Previewing The Czar's opening weekend

Greetings from the Emperor's Palace. I've made a holiday stop here in the Old Kingdom. Hope you all had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. What are we thankful for (besides wonderful home-cooked food and seeing the family)? The start of basketball season of course. I start 121 days of basketball this weekend in Milwaukee, WI with a pair of tournaments. You can follow along during the weekend on my Twitter page as I'll have periodic updates on what I see. Here are the highlights of what I'll see.

Friday at the NY2LA Sports Classic
3+ games on my schedule.  Highlight of the day is Whitefish Bay Dominican and a couple of young guards taking on Waukesha Catholic Memorial.  Memorial has TJ Bray who will attend Princeton and Derek Schnell who will attend D2 Hilldale College in their back court.  An upstart Nicolet team is picked third in their league.  They host Kenosha Tremper who was expected to have top 125 national player Darrell Longstreet but he's now across town at Kenosha Bradford who plays earlier in the day.  Tremper still picked 2nd in their league though.

Saturday at the City vs Suburban Classic
Nice format with teams from the Milwaukee City Conference taking on suburban powerhouses.  2 monster games to end my weekend.  Milwaukee King is one of 3 city powers and they'll take on Menomonee Falls with #4 Soph in the nation JP Tokoto.  Milwaukee Washington is another city power and they take on a loaded Hartland Arrowhead team led by 7 footer Ben Mills.  He'll attend Boise State next year.

Plenty of ranked players to see.  Here's the complete list.
2010 rankings
#9 Ben Mills - Hartland Arrowhead
#13 TJ Bray - Waukesha Catholic Memorial
#23 Silas Mills - Milwaukee King
#25 Jon Cathey-Macklin - Milwaukee Washington
#28 Myles Henry - Nicolet
#33 Derrick Cook - Milwaukee South
#45 Andy Fox - Hartland Arrowhead

2011 rankings
#2 Quevyn Winters - Milwaukee Washington
#13 Ben Stelzer - Manitowoc Roncalli
#19 Nick Romanowski - Franklin
#27 Charlie Fischer - Hartland Arrowhead
#31 Christian Williams - Nicolet

2012 rankings
#1 JP Tokoto - Menomonee Falls
#9 Tony Mayfield - Milwaukee Washington
#12 Nik Stokes - Milwaukee King
#15 Arroyo Edwards - Milwaukee King
#16 Larry Fitzgerald - Milwaukee Pius XI
#19 Jamall Taylor - Whitefish Bay Dominican
#25 CJ Malone - Menomonee Falls

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