The Nation's Top Recruits Set To Compete in BallisLife All-American Game
LONG BEACH, CA -- With high school basketball behind us and the 2017 recruiting class making preparations for college play, the summer is already heating up as to play at the college level, the summer is heating up as AAU sports and basketball leagues around the nation have started.
On Saturday afternoon, the nation will see some of the top recruits across the country compete in the 7th Annual Ballislife All-American Game presented by Eastbay at Long Beach Community College's Hall of Champions Gymnasium. The will be the college's fifth year of hosting the all-star game in conjunction with a three-point competition and dunk contest.
With the goal of bringing a credible event to the West Coast and providing a stage for those players not selected to other All-American games, Team Elite and Team Future will face off in a contest between some of the nation's top seniors and greatest ballers. The most deserving players are selected regardless of national rankings, mainstream reputations, location or school affiliations.
Over time, the Ballislife All-American Game evolved to include top players across the nation. Since the first game in 2011, the game has racked up an impressive list of participants. Previous games have featured a stacked roster, but this year's group might be the most talented group yet as they are the best the BIL has ever seen so far.
The best high school basketball players in the nation have already flocked to Long Beach, California as the crew is already onsite preparing for tomorrow's showdown.
Trevon Duval, the country's No. 1 point guard, will look to lead Team Future past Team Elite along with teammates Jaylen Hands of Mater Dei and Chino Hills' LiAngelo Ball and Eli Scott. Similar to last year's game with UCLA recruits Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf, this may be the last time the Chino Hills duo would be joined together before moving on to play at the collegiate level.
Team Future is led by Bishop Montgomery's state champion Ethan Thompson, No. 4 shooting guard Collin Sexton of Pebblebrook (GA), and Arizona commit Ira Lee of Crossroads.
Witnessing the country's best seniors in the form of a rivalry has us all hoping for and anticipating the matchups this upcoming season in the NCAA.
Past BIL participants who have went on to become NBA players are Stanley Johnson, Zach LaVine, Tyler Ulis, Kelly Oubre, Thon Maker, Glenn Robinson III, Skal Labissiere, and Marquese Chriss.
UCLA products Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, and USC's Bennie Boatwright, Chimezie Metu, Jordan McLaughlin, Shaqquaan Aaron and Julian Jacobs have all blessed the game with their presence. Ethan Thompson's older brother, Stephen Jr., have also played in the game.
Other participants include Kevin Looney, Nick Johnson, Jabari Brown, , Roschon Prince, Alex Robinson, Cliff Alexander, Jordan Adams, Malik Beasley, and Derrick Jones amongst many more.
Doors open at 3 p.m. followed by the 3-point and dunk contests at 4 p.m. and gametime set for 5:15 PST.
If you can't make it out to Long Beach for the game, you can still catch all of the action from home. The event will be exclusively live streamed on Facebook starting at 7 p.m. ET.
For more information regarding the game and tickets, please visit ballislifeallamerican.com. Team rosters for the players scheduled to participate are announced below.