Spalding Hoophall Classic Features Loaded Field

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the high school teams for its 9th annual Spalding Hoophall Classic, presented by Big Y World Class Markets, to be held at Springfield College's Blake Arena from January 15-18 during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

This year's field will include 13 teams from the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings including Findlay College Prep (Hendersonville, NV), St. Patrick High School (Elizabeth, NJ), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA), St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ), Westchester High School (Los Angeles, CA), DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD), Northland (Columbus, OH), St. John Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia, PA), Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA), St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD), Gonzaga College (Washington, DC),Winter Park (Winter Park, FL), and Paterson Catholic (Patterson, NJ)

A battle between the two top-ranked teams Findlay Prep and St. Patrick's will headline the matchups.

More than 45 teams -- representing 16 states and the District of Columbia -- will be competing this year in the tournament's largest field. Numerous games from the 2010 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be broadcasted live via national television outlets, regional television outlets and online distribution.

"In the eight years of the Spalding Hoophall Classic, we have been fortunate to have featured many future stars and elite programs in high school basketball," said John L. Doleva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "This year's field is no different, as we will once again showcase the top talent in the country with Springfield and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as our platform."

Recent alumni of the Spalding Hoophall Classic include last year's top-two rated graduating seniors Xavier Henry (Oklahoma City, OK/Kansas) and Derrick Favors (Atlanta, GA/Georgia Tech), as well as current NBA players Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Jerryd Bayless (Portland Trailblazers), Michael Beasley (Miami Heat), JR Smith (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Rush (Indiana Pacers), Donte Greene (Sacramento Kings) and O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies).

The 2010 event will also feature numerous Top 100 players including top 10 stars Jared Sullinger (Northland/Columbus, OH), Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick's/Elizabeth, NJ), Tobias Harris (Half Hallow/Brookville, NY) and Josh Smith (Kentwood/Kentwood, WA) as well as top juniors Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick's/Elizabeth, NJ) and Austin Rivers (Winter Park/Orlando, FL).

Hoopmasters will be in attendance at the Hoophall Classic covering the event on Martin Luther King weekend from Springfield College, Mass.

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