The Opening Finals, Peach Jam, The8 highlight ESPNU's Summer of Next

The Opening Finals, Peach Jam, The8 highlight ESPNU's Summer of Next


The Opening Finals, Peach Jam, The8 highlight ESPNU's Summer of Next


Najee Harris (Photo: 247Sports)

Najee Harris, considered by many to be the nation’s No. 1 football recruit, will be part of The Opening Finals (Photo: 247Sports)

ESPNU has unveiled its lineup for its fourth annual “Summer of Next” series, featuring many of the elite events for high school athletes, including The Opening Final, and basketball championship games from Peach Jam, The8 and Adidas Summer Uprising.

According to ESPN, the events total four sports over two months with more than 25 games and 70 hours of programming.

The “Summer of Next” ends with the GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff, as revealed Thursday on USA TODAY High School Sports. Six teams that finished in the final Super 25 of 2015 are among those featured.

Here is the schedule:

Under Armour All-America Lacrosse

The boys and girls All-America games air from Towson, Md., on ESPNU with the girls game at 5:30 and the boys game at 8:30 p.m. The top 44 players for boys and top 44 for girls have been selected and will play in a North vs. South format.

Nineteen players selected to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Lacrosse Teams and 30 players selected to the ALL-USA Girls Lacrosse Teams are scheduled to participate.

The Opening Finals

ESPNU will air the final two days of The Opening Finals from the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. on ESPNU on July 9 and 10.

Nike EYBL Peach Jam Championship

The title game of Nike’s elite circuit airs July 10 at 2 p.m. on ESPNU from North Augusta, Ga. The game is the end of a 24-team tournament with teams culled from their performances during the spring stops on the tour.

The8 Basketball Tournament

The tournament, hosted by Chris Paul, features eight elite travel team programs with each team coached by a current or former NBA player. The semifinals (July 21 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) and championship game (July 22 at 4:30 p.m.) will be televised on ESPNU from Las Vegas.

Adidas Uprising Summer Championships

ESPNU airs the circuit’s showcase game at 4 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7 p.m. from Las Vegas on July 24.

Adidas Nations

The event brings top high school basketball players from around the world to work with former and current NBA players in Los Angeles. ESPNU will air the showcase game on Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 9 p.m.

American Legion World Series

The top Legion baseball teams will take part in the World Series at Shelby High School in North Carolina.

The first nine games of the series will be carried on ESPN3. The Aug. 14 schedule features games at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. ESPNU will pick up coverage beginning at 1 p.m.

ESPNU will have the semifinals on Aug. 15 begin at 4 p.m. and the championship game on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.



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