Tamika Catchings, T.J. Leaf Take in the Action on Day 2 in the Midwest

  • June 1, 2019 at 8:35 pm
Tamika Catchings, T.J. Leaf Take in the Action on Day 2 in the Midwest

WESTFIELD, IN: The stage is set for the final four boys and girls teams in the Midwest to do battle for bids to the Jr. NBA Global Championship, August 6-11, at the ESPN Wide World of  Sports in Orlando. Tomorrow the North Coast Blue Chips, VSN Trail Blazers, Team Stamina, and defending Midwest champions — The Family — will compete to represent the Boys. The Michigan Storm, Team Knockdown 2023, All Ohio, and the Nike Lady Gym Rats will play to be the Midwest Girls.

Pacers forward T.J. Leaf led Life Skills at the conclusion of pool play. He and NBA Player Development staff spoke to athletes and coaches about the importance of respect, social media, and the power of hard work. The discussion encouraged players to take what they learn on the court and apply it to their lives outside the gym.

Tamika Catchings stopped by to take in the action. Catchings, who also attended the inaugural Championship in Orlando last summer, spoke about the role the Jr. NBA Global Championship has on players and the grassroots basketball space.

Derrick Coleman’s Team Michigan dropped to the VSN Trail Blazers in a nail biter, 75-72. Coleman praised the Trail Blazers and his squad on a well-fought battle.

The Family’s Midwest Regional title defense will continue into Championship Sunday, as they continued their undefeated run over the course of the past two days, going 4-0.  Curtis Williams elevated his game in Day 2. Williams is the only player to participate last year in Orlando and return for the Midwest.


The Girls put on a show today. Every remaining team had highlight-reel plays throughout the day. All Ohio had one of the best defensive possessions of the tournament.

Team Knockdown’s Laila Mitchell used a devastating crossover in transition to set up a dagger three.

Click here for all of the day’s scores & stats from the entire tournament. Action continues tomorrow at 9:00 AM EST on Eleven and Flo Sports. Representatives for the Midwest Girls and Boys will be determined at 11:30 and 12:45 EST, respectively, on Eleven. As always, @jrnba will continue to feature the action on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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