Club ball season set to tip off

In the wake of the end of the high school and college seasons, it’s time for the other half of the year: club ball and WNBA seasons. Kick-off for club ball teams all over the country will begin this weekend, in preparation for the third weekend in April, which is the first official NCAA viewing period. Just like that, college coaches will be back in gyms all over the U.S., mining for talent.

The Eighth Annual California Classic will get the season underway this weekend for 72 teams from California, Arizona and Nevada. The tournament, at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA, will run both days. There are four divisions, with eight brackets in the top two and four brackets in the last two divisions. The top matchups are in the Elite Division, and include Cal Sparks Gold, West Coast Premier Black, Cal Storm Taurasi, EBO San Diego and Vegas Elite.

“The rosters from the list of these teams are loaded with Division I recruits,” said Elbert Kinnebrew, Director of the Cal Sparks, who is putting on the event.