
Darrick Wood, 6-4 guard, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.), Nia Prep (N.J.)

Top players to watch from the class of 2013

Bee Jay Anya, 6-9 center, Team Takeover (D.C.), DeMatha
Reggie Cameron, 6-6 forward, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.), Hudson (N.J.) Catholic
Will Ferguson, 6-1 guard, Team Takeover (D.C.), Bishop O'Connell (Va.)
Aaron Harrison, 6-6 guard, Houston Defenders, Strake Jesuit College Prep (Texas)
Andrew Harrison, 6-6 guard, Houston Defenders, Strake Jesuit College Prep (Texas)
Daquein McNeil, 6-3 guard, Baltimore Elite, Vermont Academy
Daxter Miles, 6-2 guard, Baltimore Elite, Dunbar
Javion Ogunyemi, 6-8 forward, Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks, Troy (N.Y.)
Mike Owona, 6-9 center, Baltimore Elite, John Carroll
Stanford Robinson, 6-4 guard, Team Takeover (D.C.), Paul VI (Va.)
Kavon Stewart, 5-11 guard, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.), Hudson (N.J.) Catholic
Rashard Todd, 6-7 forward, Baltimore Elite, Mount Carmel
Kameron Williams, 6-2 guard, Baltimore Elite, Mount St. Joseph
Mike Young, 6-7 forward, Team Takeover (N.J.), St. Benedict (N.J.)

Top players to watch from the class of 2014

Phil Booth, 6-3 guard, Team Takeover (D.C.), Mount St. Joseph
John Crosby, 6-2 guard, Baltimore Elite, City
Kamau Stokes, 6-2 guard, Baltimore Elite, John Carroll
Lionel Owona, 6-7 forward, Baltimore Elite, John Carroll

Among the teams slated to participate are: Baltimore Elite, Playaz Basketball Club (N.J.), Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks, Houston Defenders, Team Takeover (D.C.), New England Playaz (Mass.), Cuttino Mobley (Pa.), BWSL Defenders (Va.), D.C. Assault, Metro Hawks (N.Y.), Riverside Hawks (N.Y.), Raising Champions, Southern Kings (Ga.), Triple Threat (D.C.), Wayne County Blazers (N.C.), Richmond (Va.) Phenoms and Philly Finest among others.

For more information, visit

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:33 AM | | Comments (2)


Is this open to the public? There are some really heavy hitters playing.

steve: The tournament is open to the public. It's $10 per day and $20 for a weekend pass. The website I linked above has more info. -- Matt


Is Shaquille Cleare playing in this tournament? I may have missed his name in the above article?

I really hope that the Terps fans show up to this and are very positive towards all of the kids who are playing.(Even if they have committed elsewhere.) MD has a tremendous recruiting opportunity with the Houston Defenders. The coach is from the area, they are an Under Armour sponsored team, and at the very least very high level recruits (Cleare and the Harrison twins) are listing UMD as schools that they have are strongly considering.

TL: Good catch. Cleare will be here. I added his name to the list. Thanks. -- Matt

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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