The 9th Annual Chick-fil-A Classic high school basketball tournament is right around the corner. The tournament will be held in Blythewood, SC, December 20-23, 2010.
Former Richland Northeast head coach Gary Fulmer is the man responsible for creating this tournament. Fulmer has put together another great field this year. Tom Hayes caught up with him on SportsTalk Thursday night to get a preview of this year’s field.
The Chick-fil-A Classic was recently ranked by Max Preps (an affiliate of CBS Sports) as the nation’s #3 high school basketball tournament. The Chick-fil-A Classic, in its ninth year, has the distinction as being the only tournament in the top 5 that is younger than 25 years old.
All games will be played at Blythewood High School located at 10901 Wilson Blvd Road in Blythewood, SC. Tickets to the event are $7 for general admission and $4 for students age 11 and under. There is no reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the gymnasium ticket booth the day of starting one hour before the first scheduled game of the day.
2010 Participating Teams
*Grace Prep Academy (Arlington, Texas) 23-9; TAPPS State Final Four; team features 3 Division I prospects including 6’11 Isaiah Austin (rated by RIVALS and SCOUTHOOPS as the nations overall No. 2 junior prospect – committed to Baylor), 6’3 Jamal Branch (rated by SCOUTHOOPS as No. 47 senior prospect – committed to Texas A&M), and 6’2 Jelon Hornbeak (rated by RIVALS as the No. 52 junior prospect).
*Penn Wood High School (Lansdowne, Pennsylvania) 27-4; Pennsylvania Class 4A State Runners-Up; return three starters and five other lettermen that played key roles including 6’5 senior Aaron Brown (committed to West Virginia), and 6’9 Shawn Oakman (committed to Penn State in Football).
*Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee) 22-4; won championship of the Great 8 tournament in Jefferson City, Missouri; return 4 starters including 6’8 Jarnell Stokes (rated by RIVALS as the No. 9 junior prospect).
*United Faith Christian Academy (Charlotte, North Carolina) 30-6; consecutive NCISAA Class 1A State Championships; team features 4 Division 1 prospects including 7’2 junior Peter Jurkin (rated by RIVALS as the No. 137 junior prospect – committed to Indiana); 6’3 senior Paris Cambell-Roberts (committed to East Carolina) and 6’0 junior point guard Braxton Ogbueze (rated by SOUTHOOPS as No. 48 junior prospect).
*Norcross High School (Norcross, Georgia) 27-3; Finished the year ranked #3 in Georgia Class 5A rankings; return 3 starters and 7 other lettermen including 6’6 senior E. Victor Nickerson (rated by RIVALS as No. 133 senior prospect).
*Benedictine High School (Richmond, Virginia) 24-9; VISBA Final Four; team returns 3 starters including Division I prospects Michael Gbinjie (rated by SCOUTHOOPS as No. 21 senior prospect – committed to Duke), 6’4 senior Trey Davis (committed to Richmond), and 5’11 senior Erik Moody.
*Rockdale County High School (Conyers, Georgia) 28-2; Conference Champions; finished year ranked as #7 Class 4A team in state; return 3 starters including Division 1 prospect Kevin Ware (rated by RIVALS as the No. 56 senior prospect – committed to Tennessee).
*W.J. Keenan High School (Columbia, South Carolina) 21-8; SC Class 2A State Champions; return 4 starters and 3 other lettermen.
*Charlotte Christian School (Charlotte, North Carolina) 29-5; NCISAA Class 3A State Semi-Runner-Up; team features Division I prospect Anthony Gill (rated by SCOUTHOOPS as No. 74 senior prospect – committed to South Carolina).
*The Rock School (Gainesville, Florida) 22-7; Florida Class 1A Regional Semi-finals; return 3 starters.
*Daniel High School (Central, South Carolina) 23-3; SC Class 3A State Champions; return 2 all-state performers in Antonio Cannon and Shaq Lawson.
*Lower Richland High School (Hopkins, South Carolina) 22-6; won or tied for region title for the seventh consecutive season; SC Class 3A Final Four.
*Norland High School (Miami, Florida) 19-8; Class 6A Regional Semi-finals; return 3 starters including 6’4 junior guard Cleon Roberts (rated by RIVALS as No. 150 junior prospect).
*Irmo High School (Columbia, South Carolina) 18-8; Co-Region Champions; return 4 starters;6’0 junior point guard Jordon Roper receiving Division I interest.
*Richland Northeast High School (Columbia, South Carolina) 15-10; made Class 4A state playoffs for 14th time in last 16 seasons; return 10 lettermen; 6’4 junior forward Travis Hammonds receiving Division 1 interest.
*Blythewood High School (Blythewood, South Carolina) 9-11; return 3 starters and 8 other lettermen; will serve as host school for this year’s Chick-fil-A Classic.
The tournament proceeds will again support the Greater Columbia Educational Advancement Foundation (GCEAF) in its efforts to raise educational scholarships for deserving students who live within the Greater Columbia area. Last year thirteen (13) $1,000 scholarships were awarded.