Gibbons tournament needs a home

STAFF WRITERApril 22, 2011 

Rodney Purvis of the CP3 All-Stars drives to the basket during the Bob Gibbons tournament in Chapel Hill.

ETHAN HYMAN — ETHAN HYMAN - ehyman@newsobserver.com

— Basketball recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons' Tournament of Champions boys basketball tournament needs new playing sites after the NCAA adopted legislation earlier this month prohibiting non-scholastic tournaments from using Division I facilities.

Gibbons' annual tournament draws 64 teams from throughout the country for a three-day tournament with three divisions.

The NCAA’s Legislative Council adopted a proposal earlier this month that prohibits Division I programs from hosting, sponsoring or conducting non-scholastic basketball practice or competition in which men’s prospective athletes participate. The practice or competition is prohibited on campus or at off-campus facilities that are regularly used by the school.

Gibbons' tournament last year used 18 courts, including 12 on the Duke, State or UNC campuses.

“I don’t know what we are going to do,” Gibbons said. “I’ve got teams that have already purchased their airplane tickets to come. This really yanks the rug from under us.”

The NCAA rule does not effect girls club team tournaments, such as the recent Deep South Classic, which used State, Duke and North Carolina facilities.

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