Bleid Sports is pleased to announce that the title sponsor for the Clash at Cameron and Clash at Central is the S.J.G NC Pro-Am. From this moment forward these events will be titled, "The S.J.G NC Pro-Am Clash at Cameron" and, "The S.J.G NC Pro-Am Clash at Central." Bleid Sports is in the process of re-making the logo and will have it ready for release to all media outlets by the end of the week.
The S.J.G. NC Pro-Am is a summer basketball league produced and run by North Carolina' own Jerry Stackhouse along with childhood friends Donyell Bryant and John "Chuck" Jones. Their organization has done a magnificent job in building the summer league into one of the best in the country, not only by the exceptional talents that participate on the court but more so by implementing a system that stresses mentor-ship, sportsmanship, and competitiveness to all the athletes involved. We are blessed with the opportunity to partner with Jerry, Donyell, and Chuck in hosting this event in Durham beginning December 16th," said Rob Blair, Bleid Sports CEO. "Having our two entities partner makes perfect sense for both parties. Jerry brings years of knowledge and All-Star status to the basketball arena, and Bleid Sports is building momentum in hosting the premier showcases for young women and men across the United States. I'm thrilled to be working with the staff at S.J.G NC Pro-Am and look forward to a very long relationship with them."
On December the 17th in Durham, North Carolina, Bleid Sports will bring some of the nations top high school basketball players to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first annual "Clash in Cameron." The event will bring the likes of Duke prospects Jabari Parker and Mitch McGary to town as well as other big time players. There will be an abundance of talent on display and we'll list some of the stars to watch for in our next article but for now, let's take a look at what the event is about.
I got to know Matthew Moyer, the head of basketball operations at Bleid Sports recently and we had a shared interest and I liked what he was doing for the kids and schools with the event. I have become a proud sponsor but please note that I have nothing to do with actual event planning or who is invited. "The "Clash at Cameron" grew so fast that Jamaul Alexander at NCCU was able to work it out to add the tremendous facility at his school. Both of these institutions have been such a blessing to work with. I don't know that I've met nicer people to work with," said Moyer.
Another sponsor has come aboard as well, the Jerry Stackhouse group which puts on the N.C. Pro Am. As you know BDN has worked closely with them during their summer event and we look forward to doing the same for the coming games. We'll have a lot more information on the event in the coming days and we'll keep you in the loop, so check back in with BDN for breaking news. Moyer was kind enough to list the three basic principles of the that drive their effort -
The "Clash at Cameron" was developed with three basic principles in mind:
1. We want to offer student-athletes the opportunity to play at a venue that they may not otherwise have the chance to play in.
2. Our showcases are fundraisers for all of he schools involved. Each school gets 150 tickets to sell to their friends, families, and supporters. They keep all of the money from their ticket sales. We also print Gameday programs for each of our showcases. each school gets to sell 4 full pages and their team page. They may sell that "real estate" for whatever they would like. Again, they keep 100% of the money raised by selling those pages. We also offer several other fund raising opportunities for each school. We have quite a few schools across the country that are already exceeding $4000.00 in money raised for their school.
3. We are a Christian base organization. We stand firm in the belief that we offer players and coaches the chance to play in a very clean, well organized event that promotes good sportsmanship and fellowship with their fellow competitors.
More from Matthew - Once we added the NCCU facility we decided to add some extra elements to the event. Nathan Faulk, the boys coach at South View high school, asked me to put together a coaches round-table meeting. So we did. We are now bringing in Reggie Rankin from ESPN and former Boston Celtic Dee Brown to host our coaches meeting on Friday, December 16th at the Chancellors dining room at NCCU at 5:30 P.M. We are also having a featured game on Friday the 16th at NCCU between Body of Christ Academy from Durham and La Lumiere from Indiana. That game will be followed by a 3 point shooting and slam dunk contest.
On Saturday, December 17th the games begin at 8:30 A.M. at Cameron Indoor Stadium and NCCU. There will be 8 games at NCCU and 9 games in Cameron.
