Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announces Hoophall West

May 8, 2013
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the creation of Hoophall West, a major national high school basketball showcase hosted at Grand Canyon University Dec. 13 to 14 in Phoenix this coming season. The event is the west coast version of the original Springfield-based Hoophall Classic, which has featured many of the top prep teams and players over the past 12 years. Hoophall West will launch in 2013 with five major high school basketball powerhouse programs in a National Showcase and plans for a separate Arizona Showcase of local teams.

"We are extremely excited to announce our high school basketball event expansion with the inaugural Hoophall West," John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said. "We have had an extraordinary amount of success with the Hoophall Classic in Springfield and we are looking forward to bringing some of the nation's top high school programs in the country to Phoenix in December."

This past year's Hoophall Classic at Springfield College, featured all top 10 ESPN teams in the nation including a No. 1 versus No. 2 nationally televised matchup. Prominent alumni from that event include Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets) and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) among dozens of current NBA and NCAA stars. Hoophall West hopes to follow that model to celebrate the game on the other coast.

The National Teams will include Bishop Gorman (Nevada), Oak Hill Academy (Virginia), Yates (Texas), Mater Dei (California) and Orange Lutheran (California).

"This inaugural field for Hoophall West is a great mix of the nation's top high school basketball programs and elite teams from the Phoenix area," Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board and special advisor to the president of GCU, said. "Arizona has a great basketball tradition across all levels of the game and Hoophall West will not only provide an incredible platform for high school basketball in the state but draw enthusiasts from around the country to see the best the game has to offer during a special weekend."

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