Top 15 HS hoops events you must be at this basketball season

Top 15 HS hoops events you must be at this basketball season


Top 15 HS hoops events you must be at this basketball season

Jan 18, 2016 -- Springfield, MA, U.S.A -- Sierra Canyon Marvin Bagley on the sideline as they take on the Montverde in the first half of the Spalding Hoophall Classic at Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass. -- Photo by David Butler II-USA Today Sports Images ORG XMIT: US 134344 Spalding Hoophal 1/17/2016 [Via MerlinFTP Drop]

No. 1 junior Marvin Bagley will be featured at several elite events this season. (Photo: David Butler II, USA Today Sports Images)

From duking it out in Atlanta after Thanksgiving to a December showdown in the desert to ushering in a new year at the beach, we’ve scoured the globe to zero in on the top 15 hoops events you definitely want to get to this high school basketball season.

Here’s the list in chronological order.

1. Thanksgiving Hoopfest (Duncanville, Texas), Nov. 25-26

Key Teams: Norman North (Norman, Okla.), Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.).

2. Holiday Hoopsgiving (Atlanta), Nov. 25-26

Key Teams: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), Pebblebrook (Mableton, Ga.), Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.).

3. Marshall County Hoopfest (Benton, Ky.), Dec. 1-3

Key Teams: Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix).

4. Tarkanian Classic (Las Vegas), Dec. 15-20

Key Teams: Chino Hills (Chino Hills, Calif.), Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.), Athlete Institute (Canada), Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), Centennial (Las Vegas).

5. City of Palms Classic (Fort Myers, Fla.), Dec. 16-21

Key Teams: Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix), Pace Academy (Atlanta), Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), St. Anthony Catholic (San Antonio, Texas), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Westtown School (West Chester, Penn.), Putnam Science (Putnam, Conn.).

6. Chick-fil-A Classic (Columbia, S.C.), Dec. 20-23

Key Teams: Spartanburg Day School (Spartanburg, S.C.), La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), Gray Collegiate School (Columbia, S.C.), Oldsmar Christian (Oldsmar, Fla.), Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

7. John Wall Holiday Invitational (Raleigh, N.C.), Dec. 27-30

Key Teams: Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix), Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

8. Les Schwab Invitational (Hillsboro, Ore.), Dec. 27-30

Key Teams: Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), Nathan Hale (Seattle, Wash.), Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.).

9. Cancer Research Classic (Wheeling, W.Va.), Jan. 6-7, 2017

Key Teams: La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.).

10. Spalding Hoophall Classic (Springfield, Mass.), Jan. 12-16, 2017

Key Teams: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), Pace Academy (Atlanta), Westtown School (West Chester, Penn.), Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

11. Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions (Springfield, Mo.), Jan. 12-14, 2017
Key Teams:
Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Greenforest (Decatur, Ga.), East (Memphis, Tenn.), Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.).

12. Flyin’ to the Hoop (Kettering, Ohio), Jan. 13-17, 2017

Key Teams: Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), Gray Collegiate (Columbia, S.C.), Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

13. National Hoopfest (Tampa, Fla.), Jan. 20-21, 2017
Key Teams: Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.), IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.).

14. Metro Classic (Union, N.J.), Feb. 10-11, 2017
Key Teams: Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), St. Benedict’s (Newark, N.J.), St. Anthony’s (Jersey City, N.J.), Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.).

15. DICK’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals (New York, N.Y.), April 2017

Key Teams: TBD

Top eight high school basketball teams compete for the national title.


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