Black angling for Bass Pro TOC title

Black angling for Bass Pro TOC title

Leron Black will get the chance to play in plenty of college basketball arenas starting next season.

The Illinois recruit from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station High School has his first opportunity to play on a college floor this season at 6:30 tonight.

Black and his Spartan teammates, who are currently 14-0 on the season and ranked third nationally in the latest USA Today poll, will spend the next three days playing at JQH Arena on Missouri State's campus as part of the 2014 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions.

While Black will most likely never play at Missouri State once his Illinois career begins, the eight-team tournament has some fierce competition.

Here's a look at some of the teams and players Black, a McDonald's All-American nominee, might face during the next three days, starting with White Station's opponent tonight in Wesleyan Christian out of High Point, N.C.:

Wesleyan Christian (N.C.)
Record: 14-6
Key players: forward Theo Pinson (North Carolina recruit), guard JaQuel Richmond (Houston recruit) and forward Donovan Gilmore (College of Charleston recruit)
Fast fact: Wesleyan Christian finished 23-5 last year and won the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state title.

Willard (Mo.)
Record: 11-2
Key player: forward Chris Kendrix (Missouri State recruit)
Fast fact: Willard's coach is Lamont Frazier, the former Missouri men's basketball captain under Norm Stewart in the early 1990s.

Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI
Record: 12-2
Key players: forward Marcus Derrickson (Georgetown commit in Class of 2015), forward Matt Risse (James Madison commit) and point guard Kevin Dorsey (Virginia Tech and West Virginia offers)
Fast fact: The Panthers are ranked 14th in the latest Top 25 poll conducted by USA Today.

Kickapoo (Mo.)
Record: 11-2
Key players: guards Jack Simpson, Tyson Batiste and Matt Ridder, all Class of 2015 prospects
Fast fact: Kickapoo, led by former Missouri State point guard Shane Laurie, brother of  won the 2005 Tournament of Champions.

Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King
Record: 11-1
Key players: guard Rawle Alkins (Class of 2016 prospect with Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Villanova offers, among others), center Adonis Delarosa (Florida State, Georgetown, Providence and St. John's offers, among others, for Class of 2014 prospect) and point guard Andre Walker (St. Joseph's and Villanova interest)
Fast fact: Christ the King won the inaugural tournament in 1985 and has won the event six times.

Sun Valley (Calif.) Village Christian
Record: 12-1
Key players: guard Bryan Alberts (Gonzaga recruit) and forward Bennie Boatwright (Class of 2015 prospect with 19 offers, including ones from Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas and Oregon, among others)
Fast fact: The Crusaders finished 27-5 last year and were a Division V state quarterfinalist 

Montverde (Fla.) Academy
Record: 15-0
Key players: guard D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State recruit), guard Justin Bibbs (Virginia Tech recruit) and forward Makinde London (Xavier recruit)
Fast fact: The Eagles are ranked first in the USA Today Top 25 poll, and boast eight Division I players on its roster this year, including former Champaign Central standout Jordan Caroline (Southern Illinois).


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