Superstars Basketball, a nationwide youth hoop organization, is coming for the first time to Payson.
It arrives April 28 and 29 in the form of the inaugural Rim Country Roundup tournament that will serve as a qualifier for the Superstars National Championships July 6 to 9 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The local tournament will feature varsity, junior varsity and eighth-grade brackets.
Payson does not have an eighth-grade team entered, but has squads in the JV and varsity pools.
Club teams representing Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Yuma, Oak Creek and Globe are also entered in the fray that will be contested in Wilson dome and the old Payson High School gymnasium.
On opening day, hour-long games will be played from 6 to 9 p.m. in both facilities.
On the second day, games begin at 9 a.m. and continue until the eighth grade championship at 9 p.m.
Joe LaSalandra, who was the PHS freshman boys coach last season, helped attract Superstars Basketball to Payson and will coach the local junior varsity entry in the tournament.
LaSalandra said the qualifying tournament will serve as a fund-raiser for the local club and high school basketball programs and will provide an opportunity for local athletes to play in the off season.
Mike Addington is slated to coach the varsity Payson team.
Varsity plays opening day at 6 p.m. The second day the varsity team has games at 10 a.m. and noon. All three games are in the dome.
If the local squad wins its pool, it will advance to the tournament championship at 8 p.m.
The Payson junior varsity team plays opening day at 9 p.m. in the dome.
On the second day, Payson plays at 9 a.m. in the gym and at 2 p.m. in the dome.
The JV championship is at 7 p.m.
At the tournament, fans can enjoy more than just basketball. Tonto Apache Tribe member Kathy Hinton will host a concession stand, selling fry bread tacos.
The concession stand will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
All proceeds from the concessions benefit the basketball program.
The admission to the tournament is $3 for adults and $1 for children.
For more information, go to: http://www.superstarsbasketball.com/