The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the schedule today for its 10th Annual Hoophall Classic, to be held at Springfield College's Blake Arena from January 14-17, 2011 (Martin Luther King Day weekend).
Annually chock-full of the nation's premier high school talent, past Hoophall alumni include Kevin Durant, O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless, DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors, Xavier Henry and Lance Stephenson. 2010's Classic featured high-major talents Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger, Tobias Harris, Cory Joseph, Brandon Knight and Austin Rivers.
Forty-seven teams from 17 different states as far away as California and Nevada are represented in this upcoming classic, among them nearly two dozen ESPNU100 talents including Michael Gilchrist, Quincy Miller, Myck Kabongo, LeBryan Nash, Andre Drummond, Shabazz Muhammad and DaJuan Coleman.
Locally, there will be several key games to look for, particularly on Monday morning when Notre Dame-bound Pat Connaughton leads St. John's Prep against Perspectives, the Chicago-based charter school that features Kentucky commit Anthony Davis.
The schedule is currently as follows:
Friday, Jan. 14
Springfield Central vs. East Longmeadow, 3
Sabis International vs. Frontier Regional, 4:30
Murry Bergtraum (N.Y.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.), 6
Friday, Jan. 14
Belchertown vs. Hoosac Valley, 7:30
Sabis vs. Taconic, 9
Saturday, Jan. 15
West Springfield vs. East Hartford (Conn.), 11 a.m.
Hillhouse (Conn.) vs. New London (Conn.), 12:30
Mount Vernon (N.Y.) vs. Taft (Calif.), 2
St. Anthony (N.J.) vs. DeMatha Catholic (Md.), 4
Morgan Park (Ill.) vs. Seattle Garfield (Wash.), 5:45
Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Milton (Ga.), 8
Chicopee vs. Columbia (Ala.), 9:30
Sunday, Jan. 16
St. Mark's vs. Life Center Academy (N.J.), 11 a.m.
St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Hargrave Military (Va.), 12:30
St. Andrew's (R.I.) v. Findlay Prep (Nev.), 2
Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) vs. Webster Groves (Mo.), 4:30
Springfield Central vs. Newton North, 6
Sabis International vs. New Mission, 7:30
Skills Challenge, 9
Monday, Jan. 17
St. John's Prep vs. Perspectives (Ill.), 9 a.m.
Christ the King (N.Y.) vs. Westchester Country Day (N.C.), 11 a.m.
St. Patrick (N.J.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.), 1
Dallas Lincoln (Texas) vs. Findlay Prep (Nev.), 3
Academy of the New Church (Pa.) vs. Boys and Girls (N.Y.), 5
East Longmeadow vs. Northampton, 7