Our 2014 DRYV Tour gave us the opportunity to see some great basketball being played at some great facilities. Here are our five favorites.
We were lucky enough to visit the enormous Discovery Sports Complex on two different occasions this summer. First we hit the Maryland Future Stars Classic, a tourney with some of the nations top-ranked middle school teams all playing under one roof. We loved our experience at that tourney so much that we had no choice but to return! The MIT, or the Maryland Invitational Tournament, was arguably the biggest tournament of the summer, and we had one of our best days there in June.
(credit: Rose Baca/Neighborsgo)
The PSA (Plano Sports Authority) facilities in Dallas are so refined and well put together. Dallas was definitely one of our hot markets on the summer circuit this year, and the PSA facilities had a lot to do with that. We were stationed at PSA Murphy during our first trip, and eventually made our rounds to each of the three others during the Dallas Primetime National Championship. The facilities definitely offer a premium experience.
Although New 24 was a little crowded, it made for some of the best action we saw all summer. The facility is located in a shopping center in District Heights MD, so you would never expect it to be the jam-packed multi-court facility that it is. There are 10 full-size courts at New 24, so you can only imagine the ongoing commotion and excitement surrounding the games. Even though it felt a bit cluttered sometimes, it made for an exciting atmosphere.
The Alario Center is a familiar place to anyone that’s played summer ball in New Orleans. We became familiar with it during the 2013 Red Bull Midnight Run tour, but it’s been home base for New Orleans hoopers long before that. It has even been home to the New Orleans Pelicans in the past, as they’ve only just recently moved out and into a new practice facility. The venue is big and the courts are big (NBA-sized) so you can totally understand how it always gives players that big stage vibe.
The Park School is such a great facility that our guy, Jeff Harshman at Charm City Basketball INC., decided to gain exclusive rights to the place for the entire summer! Each of Jeff’s Charm City tournaments are held at The Park School. It’s a beautiful campus equipped with a multi-court gym, two small gyms, and a lake. We attended two of Jeff’s tournaments there this summer, and couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience.