|A few basketball teams with a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community connection competed in NABI.|
SRPMIC Members Compete in Popular NABI Tournament
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members were sprinkled all over July’s 15th Annual Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), including on one team from halfway across the world.
Community member Jacob Schurz joined a team from New Zealand, and Community member Shaylee Scabby played for a team from Oklahoma. A handful of other teams had a connection to the Community, including the two-time boys defending champions, the AZ Warriors.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community hosted the near-weeklong tournament in Maricopa from July 9 to 15. A total of 128 high school–age teams (64 boys teams and 64 girls teams) brought their talents from more than 300 different tribes. Every year, Native American high school athletes play in NABI to represent their tribes and showcase their talent in arguably the most competitive Native sports tournament in the country, with hopes of gaining the attention of college basketball recruiters.
This year the tournament teamed up with the NBA to conduct a Jr. NBA youth camp.
In addition to the tournament, teams participated in NABI Night, a team parade on center court during halftime of the Phoenix Mercury and Atlanta Dream game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. The Gold and Silver bracket division championship games were also played at Talking Stick Resort Arena on July 15.
Yakama Nation beat NN Elite in the girls Gold division (64-50), and Cheyenne Arapaho beat LS Lower Sioux in the boys Gold division (75-71).
The Ak-Chin Indian Community, Nike N7, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Gila River Indian Community presented this year’s tournament. Next year’s tournament is set for late July.