Elite 2017 Talents On Display At Gibbons
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - College coaches typically utilize the final weekend of April to evaluate older prospects and grade divisions as the NCAA observation period for the Spring draws to a close. It’s an important time of year, as staffs make crucial decisions regarding the recruiting process and the extension of scholarships, that ultimately shape the future of their programs. Enter Bob Gibbons’ Tournament of Champions.
Named for one of the forefathers in the basketball scouting industry, for nearly two decades travel organizations from across the country descended annually upon North Carolina, playing in front of Gibbons and other prominent scouts at venues such as the ‘Dean Dome’ in Chapel Hill, Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, and N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.
An NCAA rule forced the event now known simply as, ‘Gibbons’, out of college campuses and searching for new venues. This necessary change of location resulted in the event being moved to Georgia, but also allowed for a change of date, which meant the tournament could now be held during the NCAA ‘live period’. This would permit collegiate staffs in the gym to evaluate targeted prospects.
Fast-forward another half-decade and Bob Gibbons’ Tournament of Champions remains a hub for the Southeast’s most talented high school basketball players. If there is a noticeable change in the event’s landscape, it’s that many younger prospects have come to realize the important opportunities this platform can provide, and some of those with advanced abilities now opt to ‘play up’ in order to attract attention from college coaches.
Such was this case this weekend in the Peach State as many talented high school freshmen-to-be put their skills on display for the dozens of collegiate programs that came through the doors at one of the nation’s most prominent grassroots events. While few are familiar with the class of 2017 at this time, there is no doubt that several of the current eighth grade prospects in attendance at the 2013 Tournament of Champions will soon be ‘household names’ on the national recruiting radar.