A last-second NCAA ruling means that 20 high school teams that were originally scheduled to play at Duke University’s historic Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., for the “Clash at Cameron” will instead head to Fayetteville, N.C., to play in the “Clash in Carolina" at Crown Arena Friday.
Saturday's slate of games was canceled due to the last-minute schedule shuffling.
The event was declared non-scholastic and the NCAA does not allow non-scholastic events to take place at Division I college facilities because there’s too much of a recruiting advantage.
It’s the same NCAA ruling that moved the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, a prestigious AAU tournament that’s held Memorial Day weekend, from Cameron Indoor Stadium, UNC's Dean Smith Center and N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum to high school and rec gyms.
Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) players’ disappointment was twofold; not only will they not be able to play at Duke, they also won’t be able to play against Simeon (Chicago), the No. 1 team in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) also dropped out.
"It's obviously disappointing to our guys to not be playing at Cameron,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, who got rescheduled to play Mt. Zion (Durham, N.C.) Saturday after Simeon dropped out. “This event has been circled on most of our calendars not only for playing at Duke, but playing Simeon, too. Now that neither is happening it's certainly disappointing."