It’s 12 days until one of the nation’s biggest and brightest basketball tournaments tips off — the 120-team MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. — and we give to you 12 states that each play a different style of hoop.
Sunnyslope sharpshooter Michael Humphrey is
the top rated player out of Arizona at the 2013
MaxPreps Holiday Classic.
The 12 states represented in the tournament are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
If this doesn’t extend the tournament’s scope far enough, there are teams too from Australia and Canada.
The 11-division coed tournament runs Dec. 26-30 with newly-opened and lavish Rancho Mirage (Calif.) serving as the event’s focal point.
“Without question, we are hosting the largest and most competitive multi-leveled high school basketball tournament in the United States this year,” tournament co-director Wayne Merino said. “We have put together the most competitive tournament in the 11-year history of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.”
The divergence of states is displayed most in the highlighted 24-team Invitational Division, which
boasts 15 programs that won 20 games or more in 2012-13. Championship
contenders from Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, Missouri, Utah and Washington will join a strong contingent of in-state
squads, that includes defending champion Westchester (Los Angeles).
That division will all be played at Rancho Mirage, which the school’s head coach and and tournament co-direction Rob Hanmer said: “Rancho Mirage is a beautiful new facility and perfect
setting to host a high-level basketball tournament like the MaxPreps