Category: News

  • HISTORY: In Love with the rebound

    Kevin Love is probably most known for his role in bringing the city of Cleveland its first NBA title when the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors for the championship in seven games in 2016. Love also has a significant entry in the Culligan City of Palms Classic […]

  • New food for thought

    A new food vendor will be providing delicious choices during the Culligan City of Palms Basketball Classic at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College.   Little Joe’s Special Events Services, based in Cape Coral, will be the host chefs for the entire six-day tournament from Dec. 18-23.   Little […]

  • $10,000 shots to glory

    Iberia Bank has decided to bring a big time contest to the Culligan City of Palms Classic. Basketball fans will have a chance to pick up an easy $10,000 in cash. All one has to do is make 4 simple shots. Easy right? One more thing: The shooters have to do it in 24 seconds. […]

  • Underdogs Assemble!

    With the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country set to play in the Culligan City of Palms Classic, the nation’s top high school basketball tournament, the easy prediction would be the two powerhouses will clash in the title game and the other 10 teams in the Traditional Bracket might as well step […]

  • Hugh Thimlar

    Hugh Thimlar was a legend, humanitarian and leader in social change. He loved basketball, was a teacher of men and a Hall of Fame coach. It’s only fitting that this man who created the City of Palms basketball tournament will be honored in a special way with a game named for him at this year’s […]

  • Guess the Team Winners

    Two big shout outs to the winners of guess the team contest for the Culligan City of Palms Classic.   Cobe Grandstaff, a senior at Family Christian Academy in Orlando, and Prestyn McCarty focused in on the clues and guessed two of the teams in the field. They both win two reserved seat tickets to […]

  • Early Christmas: Teams revealed for Culligan City of Palms Classic

    There are few bigger pre-holiday presents for basketball fans than pulling the bow off another star-studded field for the 47th annual Culligan City of Palms Classic high school basketball tournament. The 2019 teams were revealed Wednesday and it’s quite a present for fans, headlined by IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), the […]

  • September 2019 Hoop History

    Just being invited to participate in the City of Palms Classic high school basketball tournament is an achievement for any high school basketball team. But can you imagine winning it? Can you imagine winning it five times?   Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers is the only team who can claim that honor. Granted […]

  • Montverde or IMG? Who Will Reign Supreme?

    Monteverde and Bradenton IMG Academy are basketball powerhouses in the high school world. The Florida teams have big-time players with bright NBA futures. They are two of the reasons thousands will be in attendance when the Culligan City of Palms Classic begins Dec. 18 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida Southwestern […]

  • Transfers

    The “back” in “back to school” doesn’t apply to many top-flight high school basketball players. They’re off to new schools instead, taking advantage of a transfer system that essentially allows free movement throughout the country.   The result for teams often resembles what happens in the pros. One school’s homegrown talent becomes another’s instant upgrade. […]