Category: News

  • Hoop History – LaMelo Ball takes the stage

    The Ball Brothers: A name that has become well-known the past couple of years in hoops circles around the world could become even more popular come NBA draft day in about two months. That’s when the youngest of the Balls, LaMelo, is expected to be one of the top three picks, like his brother Lonzo […]

  • City of Palms alum taking part in social justice reform

    As social justice issues continue to make headlines across the country some former City of Palms players, currently in the NBA, are making statements by putting their names to many of the calls for reform.    One of them, Boston Celtics guard Jayson Tatum, wowed fans at the City of Palms back in 2015 with […]

  • Tournament moves forward as new teams are added to the lineup

    With the ever present COVID-19 causing a new norm across the country, many high schools are putting regulations into place regarding their athletic teams in 2020-2021. Such is the case for several of the teams slated to take part in this year’s Culligan City of Palms Classic. Due to the new protocols, some of the […]

  • Montverde on brink of matching history

    Montverde is seeking to become only the second team to win five Classic titles, matching the feat first established by Cypress Lake High School. Besides last year, Montverde also won in 2016, plus back-to-back crowns in 2012 and 2013. Those consecutive titles were the first for any teams since the Classic expanded to a 16-team […]

  • Classic matchups ahead for 48 th City of Palms Classic

    Another high school basketball classic is shaping up for the 48th Culligan City of Palms Classic as powerhouse Montverde, the nation’s top team from a year ago, returns to defend its Dec. 18-23 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.   Montverede, ranked No. 1 in the country last […]

  • Top players to showcase their skills

    As always, the player talent pool for this year’s Classic is off the charts with 7 top 40 seniors, 6 top 10 junior and 3 top 20 sophomores ranked among ESPN’s Top 100 of the top high school players in the country in the field, along with other stars ranked in other polls.   Leading […]

  • Hoop History | Al Harrington

    The first City of Palms Classic alum to win the USA TODAY National Player of the Year award was Al Harrington in 1998. Going right from St. Patrick High School to the NBA, Harrington was the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers, Harrington was the mega-journeyman, playing for seven […]

  • NBA Suspended???

    The NBA also has suspended its season until further notice. After Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, the NBA suspended its season after the March 11 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder-Jazz game was never played – even though players were on the court practicing – and with fans in the stands […]

  • March Madness Turns to Sadness

    Most of us get pumped up when college basketball’s most exciting time of the year – March Madness – rolls onto the court and featuring many players who participated in the City of Palms Classic. This month, however, all those maddening dunks, buzzer beaters, Cinderella stories will go silent for most fans as a result […]

  • Montverde Can’t Be Stopped

    There is no denying it, this team is a juggernaut. They’ve been sweeping teams aside and making a case for themselves as possibly the best ever. We bet they could go toe to toe with some D1 college teams out there; wouldn’t mind seeing that! The Eagles took the City of Palms Classic with relative […]