SPARTANBURG, SC: The Jr. NBA World Championship Southeast Regional Tournament got off to an exciting start with pool play taking center stage, at Upward Star Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Friday.
Boys and girls teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee converged in Spartanburg to compete in the tournament. The winning teams will earn the coveted opportunity to represent the region August 7-12 in the Jr. NBA World Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL.
The field is speckled with teams with major NBA ties. Shelvin Mack and Jerry Stackhouse have ties to TSF Mack and Stackhouse Elite, respectively. Additionally, Dallas Mavericks PG, Dennis Smith Jr., formerly played for Team Loaded hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Representatives from the Charlotte Hornets were onsite to interact and support the teams.
Pool play continues into the early afternoon tomorrow, culminating in the first round of bracket play. Follow along, starting at 8 AM local time, with live stat updates and live video coverage on Eleven and FloHoops.
Players and coaches will also be treated to a Life Skills Session following pool play, where a special guest will lead a discussion on important aspects of the game that can be applied to life off the court.