The Exclusive 2019

This Summer Invitational Tournament is held all under one roof at the Westin Lake Las Vegas. 


Contact: Brant Minor

Phone: 503-708-4871



High school tournament back for second year in Las Vegas

PORTLAND, ORE. JAN. 31, 2019Max Hoops™co-founder and director Brant Minor recently announced The Exclusive™, an invite-only high school boy’s tournament July 26-29, 2019 in Las Vegas. “The Exclusive 2.0” will feature top high school talent from around the nation.

“We’re really excited to return for our second year,” said Minor, a University of Portland alumnus. “The tournament was well received last year by the coaches, players, their parents and the college coaches we hosted.

The tournament will feature three sixteen-team brackets, with 15, 16 and 17U age options and a four-game guarantee. College coaches from a variety of schools will be on-site for games. A “Bonus Room” will be available for players to interact with motivational speakers. The Exclusive™ 2.0 will be hosted at the Westin Lake Las Vegas, which has three side-by-side courts within the resort. Teams are required to stay at the hotel and will receive The Exclusive™ nightly rate.

“Last year we had teams from 11 states including three from Canada,” said Minor. “Because it’s the first ‘Stay and Play’ style tournament in Vegas with a high level of competition, it’s really appealing to teams and the player’s parents. We’re happy to say we’re back for year two!”

The opening ceremonies hosted by Jesse LeBeau begin on July 25, the evening prior to the tournament. Eligibility is determined by selection, teams can fill out questionnaire at to compete for an invitation to the tournament.



Founded in 2010, Max Hoops is the creation of Brant Minor and Adam Masten. Having played collegiately at University of Portland and Oregon State University, respectively, the two wanted to give back to the game they love and help young athletes obtain the tools they need to be successful on not only the basketball court, but in the classroom and in life. Max Hoops currently offers a range of programs, from the college exposure showcases to individualized training sessions. For more information about Max Hoops and The Exclusive, visit


Max Hoops is implementing a firm Stay-and Play policy for The Exclusive, and has appointed TCI Housing as their Official Housing Agency. This simply means that for your team to participate in this tournament, you must register your AND reserve your hotel rooms using the methodoutlined below. Any deviation could result in your team’s forfeiture from the tournament.

It is required that all team participants book their housing accommodations via TCI Housing’s booking site. Max Hoops group rates have already been pre-negotiated, and a block of rooms set aside at the Westin Lake Las Vegas.  Please do not contact the hotel directly, as you will not be able to reserve rooms at the group rate unless done through the official housing link.

REMEMBER:  Your team will not be considered fully registered until all three steps below are completed.  Team and payment information will be collected during STEP 1, but registration will not be complete until STEPS 2 & 3 have been verified.


Fill out the registration form with your team and payment information. Once submitted, please visit to request a block of rooms.


A personalized booking link will be sent to your team travel manager, which you can distribute to your team. Payment is not required at the time of reservation.


Once you have reserved your rooms, you will immediately receive an email containing your reservation info.  Simply forward this email to and your registration will be complete!

It is required that all team participants book their housing accommodations via TCI Housing’s booking site. Max Hoops group rates have already been pre-negotiated, and a block of rooms set aside at the Westin Lake Las Vegas. Please do not contact the hotel directly, as you will not be able to reserve rooms at the group rate unless done through the official housing link.

The Exclusive: Day One Review
36 games highlight first day of play

LAS VEGAS- With 36 games taking place today, the Exclusive has officially kicked off at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort. The first stay-and-play high school tournament, the invite-only event features 51 teams from across the nation and so far, has been well-received by coaches, players, and parents in its very first day.

“This is the perfect atmosphere for my guys,” said Karoma Smith, head coach of the Arkansas Heat. “There are three courts under one roof and we love that the competition is consistent across the board and not up and down. Our guys are loving the resort, too. Our goal in the summer is to get better as a team and individually, but more importantly, to get them exposure to this type of atmosphere. I just want them to compete, and to compete at a high level.”

With three age groups (15U, 16U, and 17U) all playing at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, the NCAA-sanctioned Exclusive offers a unique aspect of convenience for players, parents and college coaches alike. In addition, a “Bonus Room” is available, with basketball performance professionals and motivational speakers giving presentations each day.

After day one, the Heat program as a whole remains undefeated, with the 15U squad winning 52-36 over the 509 Elite and the 16U group putting together a 72-34 win over Team Jones. BeyondBall’s 15U and 17U teams both compiled convincing wins on the day, while Hard Work Basketball’s U17 team went 2-0 on the day. Pool play will continue until Saturday afternoon, with bracket play beginning Saturday evening. Each team has a four-game guarantee.

“We love the energy that was in the gym the first day,” said tournament director Brant Minor.

“Programs that have multiple teams were cheering each other on during their games and being supportive. Our speakers did a great job in the Bonus Room and overall, there was just a positive energy in the building.”

