The Hoophall Classic, which ranks among the premier high school and prep basketball events in the country each year, is set to tip off at Springfield College on Thursday Jan. 12 and run through Jan. 16.
Six of the top eight teams in the country will be in attendance, highlighted by top-ranked Neal F. Simeon of Chicago, No. 2 Oak Hill Academy of Virginia, and No. 4 St. Anthony of New Jersey, which blew out
Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, led by Shabazz Muhammad, who's ranked No. 1 in the class of 2012 will also be in attendance.
ESPN plans to air seven games, as well as the skills competition, set for Sunday at 8:30.
Sunday's 4 p.m. game between Brewster Academy and the Tilton School, both of New Hampshire, which will be on ESPN, will include Nerlens Noel, the No. 2 ranked player in the class of 2013.
There's also a dose of local talent, with the Globe's No. 1 team Central Catholic scheduled to play on Thursday, and St. Mark’s and Notre Dame Prep lacing up on Sunday.
Here’s some highlights and interviews from last year’s Hoophall Classic:
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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