National Prep Basketball Classic
January 2, 2019 - January 5, 2019
Each January, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the National Prep Basketball Classic. The event features multiple brackets for both boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
While the event started with eight teams in 2011, it is expected to grow to more than 64 teams in 2019. The tournament will feature at least eight out of state participants.
In addition, in 2018, the tournament organizers, Friends of Prep Sports LLC, awarded four $1,500 scholarships to deserving student athletes in the tournament.
The ninth annual National Prep Basketball Classic is scheduled for January 2-5, 2019 at the at the Alario Center in Westwego, La.
Riverside Academy captured its fourth boys’ title in six years at the 2018 event John Curtis Christian School earned the Girls’ Platinum title while Lafayette Christian won the Gold Bracket and Dominican took the Silver Bracket title.
In the boys’ championship game, Riverside improved to 22-0 on the season with a 61-55 overtime victory against Karr. Jared Butler, an Alabama signee, scored a game-high 26 points, including four three-pointers, while adding six steals, five rebounds and five assists. The 6-3 guard was named the tournament MVP.
Sophomore standout Jerkalia Jenkins scored 24 points to earn MVP honors as she led Curtis to a lop-sided 57-36 victory over Kentwood (Ill.) in the girls’ platinum division. The Patriots improved to 15-1 overall with the victory. It was its third trip to the championship game, but the first victory for Curtis.