Category: Newsletter

  • 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 […]

  • Classic could be immediate next step to the pros

    As the pathway to the pros continues to change, the Culligan City of Palms Classic, ranked the No. 1 basketball tournament in the U.S., is close to becoming the immediate next step to the NBA for many alums.   The future of the NCAA’s “One and Done” rule remains tenuous at best. Without the rule, […]

  • Alum Ayton makes NBA 2K finals

    Several COP alums took their games virtual and participated in the NBA 2K tourney on Xbox One recently.   DeAndre Ayton, who played in the 2016 Classic for Phoenix Hillcrest and the 2014 tournament with Balboa (Calif.) City School, reached the final where he was swept by Suns teammate Devin Booker in the best-of-three event. […]

  • Past Classic teams, players earn MaxPreps all-decade honors

    How special was the powerhouse Montverde Academy team, which won the City of Palms Classic last year and finished 25-0? MaxPreps believes the Eagles were the best team of the past decade.   And two stunning plays by Lonzo Ball and Ben Simmons during the Classic made the Top 10 Most Memorable High School Basketball […]

  • Former Classic Stars Giving Back

    Former Classic stars giving back   They are part of the history of the Culligan City of Palms Classic, but now former tournament stars are rising up and opening their hearts for their communities during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. Many of the Classic’s biggest names are giving back with substantial donations or through powerful words.  […]

  • History: Walton goes from Classic star to NBA champ, coach

    History: Walton goes from Classic star to NBA champ, coach There was a time when Luke Walton was showing off his basketball skills in front of fans at the City of Palms Classic, and coaching NBA superstars, like LeBron James, was only a dream. Walton, who is currently coach of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, played […]

  • Montverde Finishes No. 1 in Final MaxPreps Poll

    Montverde finishes No. 1 in final MaxPreps poll They never had a chance to play for a national championship this year and many didn’t even get the opportunity to jump it up for a state title because of the virus, but six teams playing in the 2019 Culligan City of Palms Classic were recognized in […]

  • 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 […]