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Posted On: 04/19/18 4:11 PM
Omaha is hosting one of the top events in the Midwest this weekend with the Midwest Live Omaha tournament hosting teams from the eight neighboring states in an excellent first weekend showcase.
The Headliner: The main division of the 17u tournament is what will draw most of the attention. It’s a collection of teams from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, and Missouri coming together for a strong weekend.
Minnesota will have 43 Hoops who has only played one game so far (the previous event they played in was cancelled after a game because of weather), the Twin Cities Pirates playing in their first event, the best three Minnesota Heat teams, and the second Minnesota Fury team. Heat Nelson is currently ranked 10th in Minnesota, Fury Kaupa is ranked 11, Heat MacDonald 13th, and Heat Henderson is ranked 15th. The Twin Cities Pirates are likely the most talented team of Minnesota players in this event but all the squads are strong.
South Dakota Attack makes the drive south to play in the event and defend past success. The Attack squad has the most talent from the South Dakota area plus BBA Force will be playing in the 17s top event from South Dakota. Also in Omaha is the Indy Heat EYBL squad from the 16u level along with another Indy Heat 17u team (Indy Heat Red).
As one of the neighboring states it only makes good sense that Iowa is well represented in Omaha. The Cornsharks, Iowa Dynasty, Iowa Pump N Run, Iowa Dynasty, Showtimes Hoopers, SW Iowa Select, and the Kingdom Hoops teams are all playing. As far as Nebraska goes, the second and third teams from the Omaha Crusaders are in Midwest Live as is Lincoln Supreme, NDA, and HHA. Throw in the KC Spurs and KC Premiere, Missouri Flight, and the Wisconsin Bluebirds.
It’s 32 teams in the top division and then there are another 12 teams in the second division. There are another 32 teams in the 16u top division.
The Talent. Who will be in Omaha from South Dakota and Minnesota? Here is a list of quality players at the 17u level to keep a close eye on: