By Jacob H. Pollon, Californiapreps staff and
West Coast Elite Basketball Media Communications Publicist Director
EL SEGUNDO -- It's pretty safe to say Ryan Silver is an absolute giant in grassroots basketball.
The still-not 40-year old with Las Vegas-styled slicked back hair is ready for an unbelievable month of July. The first event will be this week's West Coast Elite Basketball Summer Tip-Off.
Over 170 teams will descend upon Irvine at the beautiful Momentous Sports Center (Myford Ave.; Jamboree exit off the 5 fwy.) for an NCAA sanctioned live-period event.
Silver has put together one of the most loyal, hard-working, dedicated staffs to run the event.
Jason Simon (Sergeant, Colonel, Lieutenant) serves as overall operations director, MiDian Homes is the director of operations and personnel, up-and-comer Scotty Martin is a rising star in the tournament and event operations industry and the legendary Phil Bryant comes all the way in from NorCal locale Westwood to make sure everything is running smoothly on the floor. And do not; I repeat do not forget about rising star Jake Stansbrough, who has taken Silver by amazement with his work ethic and quick on-the-job learning.
"We have one of the best teams and crews in the business," Silver said. "Just so blessed to have unbelievable people making things happen for all these kids."
Action kicks off at 5 p.m. today (Wednesday July 12) and tomorrow (Thursday July 13) while the weekend slate will feature games from dawn until dusk.
College coaches from all over the country from all levels will be in hand to evaluate prospects.
The Earl Watson Elite Hawaii team takes on Earl Watson Elite Silver 2018 at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday. Liam Fitzgerald is a 6-foot-7 Division 1 prospect with a bright future, including a 4.0 GPA. Hawaii is led by Kavika Akina, another D1 prospect with good grades to boot.
Jordan Taylor is a 6-foot-10 post for the EWE Silver team. A division 1 sleeper for sure. Valley Torah's Ryan Turell will form a potent 1-2 punch with Taylor. Turell was a triple-double machine playing high school ball just a few months back and has four offers at the Div. 1 level.
Cooper International has four prospects that just finished high school careers. Tyler Goodlow from Roosevelt High in Eastvale, Calf., Gianni Brown from Narbonne in Harbor City, Calif., 6-foot-10 Anthony Langston and Central City Value's Jo'el Finney, who can flat-out score the ball.
Some very big prizes will shine on Sunday when the Earl Watson Elite Under Armour teams come in. Silver is very excited about the Oak Park duo of Riley Battin and Wes Slajchert. Sierra Canyon's Cassius Stanley is a national phenomenon in the class of 2019. Josh Green from Hillcrest Prep in Arizona is a national sleeping giant. The list goes on and on and on.
"It's a huge event and we are excited to kick off the summer next week with a great event," Silver said. "The chance and opportunity to provide such a valuable platform for these kids to realize their dreams through the game of basketball is such a blessing."
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