THE 2014 COVENTRY HEALTH TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THEIR EXCITING FIELD FOR THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL THANKSGIVING EXTRAVAGANZA AT WASHINGTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL!
CITY OF WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL (CoW)
Proviso East has never lost a game in the City of Washington Invitational and are currently 8-0 in ToC games- going into this year’s event. The Pirates will return All-ToC performer Kalin Fisher as they prepare to meet the challenges of a tough slate of Illinois and National competition. The Washington Panthers have won three CoW championships and will look to make it 4 in 2014, with 7 returning lettermen. O’Fallon returns 4 starters from last season’s squad that included 6’6” Sr. Donovan Franklin, who was an All-ToC performer in last season’s event. Champaign Central also returns to the CoW and will join fellow Illinois squad- Chicago Kenwood Academy in this year’s event. Kenwood Academy will feature 3 big time Division I talents in 6’6” Jr. Nick Robinson, 6’3” Jr. Zion Morgan and 6’8” So. Manny Patterson.
Also joining the CoW field, for 2014, will be three National High Schools: Montgomery Carver, AL; Houston James Madison, TX and St. Louis Madison College Prep, MO. The Carver Wolverines return to the ToC after a 2nd place finish in 2011 when they were defeated in the finals by Proviso East. A Carver/Proviso East rematch is slated for Friday, November 28th!
The Wolverines return 3 DI starters- 6’5” Sr. Brandon Austin (Alabama), 6’9” Sr. Joseph Strugg (Mississippi State) and 6’11” Sr. Dominique Mitchell. The Marlins of Houston James Madison returns their top 3 players, including their nationally ranked big man- 6’10” Sr. Chris Harris. Head Coach Tony Irons will prepare his Madison College Prep Bears for their first appearance in the CoW, as they are led by a pair of Super Sophs: 6’8” Levi Stockard and 5’11” Daniel Farris.
TEAM WORKS NATIONAL CLASSIC The Team Works National Classic continues to bring in quality teams and super talented performers- and this year is no different!
The Potter’s House Christian, FL Lions are loaded with High Major DI talent! 6’11” Jr. Udoka Azubuike is rated as one of the “Top 5” players in the nation’s 2016 class, and his teammate 6’3” Jr. Tyree Crump is rated as one of the elite shooting guards in the 2016 class. Cape Henry Collegiate, VA Dolphins returns 4 starters from last season’s 26-1 squad that was powered by 6’6” Sr. Chris Clarke and 6’2” Sr. Marcus Evans. Clarke is one of the most athletic players in the nation and is a “Top 30” talent in the 2015 national class.
The Westtown School, PA Moose will be vying for a Team Works title with 3 amazing hoopsters: 6’3” Jr. Jair Bolden, 6’9” So. Mohammed Bamba and 6’6” So. Najja Hunter. The final team in the Team Works National Classic will be the St. Louis Christian Academy Cougars, who will feature two future DI wings- 6’7” Sr. Anthony Pratt and 6’5” Sr. Nate Bethel.
The Team Works National Classic is loaded with over 20 future DI players!
UFTRING AUTO GROUP INVITATIONAL The Uftring Auto Group Invitational is a small school event which will feature top small schools from 3 states. The two top seeds in this year’s Uftring Event will be Manitowoc Roncalli, WI and Campti Lakeview, LA. Roncalli Head Coach Joe Rux will provide a squad of dead-eye shooters, while Lakeview features a team of high-flying rim rattlers! 6’3” Sr. Tay Hardy of Lakeview is an acrobatic scorer that knows how to fill it up from anywhere on the court.
Four Illinois teams will attempt to stop these two national squads for the Uftring crown. The Hillsboro Hilltoppers will showcase the best big man in the Uftring Event with 6’9” Sr. Dylan Miller. The Knoxville Blue Bullets will feature one of the top small school players in Illinois with 6’3” Jr. Tyler Houston. Chicago Raby also has a super talented junior in 6’7” Terrell Phipps and the Chillicothe IVC Grey Ghosts’ have a smooth shooting floor leader in 6’1” Sr. Mason Schaub.
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ILLINOIS SHOOTOUT SERIES The Children’s Hospital of Illinois Shootout Series has a smaller field than normal- but it is power packed in 2014! Three big-time Hoopsters will be performing in this year’s shootout series.
In Game #1- Peoria Notre Dame will tangle with Neenah, Wisconsin. Notre Dame returns one of the top players from the Peoria Area- 6’6” Sr. Peter Hanley. The Irish went deep into the playoffs last season, but they will have their work cut out for them in this year’s ToC when they challenge the Neenah Rockets. The Rockets are led by one of the top Centers in America- 6’11” Sr. Matt Heldt, who has already committed to Marquette University.
In Game #2- Decatur St. Teresa will challenge one of the top small school teams in the U.S.- Gary Bowman Academy, Indiana. The Bulldogs boast one of the top players in Illinois in 6’6” Sr. Christian Williams. Bowman Academy will look to neutralize Williams with their own super wingman- 6’5” Sr. Davon Dillard. The Eagles will be rated as one of the top 2A teams in Indiana.
2014 NBA DRAFT As predicted in 2011----- Former ToC All-Star Andrew Wiggins was selected as the #1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Two other former ToC All-Stars were also selected in the 2014 NBA Draft- Nick Johnson (2010) was taken by the Houston Rockets and Dwight Powell (2009) was selected by the Charlotte Hornets, but was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.