Colorado to host June scholastic basketball evaluation event

Smoky Hill Mountain Vista boys basketball

(Kevin Keyser/

Colorado will host a June scholastic basketball evaluation event, known as the Centennial State Grandstand, this summer.

The events are in the first year of creation, and were spawned out of the Rice Commission Report on College Basketball which created three-day evaluation events that must be held on an education-based campus. The NFHS member associations and/or state basketball coaches associations can be involved in organizing the event.

The Centennial State Grandstand will be held at Fox Ridge Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora from June 28-30, and is overseen by CHSAA, the New Mexico Activities Association, the Wyoming High School Activities Associations and the states' coaches associations.

The event director is Xavier Silas, a former NBA player and current participant in the NBA Assistant Coaches Program.

Players from Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming are invited to attend the event.

The following is the criteria to attend:

Each state will invite players from each of their high schools to participate in the event. Players must be recommended by their high school coach. These invitations will go out in the next 7 days. Upon the acceptance of the invitations, the format will be:

  • Skill trainers will put players through drills to showcase their skills.
  • Volunteer coaches will coach teams during live play.
  • Volunteers will assume scoreboard and statistics responsibilities.
  • Will use live play to evaluate referees.

Day 1 (Friday 6pm-10pm):

  • Various amount of drills and small group competition
  • First wave of evaluations

Day 2 (Saturday 9am-12pm)

  • Skill development and second wave of evaluations
  • 12pm-1pm Lunch (form brackets)
  • 1pm-5pm Live play

Day 3 (Sunday 10am-3pm)

  • Live play (Lunch 12pm-1pm)

TOP 80

Friday night and Saturday morning will be used to evaluate the top 80 players at the showcase. The top 80 will play on the two main courts. All others will play on the remaining courts.


Coaches packets will be prepared and sold to the coaches at the tournament. The packets will include information on players (high school, GPA, accomplishments) as well as team rosters and tournament schedule.

Selection will be based on Coach recommendations.

Admission is $10. Individual entry fee is $50. Coaches packet fee is $150.

For more information, contact Bert Borgmann in the CHSAA office.