Three national youth basketball tournaments – Gym Rats Basketball Association National Championships (grades 3-7), American Youth Basketball Tour National Tournament and GRBA National Championships (grades 8-11) – will tip off in Fort Wayne this month.
From today-Sunday, the GRBA National Championships (grades 3-7) will bring in 3,500 elite elementary and middle school players to Spiece Fieldhouse and SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse. Tournament action began at 6 p.m. Friday.
For an entire week, the American Youth Basketball Tour National Tournament will host an eye-popping 12,000 participants from states such as Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland and Wisconsin. AYBT's event will run from July 17-24 at Spiece Fieldhouse, SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse and the University of Saint Francis.
Regarded as one of the country's top prep summer basketball tournaments, more than 200 teams from 12 states will participate in the GRBA National Championships (grades 8-11) from July 25-28 at Spiece Fieldhouse. The prestigious tournament features several players who will earn athletic scholarships to high-level universities and colleges.
The tournaments are expected to have a huge impact on Fort Wayne's local economy, as the three events combined will bring in more than 600 teams, including 20,000 visitors and an estimated $3 million-$3.5 million in new spending.
Indiana Tech track recruiting has local flavor
Indiana Tech head coach Doug Edgar has announced the addition of 23 student-athletes who will join the national champion Warriors track and field team for the 2013-14 year.
Among the local athletes:
Kyle Gater (Carroll High School) – 16:00 (5k), 1:55.8 (split), 4:28 (1,600), 4x800 new balance national champion, 4x800 Indiana state champion, 28th place cross-country Indiana state meet
Trevor Stanley (Homestead High School) – 37.45 (300h), 11.11, 3rd place 300h Indiana state meet
Devon Stone (Wayne High School) – 14.29 (110h), 37.71 (300h), 5th place 110h Indiana state meet
Carrington Robinson (Wayne High School) – 23-3.25 (long jump), 3rd place Indiana State meet
Shamarcus Ford (Wayne High School) – 48.95 (400), 10.98 (100), 8th place 400 Indiana state meet
Conner Hogeston (Churubusco High School) – 9:59.18 (3,200)
And an athlete who redshirted last season:
Quinton Jones (Leo High School) – 10.59 (100), 3rd place 100 2010 state meet
Edgar on this year's recruiting class: “We have helped our distance and middle distance group to take the step with a talented and deep group of runners including Kyle's national champion in the 4x8 relay. We added a large group of 400/800 runners all who have the ability to make an impact early in their careers. Our sprints will get a boost from Quinton Jones and Javan Richardson among others, while Trevor Stanley and Devon Stone are two of the best hurdlers in the state of Indiana. Carrington should help give us another solid long jumper and I expect Eddie to take to the multi events very well as a freshman. This is a very strong group academically and I think they have the right make up to defend our national title. We still have a few guys that we will be signing in the coming weeks that should wrap another great recruiting class. I am very excited to see what the next four years has in store for this group.
“We are very excited with this year's group following what was probably the best recruiting class in school history last season,” Edgar said.