Hawks' Ado Receives Nike Global Challenge Invite

No. 1 2016 Post Will Represent Africa At Games In Chicago

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com
Hamilton Heights basketball coach Zach Ferrell, left, and rising junior Abdulahakim Ado at a recent interview session.
Hamilton Heights basketball coach Zach Ferrell, left, and rising junior Abdulahakim Ado at a recent interview session.

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy announced Tuesday that 2016 post, Abdulhakim Ado, has been selected to participate in the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 13-16.

The Global Challenge will highlight the top under-19 players from across the world in an eight-team, three-day competition. Former participants include Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, and Tyreke Evans.

The event will feature four regional teams from the United States, as well as the International elite from Brazil, Canada, China, and Africa.

Ado was one of ten players selected to represent the continent of Africa.

The 6-foot-10 Ado, a rising junior, exploded on the national scene this summer as he participated on the Nike Summer Circuit with the Georgia Stars, and played at the Adidas Super 64 with the Atlanta Celtics. He also recently participated in the Adidas Nations tournament in Los Angeles, CA, and will play in the Reebok All Star Tournament in New York City, Aug. 10-12.

Ado went from an mostly unknown player to be ranked as the nation’s No. 7 prospect and the top 2016 post player, according to 247Sports of CBS Sports. He is also nationally ranked by Rivals.com and ESPN.

He has received scholarship offers from Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Penn State, and Arizona State. Others schools showing interest in Ado include Connecticut, Texas, and Florida.

Hamilton Heights also announced that two Lady Hawks, rising freshmen Jazmine Massengill

and Elizabeth Balogun have received scholarship offers from Western Kentucky University. Former Lady Hawks, Ruta Savikaite, plays at Western University.

Hamilton Heights has also recently scheduled games with nationally recognized powers Oak Hill (Va.), Arlington County Day (Fla.), Huntington Prep (W.V.), and Hargrave Military Academy (N.C.).

They have been invited to participate in six prestigious national tournaments, including the Huntington Prep Classic, and the Charlotte Hoops Classic which has hosted teams that included Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiib, the No. 3 pick overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the most recent NBA draft.

Locally, the Hawks will compete against Brainerd and McCallie, and participate in the 2014 Best of Preps Tournament in December.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @larryfleming44)





Cleveland Boys Second In Large Division Track

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Keegan Jones won the 200 dash and teammate Benjedi Casseus won the 110 high hurdles to help the Cleveland boys finish second in the Division I-Large class division of the state track meet at MTSU Thursday night. Brentwood was first with 62 points while the Blue Raiders were a close runner-up with 58. Jones won the 200 with a time of 21.10 seconds after ... (click for more)

Summertown Beats Sale Creek, 1-0, In Class 1A State Softball Tourney

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – After winning its first two games in the TSSAA Class 1A state softball tournament, Sale Creek ran into Summertown in the winner’s bracket final on Thursday. The Lady Eagles beat the Lady Panthers, 7-1, and advanced to the championship game on Friday at 2 p.m. For Sale Creek to get another shot at Summertown, it has to knock off Cascade in Friday’s ... (click for more)

Donaldson Tells Jury He Shot Son-In-Law After Knife Was Pulled On Him; Medical Examiner Says Fatal Shot Was From 3 Inches Away

Glen Donaldson took the witness stand Thursday in the attempt to explain how two good friends ended up with one dead and the other facing a first-degree murder charge.   On the night of Dec. 29, 2016, he texted his son-in-law, Adam Levi, and arranged to pick up bed rails for his daughter, who had left items when she moved out of their house. After loading the rails, ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Killed After Colliding With Car On Highway 60

A motorcyclist was killed on Highway 60 on Thursday afternoon after colliding with a car.   At approximately  4:30 p.m. , Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 5100 block of Highway 60 for the report of a  motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle vs. car.  According to preliminary reports, the motorcycle ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 'Don't Dare Endorse Me!'

When Joe Smith, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, met with officials of the UnifiEd political action committee on Tuesday, his instructions to his somber listeners were very specific. He told the leaders of the now-tainted education non-profit group. “Do not endorse me. I extended the courtesy of answering your questions … I am eager to do the right thing. But I am saying ... (click for more)