The 120,000-square-foot entertainment center could get even fuller on Friday when hundreds of male college coaches arrive for the final live recruiting weekend of the summer. (The NBA allowed its scouts to attend Peach Jam on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays—when college men’s coaches weren’t allowed—to get an early look at those players who could be in the 2023 draft. )
Adidas and Under Armor also sponsor youth basketball competitions this month, but they are spread across three weekends at different sites. The adidas event concluded last weekend in Omaha and the Under Armor tournament near Indianapolis ends this weekend. Nike instead squeezed its 2021 boys’ summer travel season into a two-week window.
As a result, Peach Jam, unlike other tournaments, requires players and coaches to submit coronavirus tests 72 hours before the start of the event and are tested each day, according to many parents and players. According to one participant, who requested anonymity because tournament directors told him not to speak to reporters, if a team is scheduled to play before 2 pm, they are tested in the afternoon. If the game is scheduled to be played after 2 pm, the players are tested in the morning.
Filipowski, who was one of the best players here, is one of four members of the New York Rains who were sidelined on Wednesday due to positive tests, according to an official who has not spoken publicly about the cases. were not authorized. Filipowski’s twin brother Matthew, a 7-foot-1 center, used to play.
Starling’s father Patrick said his son tested positive for the virus on Monday and initially had a headache and fever. According to Patrick, none of JJ’s companions had tested positive. Isolated in his hotel room, the younger Starling streamed his team’s Wednesday game on his phone and his father provided orange juice and flu medicines. Although JJ is feeling better, Starling may have to stay here until he tests negative to go home. His next Test was to be held on Friday.
“He’s hurting not playing here,” Patrick said. “He’s been waiting two years to be able to compete here. All these players deserve to be here. It’s the biggest opportunity of all.”