Thursday, February 6, 2014
There are some new basketball tournaments in the works for Riverview Park Activities Center.
Jeremy Jiunnies, facilities and programs supervisor at the park, said the tournaments will bring younger players than the Peach Jam and Nike Nationals.
“Most elite travel times are 16- and 17-year-olds,” Jiunnies said. “What we’re working on are two events that will bring a younger level of play, probably in the 14- to 15-year-old range.”
One of the events that may come to Riverview Park Activities Center is the championship of the Junior Circuit League, a regional tournament sponsored by Nike.
“The regional league is for middle school players,” Jiunnies said. “It’s going to be staged as a regional tournament, with the finals coming here. That should be in late June.”
The other event that Jiunnies is working to bring to North Augusta is a training camp style event for younger girls who want to be recruited to play in college. That’s one of the things Nike likes to do, teach how to do things, and let people know what classes they should be taking, how they should measure up and what to strive for. They help people get to a level that makes it easy for a college to sign them to scholarships.”
Jiunnies expects the tournaments to come to the area, although he hasn’t finalized it.
“We’re pretty close to getting these done,” he said. “I’m still working on them, but we’ve got a great chance to land them. We’ve got a great facility and try to put on a good tournament.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.