The Exclusive: Day Two Review
Day two highlights include 36 games and seven teams with perfect records

LAS VEGAS- After an eventful first day of play, day two of the Exclusive tournament featured 36 games across three divisions, with seven different teams remaining undefeated as of Friday night.

Salem Hoop (Oregon), Hard Work Basketball (California) and Fly Select (Oregon) lead the U17 division as of Friday night, with Fly Select edging out Lark’s Elite 68-65 in the 8:10 p.m. game to maintain a perfect record. The U16 Division wrapped up pool play today, with four different teams boasting undefeated records, as 3D Basketball (BC, Canada), Game Elite (Georgia), West Elite (Utah) and D1 Elite (Washington) all went 3-0 during the first two days of play. In the U15 Division, Arkansas Heat and Team Arsenal (California) both put together 3-0 overall records play to lead their age group heading into Saturday.

College coaches from schools including University of California San Diego, Mount Saint Vincent (New York) and Chaminade University (Hawaii) attended games. Players and coaches also had the opportunity to attend four different speaking events in the Bonus Room.

“The competition is solid and tough,” said Lark’s Elite head coach Nate Lark. “Our guys know what they have to be prepared for (heading into the tournament). We need to execute and get after it on defense. They’ve got to want it more.”

Games resume tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., with the U15 and U17 divisions finishing pool play before the single-elimination tournament kicks off in the afternoon. Follow Max Hoops on Instagram and Twitter @MaxHoops3.

Full-Court Buzzer Beater Highlights Day Three of the Exclusive
Pool play concludes as championship round kicks off tonight

LAS VEGAS- With 0.8 seconds left on the clock in triple overtime and his team down by two, Indy Dosanjh caught the ball on an inbounds pass, squared his shoulders, and shot it from nearly full court. Time expired as it went through the net, securing a 45-43 win for the ITPH Tigers (Sacramento) and defeating the 2-2 British Columbia Panthers in the process.

“It was really big for us,” said Dosanjh, a 6-foot point guard who’s going into his senior year at Yuba City High School this fall. “Everyone was saying we were going to lose because BC (British Columbia) is ranked ahead of us and is a really good team.”

With the win, the Tigers improve to 1-3 overall on the weekend, as pool play wraps up in each division this afternoon. The championship round of the tournament is single-elimination and will conclude tomorrow afternoon to round out the Exclusive’s inaugural year.

In addition to Dosanjh’s buzzer-beater, other highlights on day three included D1 Elite securing a #1 seed in their bracket for the U15 tournament, thanks to a win over 3D Basketball this morning. Arkansas Heat Elite, the Valley Grapes, and Team Arsenal are the other top seeds in the U15 tournament. On the U16 side, 3D Basketball, D1 Basketball, Game Elite, and West Elite are all top seeds heading into tonight. U17 #1 seeds are Hard Work Basketball, Team Jones, Fly Select and Salem Hoop (Oregon).

The championship round kicks off tonight at 5:20 p.m. for all three divisions. Follow @MaxHoops3 on Instagram and Twitter and on Facebook (Max Hoops) to stay up-to-date on all the action.

Game Elite’s Comeback Win Highlights Opening Round of Tournament
Myson Lowe leads effort with 34 points

LAS VEGAS- Game Elite (Atlanta, GA) used 34 points from Myson Lowe to overcome a 26-point first half deficit, taking down Team Rampage (Vallejo, California) 76-62 in the opening round of the U16 championship bracket on Saturday night.

“Team Rampage came out pretty hard on us early on,” said Elite head coach Roger Hubbard.

“We closed the gap and managed to cut the lead to 12 at the half and came in and started playing and the momentum changed. We had to settle in a little. Our guys stepped up and played hard.”

Lowe, a 5’8 guard out of North Cobb High School, had a beyond efficient showing, going 8-for-11 from the field and connecting at a 60 percent clip from beyond the arc (3-for-5). To round out his performance, he went 9-for-11 from the free throw line and pulled down eight boards.

Marvin Mcghee III poured in 17 points, while Saigon Kitt added 11 in the victory. As a team, Game Elite shot 54 percent from deep.

“We got hot and took the lead but went back-and-forth with them,” said Lowe. “With five minutes left, we pulled away and got the win. We’ve been in this situation a lot of times and we just talk about not worrying that we’re down. We’ve just got to stay focused and do what we want to do. Our goal is to win the tournament.”

With the win, Game Elite remains undefeated at 4-0 and advances to the semi-finals of the Exclusive and will take on West Elite (Utah) tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. Follow @MaxHoops3 on Twitter and Instagram and Max Hoops on Facebook to stay up-to-date on games.

