The annual Generation Next Basketball Association “GNBA” made its debut during the spring of 2014 and since that time it has become synonymous with the development of some of the top middle school prospects in the country. That development has expedited the progression of young talent to the point that many have become some of the premiere high school prospects in the country for their various classes with multiple Division 1 commitments already occurring from the inaugural class. With names like Tyler Herro (Wisconsin), Jordan McCabe (West Virginia), Reggie Perry (Arkansas), Ethan Henderson (Arkansas), Desi Sills (Arkansas), Jontay Porter (Washington), John Diener (DePaul), Joe Wieskamp (Iowa), and Isaiah Joe (Arkansas) already on their way to the Division 1 ranks, the GNBA platform has been a catalyst for another boom regionally and nationally at the younger levels and the results speak for themselves as commitments, offers, rankings, and most important collegiate opportunities continued to flood in for prospects at the high school levels.
In 2017 that will continue as the GNBA will enter its fourth year at the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels and it once again promises to offer up some of the premier middle school competition in the country with multiple opportunities for prospects to deliver, develop, and improve while also providing them quality early introduction into the exposure process both regionally and nationally. Three different levels of participation will be offered in 2017 with teams being required to attend three dates for league play and also having the opportunity to participate in 1-2 additional high quality tournaments should they so desire. This will give GNBA participants and opportunity to participate in 3, 4, or 5 high quality platforms next spring. In addition the GNBA will once again offer up a high level exposure camp opportunity for top performers that will be held during the summer of 2017, which will be announced later this fall. Teams and programs looking for information on the various packages including costs thereof can inquire with us directly via e-mail or phone.
The following are dates and options for league participation in 2017…
GNBA REQUIRED LEAGUE SESSIONS
SESSION 1 - APRIL 7-9, 2017 – WISCONSIN
SESSION 2 – MAY 5-7, 2017 – ILLINOIS
SESSION 3 – CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAY 26-28, 2017 – WISCONSIN
ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT OPTIONS
Teams also have the option of participating in one OR both of the following tournaments:
SWISH ‘N DISH SPRING WARM-UP – MARCH 31-APRIL 2, 2017
The 12th annual event has become the premier tournament in the country to tip off the spring and summer travel season. With alumni that includes NBA 1st & 2nd round draft picks, McDonald’s All-Americans, Jordan Brand All-American’s, Elite 24 Selections, etc. the Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up annually features highly teams and talent at the 9U-17U age groups. In addition to being a high exposure platform for all ages, the 2017 version will also serve as a perfect warm-up opportunity for GNBA teams looking to compete against high level teams in a tournament environment while getting ready for league play that tips off the following week.
NY2LA SPORTS INVITATIONAL – MAY 19-21, 2017
Open to boy’s 11U-17U teams, the NY2LA Sports Invitational enters its 12th year in 2017 and it continues to be one of the top platforms to close the spring travel season for most teams. Like the Swish N’ Dish the NY2LA Sports Invitational has a history of alumni that features some of the top prospects and teams at every age group. This will serve as a perfect opportunity for teams looking to prime their squads prior to the GNBA championships the following weekend.
Stay tuned for additional information on the 2017 Generation Next Basketball Association and its related activities…