Day 1 Of The Chicago Summer Classic Opens Very Strong As Some Of The Top Travel Teams In The Country Hit The Floor, And Better Than 200 College Coaches Stream Through The Doors
July 10, 2009
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Day 1 of the Chicago Summer Classic opened very strong as some of the top travel teams in the United States hit the floor. Better than 200 college coaches came through the doors on Day 1 including a long line of high-profile head coaches from around the country.
Thad Matta (Ohio State), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Bruce Weber (Illinois), Greg McDermott (Iowa State), Bill Carmody (Northwestern), Todd Lickliter (Iowa), Jerry Wainwright (DePaul), John Beilein (Michigan), Mike Montgomery (California), Herb Sendek (Arizona State), Mick Cronin (Cincinnati), Jim Boylen (Utah), Jim Les (Bradley), David Carter (Nevada), Mark Phelps (Drake), Jim Whitesell (Loyola), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Gene Cross (Toledo), Ricardo Patton (Northern Illinois), Saul Phillips (North Dakota State), Jim Molinari (Western Illinois), Mike Miller (Eastern Illinois), Jeff Neubauer (Eastern Kentucky), Lennox Forrester (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville), Bill Sall (Ferris State), Luke Reigel (Wisconsin-Parkside), Scott Trost (Lewis), Marty Bell (Quincy) and Dan Andersen (Northeast Nebraska) were all among the head coaches that took in the action on Day 1.
A number of players enhanced their recruiting stock greatly with strong efforts on Day 1. Several thrilling games highlighted the day including a heart-stopping overtime win by 15-U Mean Streets over 15-U Team NLP in a contest that featured three of the top Class of 2012 point guard prospects in Illinois in Jaleni Neely (Chicago Simeon) of Mean Streets, and Keith Carter (Proviso East) and Aaron Simpson (North Chicago) of Team NLP. Neely was magnificent as Mean Streets held on for the overtime win after Carter drilled a three-point basket at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Action will continue again today at 8:00 a.m. Today's games again figure to be nothing short of sensational as pool play continues, and a number of high-profile match-ups are also on tap including a highly anticipated showdown between the Mac Irvin Fire and Florida-based powerhouse Team Stat with features Brandon Knight and Austin Rivers.