Saturday, September 23, 2017

Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase Standouts Receive Under Armour Invitation

McMillan, Luster, Littles III, Pryor, Duvall, Elmore IV, Iruh, Young Jr. & Saunders

When year three of Under Armour’s UA Next Combine Series tips off next year, 15 standouts from the recent Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase will be attending.  As a scout for Under Armour’s new youth basketball initiative, we have the ability to select 15 players from our event to receive invitations for next year’s Midwest U.A. Next Combine. 

The criteria for our selection included: final all-star game appearance; all-star game performance; the player’s potential to compete at the combine; and D-I college potential.  As an example, all of the 2022 Top 5 Award winners made the list, as did many of the Top 20 All-Star Game participants.  We also looked at size, athleticism and skill level.  To be clear, there were other players at the event that could and will eventually be invited at a later date.

The UA Next Combine seeks to attract the top 40 eighth graders (2022) in each of 5 regions.  From those 5 regional combines, 24 players will be selected to participate in in the UA Next Experience rising freshman game in August.  Last year’s Midwest event was held in Chicago.

Participation in these events allows for players to experience elite competition and a high level of national exposure.  Although only 15 players from this past event will receive automatic invitations, we will be selecting additional players from our 2018 spring showcase and tournament events.  Congratulations to all of the players who have received invitations!  Below is a list of the invitees.

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