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Select Super 16 to take over Paducah this weekend

AthElite Sports Management, along with the Under Armour Premier Team Network and SI Select, will host the second Select Super 16 tournament in Paducah, Kentucky.

After a successful inaugural tournament, the Select Super 16 tournament is back and looking to up the ante. It has doubled its registered teams total from last year, with 100 teams participating in the event over the weekend. The teams will play all weekend, with games beginning Saturday morning and ending Sunday afternoon.

The tournament will feature a plethora of notable upgrades, hosting a live DJ at games, providing photo packages through 618 SportsPix, team and individual mixtapes through HoopReelz, and livestreaming certain games courtesy of LeBlond Productions through Facebook.

The tournament has not only expanded, it is bringing in some big names. Teams such as the Adidas sponsored Alabama Celtics, the Memphis Bulls, Team Manimal, which is sponsored by Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, and others former NBA players' teams like Dontae’ Jones.

The teams also have players receiving national recognition at the college level. Schools such as West Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Portland, Bethune-Cookman, SIUC, SIUE, Morehead State and UNLV have all been in contact with some of the players and teams competing this weekend.

Despite the many big names, AthElite Sports Management Founder and CEO Sam Swinford believes it won’t be an easy road for those big teams to reach the championship in any age group. Swinford expects every single team to come in with a killer mindset and play at a high level.

“I expect teams from across the country to come in with one goal,” Swinford said. “To win, and to do whatever it takes to get there. I expect all 130 games to be "cut th