From Hawaii and Alaska in the West, New Hampshire and New York in the East, Florida and Texas in the South, Canada in the North and distant Australia, a full field of 304 teams has officially been accepted into Sonny Vaccaro’s 11th Annual Reebok Big Time tournament, event officials announced on Tuesday, July 5, 2005. As a waiting list of hopeful participants stands by, the final field has been filled for the nation’s largest and most prestigious boy’s prep summer basketball tournament.

The massive summertime hoopfest will be played July 22-26 on 22 courts at 10 high schools and two middle schools in Southern Nevada.

Teams from 40 U.S. States, Washington, D.C., one from Australia and nine from Canada, have entered the showcase summer event, which will be headquartered for the second straight year at Foothill High School in suburban Henderson, Nev.

With updated information posted daily on the tournament’s official website (www.reebokbigtime.com), tournament officials have now begun the tedious task of pre-seeding the top 64 teams as well as determining pool play assignments and schedules for all 304 teams.

"This year’s Reebok Big Time has attracted nearly 4,000 young athletes, the bulk of the top teams of summer basketball as well as incredible group of prep stars in the country," said the gregarious Vaccaro, the Big Time founder and executive director who is Reebok’s Director of Grassroots Basketball. "This tournament begins its second

decade of providing the opportunity for players to showcase their skills in a spectacular environment."

This year’s Reebok Big Time will feature 755 games over five days, played at 12 Clark County School District sites in Southern Nevada.

At the 2005 Reebok Big Time, the "Champions of the Summer" will be crowned in five different divisions: Open, A, B, C, and the High School category, which debuted last year.

"What we have accomplished over the last ten years with the Big Time is a wonderful tribute to the opportunities we have here in America, and how incredibly talented these kids are," added Vaccaro, who is also the founder and director of both the legendary Roundball Classic all-star game in Chicago and the talent-rich Reebok ABCD Camp being held through July 9 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

While Canada has an event record-tying nine teams from six Provinces and Australia is sending its first, California’s 78 leads six U.S. States that have entered at least 10 teams in the prestigious event.

As in past years, Texas has the second highest number of teams entered with 31, including a record 15 from the Dallas/Fort Worth area alone. Colorado is once again a surprising third with 15 teams entered, followed by Washington and Indiana with 14 each and Michigan with 10. Three other states, with nine teams each, are New York, Oregon and Virginia.

Nevada, the host state for the Reebok Big Time, has six teams entered, all from Southern Nevada.

The field includes all five defending champions: Spiece Indy Heat (Open); Positive Image-Pennsylvania (A); Chico Tarheels-California (B); Basketballtown Pharoahs-Calif. (C); and Arkansas Hawks (High School). The Hawks, however, have moved up to the Open Division for this year and the A, B, and C champs could be in different divisions based on their record during pool play at this year’s tournament.

This year’s marquee Open tournament will again feature 112 teams, including 64 top pre-seeded teams, while the A, B, C and High School tournaments will each have 48-team tournaments. All the single-elimination tournaments will be preceded by three games of pool play during the first two days in the tournament.

The 64 top pre-seeded teams will be in the Open Division and they will be joined by the first place teams from 48 four-team pools. The A Division will have the second place teams from the 48 pools while the B Division will have the third place teams and the C Division will be comprised of the fourth place pool teams. The High School Division will be the 48 teams entered in that division who will be placed in the tournament bracket based on their results from pool play.

Foothill High School, in suburban Henderson, Nev., returns as the tournament headquarters and the other primary site for Open Division games will nearby Basic High School. Championship games in all five tournament divisions will be held at Foothill HS on Tuesday, July 26. The marquee Open Division title game is scheduled to start at 6:20 p.m. Besides Foothill, the other Henderson schools that will host games involving

Open teams will be Basic High School and Coronado High School. Silverado High School will also host part of the tournament’s Open bracket play on Sunday, July 24.

Besides Foothill, Basic and Coronado, the other site in Henderson will be Mannion Middle School. The sites in Las Vegas will be Del Sol HS, Las Vegas HS, Liberty HS, Miller Middle School, Palo Verde HS and Silverado HS. The tournament sites in North Las Vegas will be Cheyenne HS and Mojave HS. This will be the first time that Del Sol, Mannion and Miller will be tournament sites.

aily general admission tickets, $10 each, will be good for all games at all sites. They will be available at the door at each site.

College Sports TV will produce a 90-minute Sports Documentary Special, filmed in High Definition. The "Summer Special" will provide an in-depth look at the individuals, teams and the overall experience of the incredible five-day event.

Growing from 64 teams when the tournament was founded by basketball marketing guru Sonny Vaccaro in 1995, the tournament peaked at 400 in 2003. Last year, tournament officials reduced the number to 336 before arriving at this year’s number of 304.

For more information, contact the tournament office in Las Vegas at 702.373.7007 or visit the official website of the Reebok Big Time tournament at www.reebokbigtime.com