Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Nation's Best Coming to Reebok ABCD Camp

In the first of a five-part series on summer sneaker camps in New Jersey, the Herald News reports that 6-5 PG Derrick Rose of Chicago Simeon will join 6-5 PG O.J. Mayo and 6-9 PF Kevin Love at the Reebok ABCD Camp beginning Thursday at FDU-Hackensack. That gives Reebok the three top players in the Class of 2007. In a sidebar, the HN reports that the Eastern Invitational is taking many of the prep players no longer being accepted at ABCD, including West Milford's Justin Sofman and Paterson's Jerrell Williams.

Meantime, rumors are flying that Mayo will announce his college choice this week, choosing between USC and Kansas State, where Bob Huggins has taken over.

Dustin Dow of The Cincinnati Enquirer had a nice series the other day on the sneaker camps, including a story about how Nike, Reebok and adidas hope to influence the players to use their products and ultimately sign sneaker deals with them. The series also had stories on how the camps affect coaches' schedules and can influence a player's stock to rise or fall.

Finally, The Washington Post has a fascinating story about the sneaker companies and their efforts to recruit a 10-year-old.

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