ESPN to Air 2nd Annual GEICO Top Flight Invite

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ESPN to Air 2nd Annual GEICO Top Flight Invite

  • Eight Club Teams Selected for Elite Basketball Tournament
  • Eight Games Available on ESPN+ & ESPNU, October 16-17

ESPN will expand its coverage of the 2021 GEICO Top Flight Invite, airing eight games from the pre-season club basketball event launched in 2020 by Paragon Marketing Group in conjunction with the Border League and operated by Position Sports. Eight elite club basketball teams from five states will compete in a three-day tournament at Coronado High School in Las Vegas, Nev.

Coverage begins Saturday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+ with second round and semifinal action.  The final round of play and the championship game will air on ESPNU on Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 3 p.m.

Participating Teams:
The eight team field is seeded as follows, and includes top recruits and ranked ESPN 100 (class of 2022), ESPN 60 (class of 2023) and ESPN 25 (class of 2024) players:

No. 1 CBC (Calif.): No. 4 senior Amari Bailey – SG (UCLA commit); No. 37 senior Kiiani Wright – C (USC commit); No. 49 junior Bronny James – PG; No. 4 sophomore Isaiah Elohim – SF

No. 2 Virginia Gold (Va.): No. 12 senior Chris Livingston – SF (Kentucky commit); No. 43 senior Judah Mintz (Pitt commit); No. 13 junior Caleb Foster (Duke commit)

No. 3 Prolific (Calif.): No. 15 senior Dior Johnson – PG (Oregon commit); No. 17 senior Adem Bona – C; No. 20 senior M.J. Rice – SF (Kansas commit); No. 35 senior Tre White – SF

No. 4 Dream City Christian (Ariz.): No. 1 senior Shaedon Sharpe – SG (Kentucky commit); No. 29 senior Yohan Traore – C; No. 52 senior Milos Uzan – PG

No. 5 Vertical (N.C.) – No. 11 junior Mikey Williams – SG

No. 6 Hoop Nation (Calif.)No. 29 junior – Jared McCain – SG

No. 7 LV Orange (Nev.) – Key seniors: Darrion Williams and Ryan Abelman

No. 8 Air Nado (Nev.)No. 78 senior Rickie Isaacs – PG (Texas Tech commit)

GEICO Top Flight Invite live coverage schedule on ESPN networks:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Oct 16 4 p.m. Consolation Game 1 ESPN+
  6 p.m. Consolation Game 2 ESPN+
  8 p.m. Semifinal 1  ESPN+
  10 p.m. Semifinal 2 ESPN+
Sun, Oct 17 3 p.m. Showcase Game 1
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Showcase Game 2
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
7 p.m. Championship Game
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPN2
9 p.m. Showcase Game 3
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU

The GEICO Top Flight Invite will have limited attendance and media capacity. Event information and tickets can be found at: www.bit.ly/theborderleague-tickets

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About ESPN+
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About Paragon Marketing Group
Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon and has collaborated with ESPN over the past 18 years to deliver over 700 live high school sports telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon collaborates with ESPN on the following live properties:

GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase
GEICO Girls Volleyball Invitational
GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase
GEICO State Champions Bowl Series
GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase
GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals
GEICO Baseball City Series

About GEICO
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles. For more than 80 years, the company has worked to make people’s lives better by protecting policyholders against unexpected events. As GEICO has grown, it has delivered money-saving coverage and outstanding customer service to policyholders through its investment in human resources and technology. GEICO is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.

Homeownersrenterscondofloodidentity theft  and term life coverage are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available.

GEICO has a national workforce of 40,000 associates.  GEICO sales representatives throughout the country are licensed insurance agents in order to help guide customers through coverage decisions. To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and/or purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile or by phone. Sales and service is also available at GEICO Local Offices.

Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more. 

For further information on the GEICO Top Flight Invite please contact: [email protected]

ESPN media contact: Kimberly Elchlepp at [email protected]; @kimelchlepp

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