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  • Hoop History – LaMelo Ball takes the stage

    The Ball Brothers: A name that has become well-known the past couple of years in hoops circles around the world could become even more popular come NBA draft day in about two months. That’s when the youngest of the Balls, LaMelo, is expected to be one of the top three picks, like his brother Lonzo […]

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  • City of Palms alum taking part in social justice reform

    As social justice issues continue to make headlines across the country some former City of Palms players, currently in the NBA, are making statements by putting their names to many of the calls for reform.    One of them, Boston Celtics guard Jayson Tatum, wowed fans at the City of Palms back in 2015 with […]

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  • Tournament moves forward as new teams are added to the lineup

    With the ever present COVID-19 causing a new norm across the country, many high schools are putting regulations into place regarding their athletic teams in 2020-2021. Such is the case for several of the teams slated to take part in this year’s Culligan City of Palms Classic. Due to the new protocols, some of the […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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