The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the high school teams today for the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic. Springfield College will host the games at Blake Arena from January 16-20 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The nationally renowned event will once again showcase the top high school basketball teams from across the country. This year’s elite matchups include Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) vs. Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, TX), Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, MA) vs. Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH) and Wesleyan Christian School (High Point, NC) vs. Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV).
Numerous games from the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be televised nationally. Information on these broadcasts will be available shortly. Other legendary programs scheduled to participate include St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ), Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) and St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ), coached by 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Bob Hurley, Sr.
The 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic continues its tradition of talented players by featuring several of ESPNU’s Top 100 in the class of 2014, including top 10 standouts Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young High School/Chicago, IL), Cliff Alexander (Curie High School/Chicago, IL), Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy/Dallas, TX), Karl Towns Jr. (St. Joseph High School/Mutuchen, NJ), Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, CA) and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep/Henderson, NV). A total of 32 players out of the ESPNU Top 100 in the Class of 2014 will participate.
Among the local games of particular interest include the nightcap of the first day, which pits city rivals Springfield Putnam and Springfield Central against one another. The two schools, located less than a mile apart on Springfield's historic Roosevelt Ave., have won the last two MIAA Division 1 state championships.
On the girls' side, the state's top two returning squads will square off against national powerhouses Friday evening. Defending D1 South champ Braintree will face off against Christ The King (N.Y.), followed by defending D3 state champ Archbishop Williams against Mater Dei (Calif.).
Here is the full schedule of games for the five-day event:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
4 p.m. - Sabis vs. Granby - GIRLS
5:30 p.m. - Granby vs. Greenfield
7 p.m. - Sabis vs. West Springfield
8:30 p.m. - Springfield Central High School vs. Springfield Putnam
Friday, January 17, 2014
4:30 p.m. - Springfield Central vs. West Springfield - GIRLS
6 p.m. - Archbishop Williams vs. Mater Dei (Calif.) - GIRLS
7:30 p.m. - Braintree vs. Christ The King (N.Y.) - GIRLS
9 p.m. - Springfield Cathedral vs. Holyoke
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Noon - Springfield Putnam vs. Woodstock Academy (Conn.)
1:30 p.m. - Springfield Central vs. Albany Academy (N.Y.)
3 p.m. - Bishop O'Connell (Va.) Rainier Beach (Wash.)
4:30 p.m. - Abraham Lincoln (N.Y.) vs. Houston Yates (Texas)
6 p.m. - St. Frances Academy (Md.) vs. St. John Bosco (Calif.)
8 p.m. - *Huntington Prep (W. Va.) vs. Prime Prep Academy (Texas)
Sunday, January 19, 2014
11 a.m. - Kimball Union (N.H.) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon School
12:30 p.m. - Cushing Academy vs. Worcester Academy
2 p.m. - St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) vs. Arlington Country Day (Fla.)
3:30 p.m. - Our Savior New American (N.Y.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.)
5 p.m. - DeMatha Catholic (Md.)vs. St. Joseph (N.J.)
6:30 p.m. - Wilbraham & Monson Academy vs. Brewster Academy (N.H.)
8 p.m. - Skills Challenge
Monday, January 20, 2014
9:45 a.m. - St. Anthony (N.J.) vs. Paul VI (Va.)
11:30 a.m. - Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) vs. Findlay Prep (Nev.)
1:30 p.m. - Oak Hill Academy (Va.) vs. Whitney Young (Ill.)
3:30 p.m. - Curie (Ill.) vs. Montverde Academy (Fla.)
5:30 p.m. - Neumann-Goretti (Penn.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.)