Allstate Sugar Bowl To Host National Prep Basketball Classic


Allstate Sugar Bowl To Host National Prep Basketball Classic park

NEW ORLEANS – The Allstate Sugar Bowl announced its sponsorship of the inaugural National Prep Classic boys' basketball tournament on Tuesday afternoon at the Louisiana Superdome.

The National Prep Classic is a three-day event featuring 16 national-caliber high school boys' programs. The tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6 to Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Ponchartrain Center, Country Day and Rummel. The Championship game will be played at the Ponchartrain Center on Saturday night. Ten Louisiana high schools and six schools from out-of-state will compete in the event. Each team is guaranteed four games.

"This is an excellent event for the Sugar Bowl's repertoire; it meshes perfectly with our mission, which is to sponsor and promote amateur sports as well as foster revenue and spark economic growth in the region," said Allstate Sugar Bowl President David Melius. "We are thrilled with the field that will be participating, with multiple state champions and teams from six different states."

Louisiana Participants:
Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
Brother Martin (New Orleans)
Country Day (Metairie)
East St. John (Reserve)
John Ehret (Marrero)
McDonogh 35 (New Orleans)
Peabody (Alexandria)
Riverside Academy (Reserve)
St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond)
Salmen (Slidell)

Out-of-State Participants:
Kimball (Dallas, Texas)
Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Provine (Jackson, Miss.)
Westchester (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.)
University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Archbishop Rummel High School Raiders (Metairie, La.)
Coach Troy Holley
2009-10 Overall Record: 17-17 (District 10-5A)
The Raiders are returning everyone from last year's team including two all district players, senior guard Casey Wade and sophomore guard Damien Williams. Williams is also the quarterback for the football team and led them to the state championship game last year as a freshman.

Brother Martin High School Crusaders
(New Orleans, La.)
Coach Scott Thompson
2009-10 Overall Record: 29-9 (Louisiana Class 5A State Champions)
The ninth-seeded Crusaders upset top-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals and went on to win the state title with a comeback victory over No. 2 Scotlandville.

Country Day School Cajuns (Metairie, La.)
Coach Mike McGuire
2009-10 Overall Record: 34-4 (Louisiana Class 1A State Runners-up)
Country Day has made four straight appearances in the Division 1A state championship game and has sent a player to the Division I ranks in each of the last three years (Matt Derenbecker and Eddie Ludwig to LSU in 2010 and 2009, respectively, and Jon Anderson to Tulane in 2007). Country Day boasts a combined record of 72-13 over the last two years. They have not lost a division game in the past seven years.

East St. John High School Wildcats (Reserve, La.)
Coach Yussef Jasmine, 2009-10 District 6-5A Coach of the Year
2009-10 Overall Record: 15-15 (District 6-5A)
Jasmine, preparing for his fourth season, led the Wildcats to their first outright district championship in 2009 and earned District Coach of the Year honors. Nine players return from last year's squad.

John Ehret High School Patriots (Marrero, La.)
Coach Allen Collins
2009-10 Overall Record 24-7 (District 9-5A Champions)

McDonogh 35 High School Roneagles (New Orleans, La.)
Coach Kevin Sanders (right)
2009-10 Overall Record: 17-11 (District 10-4A)

Peabody High School Warhorses (Alexandria, La.)
Coach Charles Smith, 2009-10 State Class 4A Coach of the Year
2009-10 Overall Record: 39-0 (Louisiana Class 4A State Champions)
Peabody posted an undefeated season to claim the school's sixth Class 4A state championship. The Warhorses graduated the state's Mr. Basketball (Markel Brown, now at Oklahoma State) but still have Troy Jones, an all-district first team selection.

Riverside Academy Rebels (Reserve, La.)
Coach Tim Byrd
2009-10 Overall Record: 38-6 (Louisiana Class 2A State Champions)
Byrd, who has won eight Louisiana state championships in 12 years as a head coach, has another star player in 6-7 junior Ricardo Gathers, who has been the MVP of the state tournament two years in a row.

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Falcons (Hammond, La.)
Coach Errol Gauff
2009-10 Overall Record: 30-7 (District 8-2A Champions)
Errol Gauff led his teams to back-to-back 2A State Championships in 2007 and 2008, a semi-final appearance in the 2009 tournament, and a regional round playoff appearance in 2010. The Falcons have won 30 or more games in each of the last six seasons. STA is led by 6-0 senior guard Zay Jackson, who averaged 18.9 points and earned Class 2A First-Team All-State recognition.

Salmen High School Spartans (Slidell, La.)
Coach Jesse Carlin
2009-10 Overall Record: 24-7 (District 8-4A Champions)
The district champions last year, Salmen lost in the second round of the championship to Istrouma. This year's team will be led by senior T.J. Price, an all-state selection and the Metro MVP last year, who averaged 20.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assist per game.

Imhotep Charter High School Panthers (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Coach Andre Noble
2009-10 Overall Record: 26-6 (District 12 Champions)
Imhotep posted a 32-1 record in 2008-09 to capture its first Pennsylvania State Championship and followed that up with a district championship last year. The Panthers are led by a pair of Division I committed signees: 6-2 guard David Appolon and 6-5 forward Ameen Tanksley.

Justin F. Kimball High School Knights (Dallas, Texas)
Coach Royce Johnson
2009-10 Overall Record: 31-7 (Region II Finalists)
The Knights return four starters from last year's 30-win team, including two players ranked among the best in the state (Jordan Williams and Jarion Henry). Kimball coach Royce Johnson played for the school's 1990 state title team and is entering his 12th season coaching the team. Acie Law (Memphis Grizzlies) and Quinton Ross (New Jersey Nets) are alums of the program.

Provine High School Rams (Jackson, Miss.)
Coach Luther Riley
2009-10 Overall Record: 22-8
Provine finished second in its league, and went on to the finals of the Division 5A championship tournament, but fell for the second-straight year to Callaway in the final seconds of the game. The Rams return four starters including three who scored in double figures: Jarvis Summers, Jarren Mallory and Roger Woods.

Sheldon High School Huskies (Sacramento, Calif.)
Coach Joey Rollings
2009-10 Overall Record: 28-6 (Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Champions)
Sheldon has been generating a lot of hype on the West Coast as the Huskies return all five starters from last year's squad which reached the CIF Northern California semifinals. Leading the way is three-time high school All-American Darius Nelson (6-6, 245) and two-time all-stater Ramon Eaton (6-9, 190).

University School Suns (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Coach Andre Torres
2009-10 Overall Record: 24-7 (Class 3A-District 15 Champions)
The Suns are coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history.  A Class 3A Regional Finalist, they finished the season ranked No. 3 in arguably the most competitive classification in the state. The Suns are eager to build upon recent successes.

Westchester High School Comets (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Coach Ed Azzam
2009-10 Overall Record: 32-3 (California Division I State Champions)
The Comets won their sixth state title in 2010 and were debated as possibly being the greatest Westchester team in history, perhaps surpassing the 2001-02 squad which featured three future NBA players (Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown and Hassan Adams). Azzam has won 677 games in 31 seasons.