Category: Newsletter

  • Hoop history: Nerlens Noel

    A player who is one of 14 to earn USA TODAY National Player of the Year honors and play in the Culligan City of Palms Classic, but may not be one of the first names shouted by fans is  Nerlens Noel. The 6-foot-10 center played for Tilton (N.H.) School during the 2012 Classic. At the […]

  • Classic update

    As the country still copes with COVID-19, the 2020 Culligan City of Palms Classic is still a go for Dec. 18-23 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. The 16-team Traditional Bracket features defending champion Montverde Academy and runner-up IMG Academy. The Signature Series is also loaded with talent […]

  • Classic may be first chance for coaches to see top talent

    The Culligan City of Palms Classic Dec. 18-23 is always a preview of the next great stars in college and the NBA. But this year, the tournament takes on even more meaning for the players hoping to draw the eye and a scholarship from a top college program. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many competitive […]

  • Replaying LeBron’s career at St. Vincent-St. Mary

      One of the star team attractions in this year’s Culligan City of Palms Classic is St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. About 18 years ago, the Akron-based Catholic school skyrocketed to the top of the basketball world because of one player – LeBron James.   We thought it would be fun to look back at […]

  • 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 […]