The Grind SessionOWENSBORO, Ky. (3/5/18) — The Owensboro Sportscenter is poised to host The Grind Session World Championships March 8-11.

The Grind Session World Championships will feature some of the world's top boys' high school basketball talent. The international boys’ basketball tournament presented by Tanager Sports features top ranked teams from 10 states and Canada. Tournament organizers confirm the event will feature 14 of the top 100 players in the country and 76 players who have either committed or have Division I offers.

“Many of the 200 players competing in this tournament are nationally-ranked and already have major Division I college scholarship offers," said Grind Session World Championship Tournament organizer Dan Hudson. "This tournament is even bigger than the nationally-known Marshall County Hoopfest.”

Charles Bassey, ESPN’s number three-ranked player in the class of 2019, is among those set to compete in Owensboro. Kyree Walker, ESPN’s number six-ranked player in the class of 2020, and ESPN 5-star-rated Luguentz Dort, an Arizona State signee, are among the other players prepared to take the floor at the Owensboro Sportscenter.

“This first-class tournament is an incredible economic boost for our tourism market," said Mark Calitri, Visit Owensboro President & CEO. "Players, coaches and their families will stay in our hotels and eat in our restaurants. For players and coaches alone, about 420 room nights will be needed for the event. It’s a big win for Owensboro.”

Tickets are $10 for bleachers and $12 for chairback seats per session. There are five sessions. The dates and times of games can be found online at

“This is your chance to see some of the best players in country compete at the highest level," said Laura Alexander, Spectra Assistant GM/Director of Sales & Marketing Owensboro Convention Center/Owensboro Sportscenter. "We are honored to be able to host this tournament at the newly-renovated Owensboro Sportscenter.”

Teams set to compete in the upcoming tournament are Trinity International (Nevada), The Rock (Florida), St. Louis Christian (Missouri), Orangeville Prep (Canada), Athlete Institute (Canada), Believe Academy (Tennessee), Victory Rock (Florida), Bella Vista (Arizona), Mountain Mission (Virginia), Tennessee Prep (Tennessee), Aspire Academy (Kentucky), Hillcrest Prep (Arizona), Lincoln Prep (Georgia), Our Saviour Lutheran (New York), Wesley Christian (Kentucky), Prolific Prep (California) and West Oaks (Florida).

On March 11, following the tournament's title game, the Grind Session World Championships will host an awards banquet at the Owensboro Convention Center.


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