On Friday, the Ohio Hoopsters will face Michigan’s The Family in their opening game of the Jr. NBA World Global Championships’ Midwest Regional Qualifier. The event is one of 8 regional tournaments that will host 16 elite boys and girls U-14 teams from the 6-state Midwest Region, which includes Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin. The Pacer Athletic Canter in Indianapolis, IN. will play host to this exclusive event, which runs through Sunday. Winners of each regional qualifier will punch their ticket to the finals set for Orlando, FL August 6-11th, where each regional winner will compete against multiple international champions.
The Ohio based teams that will be participating in the event include the Ohio Hoopsters, Northcoast Blue Chips and the VSN Trail Blazers. The other regional teams include: Central Kentucky Storm, Team Stamina (KY), Grand Rapid Storm (MI), The Family (MI), MWA Elite (MI), Team Michigan, R.E.A.C.H. Legends (MI), Hoop Avenue Elite (IL), Illinois Predators, Midwest United-MUA (IL), Grand Park Premier 2023 Black (IN), Indy Heat Red 2023 (IN), Indy Heat 2024 (IN) and Indy Ice (IN). In addition to The Family, the Hoopsters’ other 2 pool games will include Illinois’ Midwest-MUA and Indiana’s Grand Park Premier 2023 Black.
Right now, the Hoopsters’ roster includes 7 players who fit the needs of the team, including Mason Shrout, Sonny Styles, Dailon Swain, Chase Walker, Samaj Council, Grayson Surlee and Isaiah Finch-Campbell. Coaching the team are Lamonte Tillman, Mike Daniels and Jason Dawson.
It should be noted that this will be the second year the Hoopsters have sent a team to the event. According to Coach Mike Daniels, “…this is an opportunity to bring together top kids for a 1-time chance to participate in a great event. We’re not trying to recruit kids, and we want to make this an annual opportunity for the kids in our area.” Daniels went on to describe the strength of this team as “very athletic, scrappy with length.” Stay tuned as we provide weekend updates.