College coaches are en route.
The first of two "live" recruiting and evaluating weekends in April begins Friday night for college coaches across the country.
The stakes are raised for high school prospects as scholarships can be won or lost in this all-eyes-are-watching weekend, followed by another "live" weekend next week.
While the highlight of the weekend will be the Nike Elite Youth Basketball event in Los Angeles, where both the Mac Irvin Fire 17s and Meanstreets 17s will be playing, there are endless events aside from the EYBL series.
Locally, TMT Sportz has put together an impressive Nike Spring Showdown in the south suburbs, with a loaded 16-and-under field of teams that includes both the Mac Irvin Fire and Meanstreets programs. In addition, the 16-and-under group includes high-profile teams in the Arizona Stars, All-Ohio, Nashville Celtics, St. Louis Eagles, Detroit Family and Playground Elite (Wis.) among many more.
The 17s is a solid field as well, with Mike Miller 33 out of Tennessee, Martin Brothers (Iowa), Tru-Playaz (Col.) and Indiana Fieldhouse Elite.
Action tips off Friday night at the Matteson Community Center in Matteson, with games also being played at Rich East, Rich South and Rich Central.
For more information on the Nike Spring Showdown, go to the TMT Sportz website.
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