The Exclusive: Full Weekend Recap
Title games highlight Sunday afternoon, 124 games played total

LAS VEGAS- Championships were claimed across three age divisions on Sunday afternoon, as the Exclusive wrapped up its inaugural year at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort. Hard Work Basketball (Simi Valley, CA), Texas Mel Elite (Houston, TX), and Team Arsenal Select (Oakland, CA) each took the win in their respective age groups, en route to earning the first-ever Exclusive championship titles.

In the 17U age group, Hard Work Basketball claimed the title, with a 56-42 victory over Salem Hoop (Salem, Oregon). Three different players scored in double-figures for Hard Work, as Micah McLaurin led the effort with 13 points. As a team, Hard Work shot 43 percent from beyond the arc (6-for-14), while holding Salem Hoop to just 19 percent shooting from three. Hard Work was the lone team to compile an undefeated record, going 6-0 overall at the event.

Texas Mel Elite took the title in the 16U division, shooting 54 percent from deep (6-for-11) to top Game Elite Blue (Atlanta, Georgia), 61-38. Westley Sellers and Jordan Henderson added 14 points apiece in the victory, while Melvin Holloway IV hit three three-pointers and scored 11 points in the win. Saigon Kitt led Game Elite with 14 points, including a 3-for-5 effort from deep.

The Houston-based squad put together a 4-1 overall record, ending their run on a three game winning streak.

15U Team Arsenal Select edged out D1 Elite (Marysville, Washington) 52-46 to round out the title games on Sunday afternoon. Malik Merchant connected at a 75 percent clip from the three (3-for-4) and poured in 19 points to lead Team Arsenal to its third-straight win at the Exclusive and claim the championship, while amassing a 4-1 overall record.

Overall, 51 teams from 11 states across the nation took part in the stay-and-play event, with three teams from Canada. Each team had a four-game guarantee, with pool play concluding Saturday afternoon. College coaches from UC San Diego, Chaminade (HI) and Mount Saint Vincent (NY), among others, attended the four-day tournament, where 124 total games were played. Additionally, a Bonus Room was available with speakers specializing in athletic performance, nutrition, and other topics to help athletes succeed on and off the court. For photos of the event and to stay up-to-date on announcements, follow @MaxHoops3 on Instagram and Twitter and like Max Hoops on Facebook.

“There was a contagious energy in the building,” said Exclusive tournament director Brant Minor. “The level of play was great across all three courts each day. The idea behind our Bonus Room was to emphasize that there is more to life than basketball, and our goal is always to help kids reach their potential in basketball, but in life outside of basketball as well. All of our speakers did a great job of conveying that to the players. We’ve already starting planning for next year’s Exclusive and we’re so excited that it was well-received this year.”

For photos of the event and to stay up-to-date on announcements, follow @MaxHoops3 on Instagram and Twitter and like Max Hoops on Facebook.

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For all teams – bring proof of age & grade for all of your players with you to the tournament. This is important.

A player can participate in only two age/grade divisions and a maximum of two teams per tournament, as long as they meet the age/grade requirements for both divisions. They cannot play on two teams in the same age/grade division. If a team loses, a player cannot switch to another team still in competition.

For all divisions, all players participating in bracket play must have participated in at least one of the team’s pool games.

Age/Grade Qualifications by Division: Based on the players grade during the 2018-2019 school year.

15U / 9th Grade Division:
Players in the 9th grade can be 15 or 16 years old, but cannot turn 17 before 9/1/2019.
Players in the 10th grade who want to play down into the 9th grade division cannot turn 16 before 9/1/2019.

16U / 10th Grade Division:
Players in the 10th grade can be 16 or 17 years old, but cannot turn 18 before 9/1/2019.
Players in the 11th grade who want to play down into the 10th grade division cannot turn 17 before 9/1/2019.

17U / Varsity Divisions: The boys’ 17U – Varsity divisions are “open divisions,” where unsigned seniors with remaining high school eligibility can play. However, players cannot turn 20 before 9/1/2019. Unsigned seniors can play as long as they have not committed in writing to play for a college at any level. Unsigned prep school players are also eligible to play in The Exclusive. No player who has attended junior college or college may play in this event.

If a player is found to be in violationof the rules above after an event has started, the situation will be referred to the Tournament Director for an official ruling on the penalty to be assessed – up to and including possible expulsion from the tournament. However:

  • If any team or player violates any of the above rules, those games where the rules were violated will be deemed as a 15-0 loss. If a game has already taken place in bracket play and the above rules are broken, that team will be eliminated.
  • Any player who is associated with the breaking of the above rules will have to sit for at least one game. If a player is found to be over age, they cannot play in that age group. If they have been found to play illegally on two teams and are the correct age, they must sit at least one game and then play only on one team for the remainder of the tournament.
  • If the tournament has progressed and a team forfeits per the breaking of a rule, the tournament director will decide the progression of another team advancing.
  • A player who is ejected for fighting will be removed from the tournament.

The Tournament Director will have the final say regarding any disputes.