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May 29, 2010 at 6:30 AM

Spencer Hawes Tabbed to Play In Rip The Cut Tourney

Photo credit: Seattle Times – Rod Mar
Former Washington standout Spencer Hawes (above) is one of several NBA players scheduled to play in the annual Rip The Cut Tournament this Memorial Day weekend.
Tournament organizer DeShawn Jackson said 18 teams are scheduled to play in the three-day tournament that begins 9 a.m. today at Garfield High School.
Hawes will team with Martell Webster, his Seattle Prep teammate and the UW signee who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Former Franklin High star Aaron Brooks and Rainier Beach product Terrence Williams are expected to field a team and Jamal Crawford is planning to play.
Hawes and Webster’s team will play their first game noon Saturday. Brooks and Williams’ team tips-off at 11 a.m. and Crawford takes the court at 1 p.m.
In the past, former UW players Eldridge Recasner, Will Conroy, Tre Simmons, Jamie Booker and Doug Wrenn have played in the tournament. Former Sonic Shawn Kemp played two years ago.
Rosters are sometimes fluid and you never know who might enter at the last minute.
The interesting thing about the tournament is anyone can sign-up and enter a team and there’s a chance they could be on the court against a NBA player. Current college players aren’t permitted to play due to NCAA eligibility rules.
A team from Mountlake Terrace won the tournament last year defeating Crawford’s crew in the semifinals. It’s a double-elimination tourney and there’s usually two games being played simultaneously, which creates plenty of action on the floor.
The tournament began in 2002 to honor former Garfield High player Rahsaan ‘Rip’ Phillips, a popular Central District barber and Garfield Community Center volunteer, who was shot and killed at the age of 25 in 1998 in a double homicide.
“It’s grown over the years and just progressed to where it is now now, which is a memorial for everyone and for people to come out and just have fun,” Jackson said. “It helps a lot of youth organizations from Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club to scholarships for minority students.
“Last year, we helped refurbish school’s playgrounds. It’s strictly for the youth and it’s just nice that they (the players) all come back in play in it because they started playing in it.”
Where: Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave.
When: Saturday 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.; Championship Game Monday at 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $8 for the day.
Not sure how much I’ll post this weekend. I’ll try and stop by the tournament and pass on some thoughts, but not making any promises. If anyone attends and has some interesting observations, please share them here.
Happy Memorial Day.

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