Top basketball players to attend Creme of the County

The Coast News will help sponsor inaugural event

CARLSBAD — On a day when many people will head out of town for the Labor Day weekend, more than 200 of the region’s top basketball players will converge on Army and Navy Academy’s Duffield Sports Center.

Why?

To prove they are the “3P Creme of the County.”

That is the name of the inaugural showcase being held at the Carlsbad gymnasium, organized by The Coast News’ Aaron Burgin, who during his spare time operates the successful basketball scouting service, Full-Time Hoops.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Duffield Sports Center.

Burgin said the event is aimed at providing basketball players in the Greater San Diego area, from 8th grade to 12th grade, an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of top scouts, college coaches and the community.

“There is a lot of talent in San Diego that often times hovers under the radar due to a number of factors,” Burgin said. “By putting many of the top players under one roof at such a desirable location as Army Navy, it will give them a chance to attain that exposure that so many of them are looking for.”

Burgin has partnered with a number of San Diego organizations to put together the showcase, starting with Jim Thompson, a longtime basketball coach and founder of the San Diego-based nonprofit, 3Point Play.

Thompson, the event’s title sponsor, through his nonprofit showcases athletes that perform both on and off the court, including in the classroom and the community.

“When I had a chance to talk with Aaron about the showcase, we realized that our goals and our missions aligned in a number of ways,” Thompson said. “This is going to provide a number of San Diego athletes an opportunity that they sorely need, and I can get behind that worthy cause.”

Other major sponsors include The Coast News, San Diego-based performance trainer Brian Ganster, San Marcos-based And 1 Academy youth basketball club and Triton Imaging, one of the top graphics design shops in San Diego.

Among the North County players slated to attend the showcase are Army Navy junior forward Richard Polanco, who is being recruited by a host of Division 1 colleges, Escondido sophomore forward Warren Washington, who recently received his first scholarship offer from Nevada, and Vista sophomore guard Taurus Samuels, who is being recruited by several Division 1 basketball programs.

Players will play in one hour-long game, with teams being picked by Burgin and a panel of coaches. Top players will play in “Creme” games, while other standouts will play in “Select” games.

The event is open to the public. Admission to the 3P Creme of the County is $5.

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