One of the hottest attractions of the high school circuit this summer was the long-awaited head-to-head matchup between Big Ballers’ LaMelo Ball and SC Supreme’s Zion Williamson, two of the most notable high school prospects, both heavily recruited by schools around the nation.
The gym was in fact so full of avid fans, that local police needed to create a barricade outside the Cashman Center in Las Vegas to prevent a fire code violation and nearly being at risk of being cancelled, according to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.
Main gym at @adidasUprising 70 mins before LaMelo Ball vs. Zion WillIamson. pic.twitter.com/ZmubWRcxHr
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) July 27, 2017
Several fans had to be shut out of the venue, as the doors closed an hour prior to the start of the event.
The Adidas Uprising Summer Championship had every bit of fireworks, attracting not only locals, but many NBA stars looking at what the future might hold for them, including the likes of Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray, and LaMelo’s elder brother, Lonzo.
LeBron James, who was reportedly slated to have a seat courtside, elected to remain in his vehicle and left in an effort to avoid causing any further ruckus after talking to event personnel.
“They’re gonna have to get a bigger venue,” LaMelo’s father, LaVar said of the jam-packed crowd. “When the Big Baller Brand come to town, better get something big.”
Event organizer Chris Rivers only gave the event the green light to commence a minute before tip-off.