The 26th annual Under Armour Holiday Classic begins a new chapter this year with a Showcase Division so the National Division no longer has all of the top teams in the tournament but the National Division bracket is not much of a step down.
Seven teams are participating in the inaugural Showcase Division at the Under Armour Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines. With more top players moving to prep schools the tournament is changing with the times.
More than 200 local student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) at the San Diego Hall of Champions yesterday.
Torrey Pines continues to win more section titles than any other schools in the CIF-San Diego section as the Falcons raised the trophy seven times during the 2014-15 year.
The Senior All-Star game sponsored by the San Diego County Coaches Association was held on Friday, April 17 at Horizon. The North team won 128-94 over the South team setting an All-Star game record for most points scored.
The annual San Diego prep hoop summit that is the CIF-San Diego Section championships took place over the weekend and there were some amazing moments throughout the weekend at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Day four at Torrey Pines crowned the National Division champion, Fairfax of Los Angeles and saw two local teams battle. While Torrey Pines proved they belonged in the National Division.
Day three at Torrey Pines included some monster dunks and an ugly incident in the final game of the night when part of the near capacity crowd had already left for the night.
Day two at Torrey Pines included some big-time dunks, overtime and an American Division quarterfinal game.
Day one was full of intrigue and plays of note as the 25th annual Under Armour Holiday Classic began with the National Division at Torrey Pines.
With 72 hours until the Holiday Classic begins here are the rest of the team previews for the National Division to be played at Torrey Pines.
The youthful Sea Hawks of Redondo Union lost two D1 players to graduation but in steps 6-9 sophomore Billy Preston ’17 who creates instant credibility for the team. 6-9 Billy Preston, who has offers from Arizona St, Fresno St, and Oregon is long, can handle the ball and pass like a point guard.
The Lions of Fairfax will always be a tough out as long as coach Harvey Kitani paces the sidelines but this year he has a team that fills out the jerseys very well.
Centennial has become a grid-hoop powerhouse in Southern California having reached the state title game in both sports. This year the Huskies are a top five preseason team in California thanks to a strong starting five.
Loyola fell short of their state title goal last year and the Cubs lost four D1 players to graduation but the cupboard is not bare at the downtown Los Angeles campus.
The Patrick School is very young but very big this year as they return to Torrey Pines after a fifth place finish last year and winning the National Division in 2009 under the name St. Patrick.
Deion Sanders co-founded Prime Prep Academy, a Dallas based charter school in 2012, with the intent of giving student athletes access to top-notch athletic training and teams. Since day one Prime Prep has had prime athletes suit up for the school and this year is no different.
The Orange Wave of Jefferson feature the big three of Shamorie Ponds, Jaquan McKennon and Davere Creighton. McKennon and Creighton joined the team this year with the singular goal of winning the Public Schools Athletics League (PSAL) city title.
Bellevue athletics is not the gold standard for Seattle or the Great Northwest but for the nation as the Wolverines excel at many of the sports they field at the national or regional level.
Coming into this semifinal game Hoover had never reached any championship game in school history, since 1930 (85 years of football). The Cardinals had only reached the semifinals twice before in 1963 and 2000.