The Sneaker Wars have returned, and now they’re being fought across some of the most scenic terrain on the globe.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish Jr., Nike has announced plans for a new hoops all-star event to be played in the coming month in the Bahamas. It will be played Aug. 20-22, exactly the same time as Under Armour’s Elite 24 event, which has previously run without competition from another event.
The new Nike event will reportedly make an immediate impact on the Elite 24 roster as well, with top overall prospects Harry Giles III and Jayson Tatum bolting from the New York-based Elite 24 for the new event in the Bahamas.
“… we have to assume they’ll be going to the Bahamas,” Under Armour director of grassroots and college basketball Nick Blatchford told CBS Sports. … “It’s a paid-for vacation.”
While the Elite 24 roster had largely been announced, Under Armour needed to add a few more players to offset the losses. Rawle Alkins, Dewann Huell and Wenyen Gabriel were added Wednesday.
Blatchford is right: It is a paid-for vacation. And who can fault top teen hoops stars like Giles or Tatum from taking advantage of such an opportunity? If you were a soon-to-be high school senior offered a free trip to the Bahamas, would you turn it down?
Of course not. Which means that Under Armour has a new challenge on its hand, and perhaps motivation to launch a new high school all-star event somewhere like Miami in late April. You know, right about the time of the annual Jordan Brand Classic.