The 27th annual Maui Invitational takes place next week on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
The Maui Invitational has become one of the most prestigious preseason NCAA basketball tournaments, and I know I for one look forward to it every year.
The reason it's so prestigious is only the top schools get to participate in the Thanksgiving week tournament. It's almost an honor to get invited to play.
Participants of Maui have won 62 of the 73 NCAA Championships, have been 58 of 73 National runners-up and 239 of the 292 total final four teams have competed on the island.
This is such a great tournament because top teams play on a neutral court and there's no guarantees. It's a great early test for the upcoming season.
Many of the games all-time greats have played in this tournament.
Past MVP's were Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle Singler, Mike Dunleavy, Joseph Forte, Raef LaFrentz, Kerry Kittles, Bobby Hurley and Glen Rice just to name a few.
This year players from Michigan, Memphis, Tennessee, Duke, UCLA, Georgetown, Kansas and Chaminade (host school) will try and etch their niche in Maui greatness.
These are the top 10 players to watch out for in the 2011 EA Sports Maui Invitational.