I've been taking a little more time away from basketball than usual lately as I plan my next move. Some time away from the game has been good for clearing my mind. However, I still have a scouting service to run so I'll be back out on the road this weekend for the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton, Va.
It should be an interesting weekend and not just because Boo has long been the unofficial start of the Grassroots season. This weekend, Nike unveils their much discussed Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
Rather than play a traditional weekend tourney, all of the Nike teams have been split into divisions and will play five league games. After stops in Houston in mid May and Los Angeles over Memorial Day weekend, the top 24 teams in the standings will advance to Nike's top team event -- Peach Jam -- and even more importantly it will assure that they remain in the Nike stable of funded teams next year. At least, that's my understanding of why they've created the league.
That's right folks, winning is actually going to matter a bit more in the long run. Personally, I think it's a good step and am excited to watch.
Anyway, I'll do my best to drop in some nuggets and thoughts throughout the weekend. Also, I've never done a blog before so it's probably going to be a little bit before I can spruce things up a bit.