Clash in Cameron Schedule
8 Mitchell vs. Fayetteville 71st boys
9:30 Mitchell vs. Hoggard girls
11 South View vs. Eugene Ashley girls
12:30 Northwood vs. Charlotte Christian
2 Concord vs. Wilmington Hoggard
3:30 South View vs. Eugene Ashely boys
5 Kinston vs. Charlotte Christian girls
6:30 Raleigh Millbrook vs. Brewster Academy (Mitch McGary)
8 Kinston vs. United Faith Christian Academy
9:30 Huntington Prep vs. Simeon (Jabari Parker
Raleigh's Finest Academy vs. Christian Faith Center Academy
Arlington Country Day vs. La Lumiere
--Contests-- (dunk contest, etc)
North Gwinnett vs. Upper Room
Saturday at NCCU
9:30 Anson vs. Farmville Girls
11:00 Northwood v. Concord Girls
12:30 Anson vs. Farmville Boys
2:00 Body of Christ H.S. vs. Shiloh
3:30 Rocky Mount Prep vs. Christian Faith
5:00 Quality Ed. vs. La Lumiere
6:30 Arlington vs. Whitney Young (Okafor)
8:00 Raleigh's Finest vs. Body of Christ Prep
9:30 Mt. Zion vs. Kestrel
Stay tuned to Blue Devil Nation for breaking news leading up to the event and check back with us for more event information.
I have no details other than it is scheduled to take place on November 17th. With the NBA lockout, this could be a loaded and fun even and we'll have more details in the near future, so stay tuned.
Who is Bellarmine?
Duke takes on Bellarmine in it's exhibition opener this Saturday at 7:00 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. For those of you unfamiliar with the school located in Kentucky, they are the defending Division II National Champions. In fact, they are the pre season favorite to repeat and are ranked number one by Sporting News. They have two first team Division II All Americans in Jeremy Kendle and Jermey Hobbs and a couple of new players have been added to an already talented cast. Coach K is going to schedule the best teams possible to prepare his team.
Have you noticed yet?
Duke opens the season with a very talented Belmont team who won 30 games a season ago and they return everybody who counts. This will be a tough test for the younger Blue Devils in that they are a well disciplined team. The game is schedule to tip off at 9:05 EST on Friday November 11th. But have you noticed that Duke has another game on Saturday versus Presbyterian at 4:30? That's one heck of a quick turnaround! Both games will be televised by ESPNU and every Duke game this season is televised on some network as always.
I had a lot of questions on my Monday Musing article where I said the two Plumlee brothers, Kelly, Curry and Rivers would start. What I meant to say were these are the five best players on this seasons team. Andre Dawkins is right there and he may be in the lineup this week. The key will be seeing which freshman can step up and provide depth for Duke will play a lot of them this season.
Speaking of freshman
Will there ever be a freshman that breaks Chis Duhons' record of 2.85-1 assist-turnover ratio? How about 51 dunks in their first season, a record held by Josh McRoberts? Heck, how about Mike Gminki's 3.3 per blocks game when he was still 17 years old to start off his first year? Johnny Dawkins is atop the list averaging 18.1 ppg as a frosh. Bobby Hurley had 9, 10 assists games in his first year as well. Now, we'll see where Austin Rivers makes his impact.
Michael or mom ... what's up?
There have been few players as troubled as Michael Beasley. Now he is suing Curtis Malone, a man that reached out to him, took him off the streets if you will and allowed him to live in his home for five years. Five years. So, we are to think that Curtis Malone would allow him to stay in his home and mentor him for five years just to get hooks in place? Please. What a farce but it will be a newspapers dream to drag this one all over the place. There is a long piece in the Washington Post and then there is this From Yahoo Sports.
The big man from Georgia will be on the Duke campus with his family this weekend. Duke and Coach K have stayed the course with Tony and it could well pay off. Parker is a key prospect for the Blue Devils and one they stayed true to turning other big name prospect away to court him. Maybe, their faith will pay off with an eventual verbal.
In case you have been out of the country and missed it, Mitch McGary will choose between Duke, Florida and Michgan next week.