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Date Posted: 13:09:19 05/22/09 Fri
Author: Tony
Subject: GymRat Challenge Informaton

GymRat Challenge Informaton ...

The event for boys will be this weekend (Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24).

- There will be at least 212 teams here from throughout the East (15 states represented), Canada and some other areas (a team from Houston will be here).
- It's the largest AAU tournament in the east, and third-largest nationally.
- The best-of-the-best will be here. Of the 2,000, or so, participants at least 300-to-400 will wind up at Division I programs, almost all the rest will play at some college level.
- Past partic ipa nts have included NBA lottery picks Emaka Okafor, Michael Beasley and Joakim Noah, and=2 0future lottery picks Stephen Curry and current 7-foot Kansas center Cole Aldrich (who played against Siena this season).
- There are three age divisions ... 17-under, 16-under and 15-under. There will be several local teams playing in each division. (I have included a list of the local teams and rosters at the bottom of this.)
- Players here usually include a number of those that Siena is recruiting. Past participants who have come to Siena include Tay Fisher, Owen Wignot, Eddie Ubiles, Corey Magee and incoming freshman O.D. Anosike, who was here lst year.
- In past years, among local players who participated: Brad Sheehan, Taylor Battle, Jimmer Fredette, Jordan Stevens, Greg Holle, Taran Buie ... a who's who of the best local kids annually.

This is an absolute fan's delight. Games go on all day long, multiple games at each site. At each site, fans can actually position themselves to watch two games at once, and move between games at will.


- Each team plays three games in a "pool." Top tems in each pool, and a couple other qualifiers move on to championship-round play (which is single-elim). Teams that make it to the championship game wind up playing seven games.
- The level of talent is extraordinary. At least 300-to-400 of these kids will wind up playing on the D-I level. The majority of the rest will play at D-II or D-III levels.
These are the proverbial "best of the best" players.

Here are particulars:< br>
GymRat Challenge, AAU Tournament for boys.

WHEN: Saturday (March 23), Sunday (March 24).
- Games begin at 8 a.m. each day.
- Last game on Saturday goes off at 10 p.m. Multi games simultaneosly at each site.
- Championship games are at 8 p.m., 8:10 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. on Sunday at Siena.

WHO: Age brackets for 17-under, 16-under and 15-under.

ADMISSION: $10 for a single day; $15 for both days.
- In all, 379 games will be played. The admission fee allows fans to go from venue to venue to attend any game.
- At Siena, there are as many as eight games going on at any one time.
- At UAlbany and Union, there will be 3 games going on at any one time.

WHERE: Siena College (ARC and Marcelle Athletic Complex), UAlbany (RACC) and Union College.
Multiple games simultaneously at each site.

PARTICULARS: Over 212 teams from at least a dozen states and Canada.
- Teams from as far as Houston, Tex., will be here. All New England states represented; New York well-represented. Multiple local teams in each age bracket.
- Teams from NYC; Long Island; Newburgh/Middletown area; Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton ... every area of NYS ... will be here.
- There are four local teams participating in each age division.

- In terms of pure "numbers" ... it is the largest AAU event in the east, and the third-largest nationally.

This=2 0is truly a fan-fr iendly event.
- Admission is reasonable. $10 for a single day, or $15 for the two-day event. Admission entitles fans to see all games at all venues.
- Concession prices are also reasonable.
- Programs withh complete list of teams, full rosters and schedules are for sale as are commemorative shirts, shorts, etc.

GAME TIMES, and more information can be found at this website: www.gymratunlimited.com

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