Prep notebook: Big Shots Myrtle Beach to showcase top high school basketball talent

For The Sun NewsJuly 7, 2014 

Basketball junkies will have the opportunity to get their fix this week.

The combination of the Big Shots annual Myrtle Beach tournaments and the company’s All-American camps will tip off Wednesday and run through Sunday. The five days of games – actually three tournaments – has Big Shots Vice President and National Recruiting Director Kevin Schneider saying this will be his best event locally to date.

“We’ve been very fortunate in the nine years here in Myrtle Beach. We started with 19 teams. Now, it’s 375 teams this weekend,” Schneider said. “We have a huge amount of teams coming; we have the top players.”

Big Shots week will begin Wednesday night at St. James High School, where the 80 All-Americans ranging from rising seniors to one freshman will be paired for an essential best of the best tournament. The list of players includes many of the Rivals 150 lists for rising juniors and seniors. Seven-foot center Thon Maker of Martinsville, Va., ranked No. 3 overall among rising juniors, will be in-house, along with Fayetteville, N.C.’s Dennis Smith, the top-ranked point guard in that class.

Maker and Smith will be just two of the names who have already attracted the attention of top-level college coaches. Schneider said head or assistant coaches from Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Louisville, Ohio State, North Carolina and Georgetown have already reserved spots for the event.

“When you’re puling in those high-level coaches, it’s exciting for everybody,” Schneider said. “We have all those coaches in the same building with guys who will be walking across the stage one day shaking [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver’s hand.”

The All-American tournament – which will be comprised of eight 10-player teams – will wrap up Thursday morning at St. James Middle School. Also on Thursday, the Big Shots 1 two-day tournament will begin, followed by the Big Shots 2 event.

All told, the three tournaments will span 375 teams and 550 games at 19 different venues.

Tickets for the All-American games are $20 for the two-day pass. The Big Shots 1 and 2 tickets are $25 for a tournament pass or $15 for a day pass.

For more information, including a list of the invitees to the All American camp, visit www.bigshots.net.

Palmetto Games baseball selections

Seven area baseball players were picked to participate in the Diamond Prospects 2014 Palmetto Games, which will be played Aug. 9-10.

Socastee pitchers Dylan Thompson and Austin Schmitz, Carolina Forest pitcher Jared Lembcke and infielder Cameron Cauble, Myrtle Beach infielder Drayton Arnold and outfielder Shane Faulk, and Conway infielder Reid Hardwick were all selected, based on their 2014 seasons. Myrtle Beach’s Tim Christy will also serve as an honorary coach for the event, which will take place at Carolina Stadium in Columbia.

Fall schedules

Athletics directors who have not already done so are asked to submit their fall 2014 schedules to The Sun News immediately.

Schedules can be emailed to sports@thesunnews.com.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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