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  • 2018 teams: How they fared

    The 16-team Culligan City of Palms Classic main bracket, fiour-team Small Town Signature Series and four other showcase games produced a whopping 11 schools who played for a state championship (eight of whom wound up hoisting the first-place trophies) and three more in the season-ending GEICO Nationals: – GEICO NATIONALS IMG Academy (29-1): Wire-to-wire, 66-55 […]

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  • Hoops History: 1989 City of Palms Classic Championship game goes into triple overtime

    The NCAA Tournament final went to overtime this year, giving fans five extra minutes of college basketball before Virginia finished off Texas Tech. But as overtime finals of championship games go, the game hardly came close to the triple overtime thriller at the 1989 Culligan City of Palms Classic. Fans gathered at Fort Myers High […]

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  • McEachern’s Sharife Cooper wins the USA Today All-USA Boys Basketball Player of the Year

    The USA Today All-USA Boys Basketball Player of the Year won’t be attending college next year. Instead, he’ll be back in high school, because the award winner is junior Sharife Cooper of City of Palms champ McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia). The quick 6-foot point guard put up eye-popping numbers, averaging 28.6 points, 8.7 assists, six […]

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  • Cole Anthony wins McDonalds All-American MVP

    It happened again. For the third straight year and the 13th time overall, a Culligan City of Palms Classic alum has won the McDonald’s All American Boys Game MVP. This year, it was Cole Anthony of Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) coming away with the honors after his all-around performance. The son of […]

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  • IMG wins 2019 GEICO Nationals

    Villanova may not have been able to defend its NCAA title this year, but Wildcats fans have plenty of reason to be excited about next year. Wildcats commit Jeremiah Robinson-Earl was named tournament MVP after leading IMG Academy (Bradenton) to the GEICO Nationals championship on April 6. The 6-foot-9 power forward helped IMG do what […]

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  • 2019 GEICO Nationals appears very similar to 2018 City of Palms field

    The field for this year’s GEICO High School Nationals looks a lot like a Culligan City of Palms Classic draw. Seven of the eight schools headed to the de facto national championship event have played in the City of Palms at some point, and four of them were at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena just […]

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  • City of Palms alumni take over Naismith team selections.

    Naismith COP Players: First team Cole Anthony, Oak Hill Academy | Mouth of Wilson, Va James Wiseman, Memphis East | Memphis, Tn Vernon Carey Jr., University School | Fort Lauderdale, Fl Second Team Sharife Cooper, McEachern | Powder Springs, Ga Josh Green, IMG Academy | Bradenton , Fl Third Team Scottie Lewis, Ranney | Tinton Falls, […]

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  • Hoops History: The first McDonald’s All-American – Stacey Poole Sr.

    The Culligan City of Palms Classic has its fingerprints all over the McDonald’s All American Boys Game, as usual. The nation’s No. 1 high school basketball tournament placed 10 alumni in this year’s McDonald’s game, set for March 27, and a record 11 in last year’s, when Nassir Little became the ninth player who appeared […]

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  • City of Palms alumni takes home NBA dunk championship

    We saw a glimpse of future slam dunk royalty. Hamidou Diallo’s rim-rattling performance during his games at the 2016 Culligan City of Palms Classic foreshadowed his acrobatics at the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. The Oklahoma City Thunder rookie dazzled the crowd as well as the judges, who named […]

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  • 2019 Jordan Brand Classic features eight City of Palms Alumni

    Full Roster: James Wiseman, Memphis East | Memphis, Tn Cole Anthony, Oak Hill Academy | Mouth of Wilson, Va Vernon Carey, University School | Fort Lauderdale, Fl Armando Bacot, IMG Academy | Bradenton, Fl C.J. Walker, Orlando Oak Ridge | Orlando, Fl D.J. Jeffries, Olive Branch | Olive Branch, Miss Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook | Mountain […]

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