‘The 8’ Boasts Eight of the Nation’s Premier AAU Programs, Coached by Basketball’s Superstars from July 24-26 in Las Vegas

Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Victor Oladipo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist & Jabari Parker to coach  

LAS VEGAS – Seven-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul will host the second annual The 8 AAU tournament in Las Vegas from July 24-26. It will showcase eight high-profile travel team programs from across the country -- each coached by a current or former NBA player – in a three-day, eight-team tournament in which the winner takes all.  

Team coaches include Paul (Team CP3), Ty Lawson and Victor Oladipo (Team Takeover), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Team Final), Jabari Parker (Mac Irvin Fire), Drew Gooden (Oakland Soldiers), Mike Bibby (Team Bibby), JR Smith, Dahntay Jones and Chris Smith (NJ Playaz) and Carmelo Anthony (Team Melo).  This year’s preliminary rounds will be held Thursday, July 24th and Friday, July 25th at Impact Basketball, with the Championship Day showcased on a special court build-out in The Chelsea Theater at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas on Saturday, July 26th. Each team will play three games as part of a bracketed tournament.  

“The first year of The 8 went so well, we wanted to do it all over again,” said Chris Paul, coach of Team CP3. “It’s a great opportunity for young players to be coached by some of the world’s top players and to learn a different perspective on the game.  I wish every young player could be a part of this mentorship program.”  

Team Coaches:

  • Jabari Parker (Mac Irvin Fire)
  • JR Smith, Dahntay Jones and Chris Smith (NJ Playaz)
  • Drew Gooden (Oakland Soldiers)
  • Mike Bibby (Team Bibby)
  • Chris Paul (Team CP3)
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Team Final)
  • Carmelo Anthony (Team Melo)
  • Ty Lawson and Victor Oladipo (Team Takeover)  

For more information about this tournament please visit: www.The8Vegas.com

Game Schedule:  

Opening Round / Thursday, July 24th:  Impact Basketball - 121 E Sunset Road Las Vegas, Nevada 

  • 4:30 p.m. – Game #1 - Team CP3 vs. Team Melo
  • 6:00 p.m. – Game #2 - NJ Playaz vs. Mac Irvin Fire
  • 7:30 p.m. – Game #3 - Oakland Soldiers vs. Team Bibby
  • 9:00 p.m. – Game #4 - Team Takeover vs. Team Final  

Semifinals/Consolation / Friday, July 25th: Impact Basketball - 121 E Sunset Road Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 4:30 p.m. – Game #5: Game 2 Loser vs. Game 3 Loser
  • 6:00 p.m. – Game #6: Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner
  • 7:30 p.m. – Game #7: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner
  • 9:00 p.m. – Game #8: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser  

Place Games / Saturday, July 26th: The Cosmopolitan – 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

  • 11:00 a.m. – Game #9: Seventh Place Game
  • 12:30 p.m. – Game #10: Fifth Place Game
  • 2:00 p.m. – Game #11: Third Place Game
  • 3:30 p.m. – Game #12: Championship Game