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  • 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, […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.  […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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