National Prep Basketball Classic
January 2, 2018 - January 6, 2018
The eighth annual National Prep Basketball Classic will be played January 2-6, 2018 at the at the Alario Center in Westwego, La.
The event crowned three new champions in 2017 as Scotlandville won the boy’s championship and Destrehan and Houma Christian captured girls’ championships.
The sensational Ja’Vonte Smart scored 40 points, including 25 in the second half, to lead Scotlandville, from Baton Rouge, to a 66-63 win over Christian Life Center Academy of Kingwood, Texas, for the boys’ championship. Smart was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Two-time Louisiana Player of the Year Cara Ursin (who would add a third state Player of the Year honor for 2016-17) posted a dominant second-half, scoring 20 of her 27 points to lead Destrehan to a 68-61 victory over John Curtis in the Girls’ Platinum Bracket title game. Ursin, who was named the Platinum MVP, had three 27 point-games and one 29-point effort in the tourney.
In the girls’ Gold Bracket, Houma Christian captured the championship with a 54-36 victory over South Lafourche. Dionjhae “Dee” Thomas earned Gold Tournament MVP honors after tallying 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in the championship game victory for Houmas Christian.