Posted On: 07/22/18 12:20 AM

The Premier Summer Championships are going on in Salem, Oregon this weekend (June 20-22). After a Saturday of pool-play for the 17U level, I’ve noticed a few key takeaways from the tournament:

Top Competition is in Salem

The Premier Summer Championships sure have attracted some of the top teams from the West. Seattle Rotary 17U EYBL, Hoop Salem 17U, Pro Skills Sports Academy (CA), Prodigy Elite (CA), and Rose City Rebels are all in attendance. With some of the top programs and top players in the region playing in Salem this weekend, the tournament has also brought in plenty of college coaches. Gonzaga University, University of Texas, San Diego State University, and University of Washington are some of the schools watching in Salem.

Team Superlatives

Most Likely to Lead the Tournament in Blocked Shots: Seattle Rotary 17U EYBL

Most Likely to Feature Solid Post Play: Northwest Coastal Elite 17U (WA)

Most Likely Underdog to Make the Tournament Championship: Select Basketball Black 17U (MT)

MVP Favorite Entering Sunday’s Play:

Paolo Banchero (Class of 2021), the 6’8 big man for Seattle Rotary 17U EYBL, has been dominant on both ends of the floor so far. With strength and legitimate moves in the post, coupled with good shot blocking instincts, the soon-to-be sophomore has really impressed.

Saturday’s Stock Riser:

Caleb Bellach of Select Basketball Black 17U, and hailing from Manhattan, Montana, had a big game against Seattle Rotary 17U EYBL on Saturday afternoon. He was able to showcase his strong finishing ability, quick jump, and quick first step. Standing at 6’5, he projects as a nice wing at the next level.