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Thursday, April 17, 2014
The King James Southern Exposure tournament is entering its third year at Riverview Park Activities Center, as well as other CSRA facilities including Patriots Park in Columbia County.
Rick Meyer, director of Parks and Leisure Services, said the tournament is an NCAA certified event during the live period. This means that college coaches are allowed to attend and evaluate players.
“The Southern Exposure event should draw in excess of 100 teams to the CSRA April 25 to 27, and that means economic impact to our area,” he said. “One of the main reasons the tournament has landed in our area is from the success of the Nike Peach Jam and the quality of the Riverview Park Activities Center facility and surrounding area gyms.”
The tournament will consist of players and teams 15U-17U and “very good” skill levels, according to Meyer.
“Most of these players will be recruited to play college basketball with a good majority of them being D2 players to D1 mid-major level,” he said. “There will be a handful of very good teams that consist of D1 talent and may include some individual players that we might see at the Nike Peach Jam in July.”
The coaches attending this tournament will be mostly from the Southeast region of the country, whereas the Peach Jam attracts coaches from all around the country. Also, with so many high quality facilities in the CSRA, it has made North Augusta a very attractive spot for tournaments such as this.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.