Last week we published a press release from Under Armour (UA) announcing the creation of the UA Next Combine Series, their newest grassroots basketball initiative for elite 8th graders across the country. Beginning in April, UA will commit resources to a series of 6 regional combines to be held in Washington DC, Columbus, OH, Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA and the Bay Area, CA. Through these series of combines, UA will select the most elite players to participate in their prestigious Elite 24 All-Star Game in New York City. In addition, select players may get the opportunity to participate in UA’s SC Select (June) and All-American Camps. UA’s newest platform will provide young athletes with exposure to a major shoe company’s representatives, which could result in exclusive opportunities going forward.
In addition to serving as one of UA’s primary media sources for each session, the Buckeye Prep Report will be hosting the Midwest session in Columbus on May 14th. As part of our responsibilities we were required to both identify and to extend invitations to the most deserving 8th graders in a 6-state region. We have accomplished our mission and are extremely excited with the talent level of the field we have assembled! Below is a link to the current rosters.
In addition to the UA event, the Buckeye Prep Report will be hosting the Elite 60 Midwest Challenge, a separate event on Sunday the 15th for 20 additional elite 8th graders. In addition to the 40 players invited for the Saturday combine, 20 additional players will receive invitations to compete against the best players in the Midwest on Sunday following the UA Combine. Once again, the competition and exposure opportunities with Sunday’s event will me unmatched at this level. The Buckeye Prep Report is proud to partner with UA with this exciting event! Get ready Columbus; the best players in the Midwest are headed your way!