For its eighth year, Idaho Select Basketball will take over a number of Downtown Boise streets for this coming weekend's BAM Jam, the annual three-on-three basketball tournament for men and women of all ages. All proceeds are donated to local non-profits.
The tournament takes place Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, and includes a slam dunk contest and three-point challenge on the steps of the capitol on Saturday. While registration has ended, some slots were still being filled by late-to-the-party entries (there's a $25 late registration fee). For those who don't make the initial roster, a wait list will also be available if a particular bracket opens up.
Most of the games will occur within a six-block area near Bannock and Sixth streets.
BAM Jam has steadily gained popularity in Boise since its debut year in 2008. The event started with 142 teams and has been growing ever since. Vince Hordemann from Idaho Select Basketball said the event also tends to draw a large audience - they’re expecting about 10,000 people.
“We have some great volunteers who help us out,” said Hordemann. “They do a great job.”
That said, Hordemann said he's always looking for more volunteers.
“We have a lot of different stuff [our volunteers] can do,” he added.
According to the Bam Jam website, there are several extremely talented players to watch during this year's elite competiton, including Coby Karl, the first NBA player to participate in BAM Jam, alongside former Boise State Broncos Rob Heyer and Mark Sanchez and Boise State Assistant Coach John Rillie. Also competing in the elite division will be returning champs Chris Allen, Kevin Baker and Craig McGee. Also in this weekend's competition will be Vallivue High School all-state athlete Will Bogan who will be attending Ole Miss.