FORT WAYNE – One of the biggest AAU tournaments in Indiana, as well as the Midwest, is set to showcase high school talent from across the country from today until Sunday in Fort Wayne.
The Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam All-Star Classic tips off its first games at 7 p.m. today.
The event is a marquee stop for grass-roots basketball programs and features 224 teams competing in four age groups.
Event venues include Spiece Fieldhouse, which will feature most of the top-tier competition, Saint Francis, SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse, North Side, Snider, Carroll, Concordia and The Summit-Gerig Activities Center.
Some of the best regional AAU programs will be on display, such as the Spiece Indy Heat, Mac Irvin Fire (Ill.), All-Ohio Red, the Illinois Wolves, Meanstreets (Ill.), the Eric Gordon All-Stars and Indiana Elite. Those programs showcase some of the best players in the nation and include some local stars.
Former Bishop Luers standout James Blackmon Jr. – an Indiana commit for the class of 2014 – will play with the Spiece 17-and-under team, as will Trevon Bluiett of Park Tudor and JaQuan Lyle of Evansville Bosse.
The latter two are being recruited by IU, and Bluiett is also a Butler and Purdue target.
Blackmon’s brother, Vijay, will also play with a Spiece program in the tournament, although he has shuffled around rosters at times on the circuit.
The younger Blackmon already has offers from the Hoosiers and Boilermakers.
Carroll star Chandler White will run with the Indiana Elite 2015 squad, as well as East Chicago point guard Hyron Edwards and Cathedral guard Jalen Coleman.
All three are seen as elite prospects in the class of 2015 and have interest from IU, Purdue and Notre Dame.
There’s plenty more pedigree where that came from. Eron Gordon, the younger brother of NBA standout Eric Gordon, is a 2016 recruit playing up with the 17-and-under division of the Eric Gordon All-Stars.
He too has a slew of offers already, including IU and Purdue.
Although the college evaluation period is over for now and coaches cannot attend AAU events until July, this will be an opportunity for players to gain exposure and get recognized by national recruiting websites and scouts.