Recently, BAM Jam, presented by Treasure Valley Ford Stores, announced our continued partnership with USA Basketball. For the second year, teams that win the Men’s Elite (6’0 and Over), Women’s Elite, Boys Elite (U18) and Girls Elite (U18) will qualify for the USA Basketball 3×3 National Tournaments. The teams that qualified last year did well enough at the USA Basketball 3×3 National Tournaments that this year the top TWO teams will qualify from each division.
Here is a closer look at how the top two teams from the Boys Elite (U18) division are doing this year.
|The U18 Championship game from 2014
G Unit – Last year’s winners are made up of four players that all attend Timberline High School in Boise. Additionally, they all play for the Boise Flite travel team. The team is made up of Gibson Berryhill, Ben Salcines, Isaiah Fisher and Bryce Gonser. Timberline is a 5A classification school in Idaho and sits atop the Southern Idaho Conference. They are currently ranked #5 in the state.
The second place team’s roster was Keegan Hansen, Stefan Gonzalez, Logan Skurdal and Treighton Shepherd. They represent three different 5A high schools in southern and eastern Idaho. Keegan Hansen is at Bonneville, Gonzalez is at Highland and Skurdal and Shepherd are at Rocky Mountain. Gonzalez recently signed to play at Saint Mary’s College in the West Coast Conference and Highland is currently ranked #1 in the state. Rocky Mountain is one of the top teams in the Southern Idaho Conference and finished this past week just outside of the top 5 ranked teams, falling one point short of Timberline (click here to read the state’s rankings on IdahoSports.com). All four played for the Idaho Select travel team.
To play in the this year’s Boys or Girls Elite (U18) division, players must be:
- Citizens of the United States
- Born on or after January 1, 1997
The top two teams in each division will qualify for the USA Basketball 3×3 National Tournaments, held at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, CO. Teams that qualify will be housed on the OTC campus, fed at the OTC’s world class cafeteria and given USA gear by USA Basketball when they arrive. To learn more about USA Basketball 3×3 click here.