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  • Underdogs Assemble!

    With the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country set to play in the Culligan City of Palms Classic, the nation’s top high school basketball tournament, the easy prediction would be the two powerhouses will clash in the title game and the other 10 teams in the Traditional Bracket might as well step […]

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  • Hugh Thimlar

    Hugh Thimlar was a legend, humanitarian and leader in social change. He loved basketball, was a teacher of men and a Hall of Fame coach. It’s only fitting that this man who created the City of Palms basketball tournament will be honored in a special way with a game named for him at this year’s […]

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  • Guess the Team Winners

    Two big shout outs to the winners of guess the team contest for the Culligan City of Palms Classic.   Cobe Grandstaff, a senior at Family Christian Academy in Orlando, and Prestyn McCarty focused in on the clues and guessed two of the teams in the field. They both win two reserved seat tickets to […]

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  • Early Christmas: Teams revealed for Culligan City of Palms Classic

    There are few bigger pre-holiday presents for basketball fans than pulling the bow off another star-studded field for the 47th annual Culligan City of Palms Classic high school basketball tournament. The 2019 teams were revealed Wednesday and it’s quite a present for fans, headlined by IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), the […]

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  • Montverde or IMG? Who Will Reign Supreme?

    Monteverde and Bradenton IMG Academy are basketball powerhouses in the high school world. The Florida teams have big-time players with bright NBA futures. They are two of the reasons thousands will be in attendance when the Culligan City of Palms Classic begins Dec. 18 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida Southwestern […]

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  • September 2019 Hoop History

    Just being invited to participate in the City of Palms Classic high school basketball tournament is an achievement for any high school basketball team. But can you imagine winning it? Can you imagine winning it five times?   Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers is the only team who can claim that honor. Granted […]

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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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