Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The third annual South Carolina Pro-Am is officially underway to rave reviews after fans packed the Heathwood Hall gymnasium Thursday night for a triple-header.
The three-week event will have games every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon with players with Palmetto State connections showcasing their skills and trying to stay sharp during the summer.
The first game of the Pro-Am saw plenty of Garnet and Orange going head to head as USC's Duane Notice and LaImonas Chatkevicius were on one team with Clemson's Austin Ajukwa and Rod Hall on the other.
Notice and Ajukwa are in similar situations as each is using the summer to make improvements after receiving plenty of playing time as freshmen.
However, the Pro-Am has plenty of storylines with overseas professionals like Devan Downey and Carlos Powell coming home to play. Also, Division II talent is on the rosters and those players see the Pro-Am as a chance to see how they stack up against the Division I guys.
Trey Miller, a former News19 Player of the Week, ended his career by helping Newberry win the Class 2A state championship. He will play at the next level at USC-Aiken, one of the top Division II programs in the country.