This coming Saturday, Under Armour’s UA Next Combine Series Midwest will tip off at the Quest Multisport Facility (2641 W. Harrison St) in Chicago, IL. The second year event will host forty elite players from around the region and will involve skill and drills, workshops for players and parents, a guest speaker and 3 rounds of games. In terms of the roster breakdown, there are 14 players from Illinois, 14 players from Ohio, 6 from Michigan, 3 from Indiana, 2 from Missouri and 1 player from Pennsylvania. Although the combine is primarily an 8th grade event (2021), 2 nationally ranked 7th graders (2022) have been invited to participate. Each player will receive free Under Armour gear ($200 value), including shoes, a uniform, t-shirt and lunch.
In addition to being highly competitive, the event will receive a high level of exposure. Not only will the Buckeye Prep Report be covering the event, Middle School Hoops will also be in the house providing video coverage. In addition, players will be competing for an opportunity to participate in Under Armour’s prestigious UA Next Experience at the Elite 24 this August in New York City. The nation’s annual premier high school basketball showcase, Elite 24 is a three-day basketball event in its 12th year that offers the world’s best players an opportunity to experience the energy and spirit of authentic playground basketball.
Finally, the Jr. NBA will partner with Under Armour in year two of this prestigious event to provide skills and drills to the players. The following week, (May 20th) the combine series will move to Maynard H. Jackson High School (801 Glenwood Ave. SE) in Atlanta, GA. Invitations are currently being extended for this event. Make sure you return to this site for the post event reports on Saturday’s action!
The event schedule is as follows:
9:00-9:40-NBA Player Development Workshop
9:40-10:00-Stretching for combine testing
11:50-12:00-Transition to Lunch
1:00-1:15-Prep for Practice
2:00-3:00-Round 1 Games
3:00-4:00-Round 2 Games
4:00-5:00-Round 3 Games
5:00-5:15 Closing Remarks