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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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  • NBA Draft features COP alum

    For five dozen young men, dreams came true Wednesday night at the annual NBA Draft. Those basketball players are now part of an exclusive group and are among the best players in the world. Many of those chosen splashed onto the national scene right here in Fort Myers at the Culligan City of Palms Classic, […]

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  • Ball is Life Preseason Top 20 features an abundance of City of Palms Classic teams

    High school gyms across the country have begun to ring out with the sounds of basketballs bouncing. As football season winds down, hoops hysteria is picking up, and that means teams across the country will soon be vying to see who is the best. Ball is Life recently released their Preseason Top 20 and many […]

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  • Despite no City of Palms Classic this year, SWFL still bringing great basketball to the region

    Hoops fans needn’t worry that the Culligan City of Palms Classic has been cancelled for 2020. Great basketball action is still on its way to Southwest Florida and the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. The Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic is coming to town this week for a two-day feast with some of college basketball’s elite teams. […]

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  • NBA Draft brings hope to many COP alum

    With the NBA championship trophy back in Lakerland, the rest of the league is making plans on how to topple the kings, and that includes making the right picks in November’s draft. With the draft pushed back five months from its original June date, many players have been working out to get ready for November’s […]

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  • Lakers take home record-tying 17th title in topsy-turvy season

      As a record-setting season came to a close for the NBA, the king once again regained his crown. LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers took home the NBA title earlier this month for a record-tying 17th time, bringing an end to the longest NBA season in history. The preseason began one year ago, […]

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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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