Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The South Carolina Pro-Am, a summer league basektball tournament will tip off in a few days with games over Sunday and Thursday at Heathwood Hall.
Former USC point guard Carey Rich, who currently co-hosts a sports talk show on the Sportsradio 560 The Team, is the commissioner of the Pro-Am which is in its second year.
Per NCAA rules, college coaches are not allowed to attend the event and there is no admission charge - giving fans a chance to watch high-quality basketball without paying a high price for tickets.
Among the former college players with professional ties who will be competing are former Gamecocks Devon Downey and Carlos Powell.
A large group of current college players are on the rosters including a strong contingent from USC and Clemson, with the rest of the Palmetto State schools represented.
There is an intriguing angle to this pro-am in that Hammond's Seventh Woods and PJ Dozier from Spring Valley are competing. Woods and Dozier are two of the most highly-touted players in the country and both will be showcasing their skills this summer.
The league will have a regular season schedule that ends July 28 with playoffs to follow from August 1-4.