A total of 74 teams across three divisions will compete in the Nike Summer League starting Friday, April 20 at the Far Eastern University Gym in Manila.
Twenty-eight teams from the seniors, 26 in the juniors and 17 in the women’s will see action in this league, a preseason tournament for their respective collegiate leagues like the UAAP and the NCAA.
“The Nike Summer League is proof of Nike’s commitment to help propagate and further grow basketball in the country,” said Melissa Crucillo, Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager. “It has revolutionized summer basketball as it provides both male and female cagers a venue to showcase their basketball prowess.”
The champion team in the seniors division will receive P200,000 worth of Nike products while the second and third placer will get P100,000 and P75,000 worth of Nike products respectively.
The winners in the juniors and women’s will win P150,000 worth of Nike products while the second and third placer will be given P75,000 and P50,000 worth of Nike products respectively.
ABS-CBN will telecast the games starting from the quarterfinals until the finals through Studio 23.
“This is a good preview of the UAAP and the NCAA,” said Peter Musngi, Vice President for Sports of ABS-CBN. “And of course, we will definitely discover new talents in this tournament.”
UAAP champion University of Santo Tomas, NCAA runner-up Philippine Christian University, NCRAA runner-up Emilio Aguinaldo College, Ateneo, La Salle and FEU are among the top teams in the seniors division.
Junior teams include UAAP champion Ateneo, NCAA champion San Sebastian College, De La Salle-Zobel, UPIS, La Salle-Greenhills and PCU.
Among the contenders in the women teams are UAAP champion UST, FEU, Adamson and Lyceum.
Provincial teams have also joined the competition which comprise of La Salle-Dasmariñas, PCU-Dasmariñas, Ateneo De Zamboanga and San Beda-Taytay High School.
In the seniors and juniors, the teams were divided into four groups where the top two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals.
The women’s division has two groups with the top four in each group getting a slot in the quarterfinals.
The tournament will run for eight weeks in over 48 play dates.