For the first time ever, one of the three major AAU shoe league/circuits — that includes Nike or EYBL, Adidas and Under Armour — is having an event in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area.
The Adidas Boys 3SSB Championships
, which is an invite-only tournament-style event, will be played this Friday through Sunday at Iowa West Field House in Council Bluffs.
“We have established an incredible relationship with our friends at Adidas, and we are honored to be hosting the Adidas 3SSB and Gold Gauntlet Championships in Omaha and Council Bluffs in our facilities this weekend,” OSA owner Willie Douglas said. “We have been working diligently to ensure this will be a top notch event for all participants. We look forward to welcoming all teams and their fans from all over the country and Canada, along with the multitude of collegiate coaches who will be in attendance this weekend.”
Players To Watch
The star power that’s going to be competing this weekend isn’t going to disappoint. Here’s a group of 11 players to watch, in alphabetical order:
Class: 2022Hometown: Chandler, ArizonaAAU team: Compton Magic Elite 17247Sports composite rating: 4 star247Sports composite national ranking: 34
Dylan Andrews/Compton Magic Elite 17/UCLA commit
Andrews is a 6-foot-4 guard who committed to UCLA on April 16. He chose the Bruins over a host of schools that offered, including Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, Louisville and USC, to name a few.
Class: 2022Hometown: Farmington, UtahAAU team: Utah Prospects 17U247Sports composite rating: 4 star247Sports composite national ranking: 73
Collin Chandler/Utah Prospects 17U
Chandler is an uncommitted 6-5 guard who holds offers from Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Creighton, Stanford and BYU among others.
Class: 2022Hometown: Council Bluffs, IowaAAU team: Omaha Sports Academy247Sports composite rating: Not rated247Sports composite national ranking: NR
Josh Dix/Abraham Lincoln High School/OSA
Dix, a 6-5 guard from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, owns an offer from three Big Ten programs, including Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota, as well as an ACC offer from Wake Forest. According to 247Sports, he’s a 3-star prospect and the top-rated player in Iowa for the class of 2022.
Class: 2022Hometown: Lewisville, TexasAAU team: Southern Assault247Sports composite rating: 5-star247Sports composite national ranking: 4
Keyonte George/ Southern Assault 17U
George is an uncommitted 6-5 guard and the No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports composite. George holds offers from major programs like Baylor, Kansas, Texas and Kentucky.
Class: 2022Hometown: Akron, OhioAAU team: We All Can Go247Sports composite rating: 5-star247Sports composite national ranking: 5
Chris Livingston/We All Can Go
The 6-7 Livingston is the No. 5 overall recruit in the class of 2022 according to the 247Sports composite. The uncommitted guard holds offers from virtually every major program, including Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and Florida.
Class: 2025Hometown: Gilbert, ArizonaAAU team: Compton Magic Elite 15247Sports composite rating: NR247Sports composite national ranking: NR
Peat is going to be just a freshman once school starts, but he already has the size at 6-7, 190 pounds and the guard skills that have helped him gain offers from Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Texas Tech and Texas, among others.
Marquise (MJ) Rice
Hometown: Napa, CaliforniaAAU team: Team Loaded NC 17247Sports composite rating: 5-star247Sports composite national ranking: 22
MJ Rice/Team Loaded NC
The 6-5, 225-pound Rice holds offers from North Carolina State, as well as Louisville, Ole Miss and Boston College.
Reed (Isaiah) Sheppard
Hometown: London, KentuckyAAU team: Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB 17U247Sports composite rating: 4-star247Sports composite national ranking: 53
Reed Sheppard/Midwest Basketball Club 3SSB 17U
The 6-3 guard Sheppard holds offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa and Louisville, among others.
Hometown: Chandler, ArizonaAAU team: Southern Assault247Sports composite rating: 4-star247Sports composite national ranking: 109
Colin Smith/Southern Assault
The 6-8 Smith has quite a few college options to pick from. He holds offers from Baylor, Kansas, Michigan, Texas, Texas Tech and a host of others.
Hometown: Napa, CaliforniaAAU team: Dream Vision247Sports composite rating: 4-star247Sports composite national ranking: 69
Yohan Traore/ Dream Vision
Traore, a 6-11 big, has offers from Kansas, UCLA, USC, Louisville, Texas Tech and Houston among others.
Hometown: Huntersville, North CarolinaAAU team: We All Can Go247Sports composite rating: 5-star247Sports composite national ranking: 5
Mikey Williams/We All Can Go
Williams, a 6-2 guard, has offers from Kansas, USC, Texas Tech, Oregon, Tennessee and others. He’s the No. 5-rated player in the class of 2023 according to the 247Sports composite.