Reed Arena will not own the Bryan-College Station market on five-star and four-star basketball players when No. 12 Kentucky faces off with Texas A&M late Saturday afternoon.
Allen Academy High School is hosting a Grind Session stop consisting of four high school teams, each of which boasts numerous four- and five-star recruits, including ESPN’s No.1 ranked player for 2017, DeAndre Ayton.
The doubleheader starts at 11 a.m. with Hillcrest Academy of Phoenix playing Quality Education Academy of North Carolina. It will be followed by Athlete Institute, based in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, against Bel Aire, Kansas’ Sunrise Christian. Tickets are $10.
All four teams claim players among the Top 100 in their respective classes.
Two of the best are the 6-foot-11 Ayton of Hillcrest Academy and the 7-foot Thon Maker, a five-star player in the class of 2016 originally from Sudan who is on the Athlete Institute team.
Deshawn Corprew, a 6-5 four-star senior, leads Quality Education Academy. He is 98th on ESPN’s player rankings.
Sunrise Christian, where Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield played, will send out Isiah Jasey, a 6-8 junior and Kameron McGusty, a 6-5 guard headed to Oklahoma. Lindy Waters III and Brian Trimble are also on the Sunrise roster.
“We felt like coming in at the same time as [the Kentucky-A&M] game was a good chance to see the best players in country,” said Dan Hudson of Grind Session. ‘You already have fans with a major game going on that night, now fans can go to both venues.”
Jasey and Corprew both have Texas A&M on their lists of schools they are interested in playing for at the next level.
Grind Session will host games among the top teams in the nation at 19 different sites this winter. It’s most recent site was Lawrence, Kansas.