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  • 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. […]

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  • August 2019 Hoop History

    Perhaps no team represented the nexus of where the Culligan City of Palms Classic began and where it is now better than the 1996-97 Miami Senior Stingarees.   The squad was a national powerhouse with future Miami Heat mainstay Udonis Haslem, an elite team befitting the pre-eminent status the Culligan City of Palms Classic has […]

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  • 2019 Peach Jam

      Youth basketball’s signature summer event once more took on the cool look of its best winter showcase. The Peach Jam is to summer basketball what the Culligan City of Palms Classic is in the winter — showtime at an elite level for the prospects most tempting to college coaches. This year’s thrilling Peach […]

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  • NBA Summer League

     A New Orleans Pelicans rookie dazzled in the NBA Summer League, but it’s not who you think. Zion Williamson only played in the first half of his debut before the team shut him down, leaving the spotlight to 17th overall pick Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The Canadian shooting guard and Culligan City of Palms Classic alum […]

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  • July Hoops History – Isaiah Austin

    Every time Isaiah Austin reached the precipice, something changed. Already a highly regarded prospect in the eighth grade, he was playing in a city championship game when the vision in his right eye went out, never to return.   Even with only one functioning eye, he regained his status as marquee basketball talent. When he […]

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  • Cam Thomas turns it on for EYBL session # 3

    Cam Thomas left little doubt about his scoring prowess when he visited the Culligan City of Palms Classic in December. But perhaps because of the competition, the overwhelming talent surrounding him with Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia), or both, his 23.3 City of Palms scoring average may be merely a conservative indication of […]

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  • Hoops History: 1989 First City of Palms Classic player makes it to the NBA

    When he went last, he became the first.   Toney Mack was the final player selected in the 1989 NBA Draft, going 54th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was also the first player who appeared at the Culligan City of Palms Classic history to be taken in the NBA Draft.   That he wound […]

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  • 2019 NBA Draft predictions

    The NBA Draft is a crapshoot. What just happened in the NBA Finals was the latest proof of that, as the Toronto Raptors managed to win the championship without a single former lottery pick on the roster.   But what is a virtual certainty about the draft is that there will be former Culligan City […]

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  • 2019 NBA draft lottery order

    The New Orleans Pelicans won NBA Draft Lottery 2019 presented by State Farm®, which was conducted at the Hilton Chicago on Tuesday. The Pelicans will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2019 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. ET at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, […]

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  • Cole Anthony wins Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP

    Just call him Mr. MVP. Cole Anthony won co-MVP at the Jordan Brand Classic last month to go along with his MVP trophies from the McDonald’s All American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit. The Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) point guard dazzled once again at the Jordan Brand Classic, scoring a game-high […]

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