Hoophall Miami Invitational loaded with elite talent

Hoophall Miami Invitational loaded with elite talent

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Hoophall Miami Invitational loaded with elite talent

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Vernon Carey Jr. will lead University School at the Hoophall Miami Invitational. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

Vernon Carey Jr. will lead University School at the Hoophall Miami Invitational. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is home to, arguably, the No. 1 underclassmen frontcourt in the country with 7-foot center Balsa Koprivicia and 6-9 forward Vernon Carey Jr. patrolling the paint.

Carey, son of the former NFL player, is ranked No. 5 overall in the ESPN 25 and Koprivicia checks in at No. 11.

The talented sophomore duo will be on display at AmericanAirlines Arena for the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Dec. 8.

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame released the schedule of five high school matchups Thursday. Games begin at 2 p.m. ET. Hoophall Miami also will host various events in the community, including a luncheon and a youth clinic.

“AmericanAirlines Arena is a world-class venue and we know these young athletes will sincerely appreciate this unique opportunity to play where the best in the game have competed,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We encourage the Miami community to come out and support these rising stars.”

Koprivicia and Carey will tangle with South Miami (Miami) point guard Zack Dawson, an Oklahoma State commit; Miami Country Day (Miami) forward Ibrahim Doumbia will lead the Spartans against Royal Palm Beach (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) and defending state champion Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), which returns most of its team, will compete against Miami Christian.

Here’s the full schedule for the Hoophall Miami Invitational.

2 p.m. – Miami Palmetto vs. Weston Sagemont School

3:40 p.m. – Miami Country Day vs. Royal Palm Beach

5:20 p.m.  – Miami Norland vs. Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy

7 p.m. – Miami Christian vs. Fort Lauderdale Dillard

8:40 p.m. – South Miami vs. Davie University School

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