Tonight marks the beginning of Slamfest 2006. Many talented teams and, of course, top players will be on hand in Richmond, Virginia, this weekend. Tournament organizer Thomas Leachman expects many college coaches, including UVa’s own Dave Leitao, to be on hand for some of the weekend’s game.
Teams scheduled to participate include national power St. Benedict’s Prep as well as top state of Virginia squads such as Bethel, Blue Ridge, Collegiate, Hargrave Military Academy and Meadowbrook. Landstown, which features top football prospects Percy Harvin and Damon McDaniel , is scheduled to play as well.
A few targets Virginia is showing interest in include Meadowbrook 6-4, 190-pound guard Devin Johnson (2006 recruit), Highland Springs 6-6, 180-pound small forward Jamar Abrams (2007), Hanover 6-8 forward/center Ed Davis (2008), American Christian 6-4, 185-pound guard Tyreke Evans and St. Benedict’s 6-9, 210-pound PF Samardo Samuels (2008) and 6-5, 220-pound SG Corey Stokes (2007), among others.
Players to watch include…
2006 Commitments: *Stefan Welsh (Hargrave-Arkansas), *Vernon Macklin (Hargrave-Georgetown), *Armon Bassett (Hargrave-Indiana), *Marresse Speights (Hargrave-Florida), *Jonathan Mandeldove (Hargrave-Connecticut), James Eversley (Hargrave-VCU), Asown Sayles (Hargrave-Ohio U.), *Eric Hayes (Potomac-Maryland), Percy Harvin (Landstown-Florida Football), Damon McDaniel (Landstown-Florida Football), *Duke Crews (Bethel-Tennessee), Jamel McLean (Bethel-Tulsa), Stephen Kendall (Hargrave-Richmond), Brandon Macklin (Meadowbrook-Charleston Southern), Shawn Outen (Meadowbrook-Charleston Southern), Martin Harrison (Meadowbrook-Charleston Southern)
Undecided 2006 Recruits: *Lance Thomas (St. Benedict’s), *Eugene Harvey (St. Benedict’s), *Tyler Smith (Hargrave), Devin Johnson (Meadowbrook), Andrew Maples (Highland Springs), Tony Lewis (Blue Ridge), Trey Mines (Blue Ridge), Londale Theus (Blue Ridge) and Adam Lonon (Steward)
Class of 2007: *Corey Stokes (St. Benedict’s Prep), Chris Smith (St. Benedict’s Prep), Jabari Edwards (St. Benedict’s Prep), Jamar Abrams (Highland Springs), Russell Wilson (Collegiate), Scott Pickett (Collegiate), Jimmy Wiltshire (Collegiate), Justin Harper (Meadowbrook)
Class of 2008: *Ed Davis (Hanover), *Tyreke Evans (American Christian), *Nasir Robinson (American Christian) *Samardo Samuels (St. Benedict’s Prep), *Chris Smith (Blue Ridge), Dominic Brumfield (Blue Ridge)
Here is the events schedule, which begins tonight at 7:15 at the Alltel Pavilion at the Siegel Center. Games take place tonight and tomorrow.
Friday, January 20, 2006 @ The Alltel Pavilion at the Siegel Center
7:15 Bethel vs. Highland Springs
8:45 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) vs. Meadowbrook High School
Saturday, January 21, 2006 @ Benedictine High School
2:00 The Steward School vs. The Collegiate Schools
3:30 Landstown High School vs. Hanover High School
5:00 St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) vs. The Blue Ridge School
6:45 Potomac Senior High School vs. Benedictine High School
8:30 American Christian (Philadelphia) vs. Hargrave Military Academy
Tickets for the Friday Night Double Header at the Siegel Center are on sale at the Siegel Center Box Office (804.828.RAMS). Reserved Seating is available and tons of great seats are still available for $9. A limited number of Courtside seats are available for $15.
Saturday’s Slamfest tickets can be purchased at Benedictine High School the day of the event. Tickets are $10 for the five game session.