Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams and game schedule for the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic, an annual basketball showcase now in its fifteenth year at Springfield College. Games will be played at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College January 14-18, during Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The nation’s premier basketball event will once again showcase the top high school basketball teams from across the country. This year’s elite matchups include Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Mater Dei (CA), DeMatha Catholic (MD) vs. Chaminade College Prep (MO), and Athlete Institute (Canada) vs. Hillcrest Prep (AZ). 

Other exciting matchups will feature Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Sierra Canyon (CA), Paul VI (VA) vs. Chino Hills (CA), St. Anthony (NJ) vs. Bentonville (AR) and Findlay College Prep (NV) vs. High Point Christian (NC). Extensive coverage of the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic including game stories, videos, stats, photos and player interviews will be provided by USA TODAY HSS and  GameChanger will serve as the official stats provider of the event with live updates available online. Additionally, several games from the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be nationally televised and streamed live online by The Cube. Television broadcast information will be released at a later date. 

“For the past fifteen years we have been fortunate enough to host the top high school teams in the nation at the birthplace of basketball, Springfield College,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We expect this year’s field to be especially competitive and we look forward to welcoming each team to the Basketball Hall of Fame in January.”

Last year’s Spalding Hoophall Classic games were highlighted by Carlton Bragg (Kansas), Jaylen Brown (California), Cheick Diallo (Kansas), Ivan Rabb (California) and Ben Simmons (LSU). Fans can expect to see more rising stars with this year’s contest featuring several Class of 2016 Top 100 players including four of the nation’s top six according to ESPN: Jayson Tatum (Chaminade, MO), Harry Giles (Oak Hill Academy, VA), Malik Monk (Bentonville, AR), and Bam Adebayo (High Point Christian, NC). Other standouts include Thon Maker (Athlete Institute, Canada) and the top players in the Class of 2017 and 2018, DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest Prep, AZ) and Marvin Bagley (Hillcrest Prep, AZ).  A total of 25 players out of the ESPN Top 100 in the Class of 2016 will participate.

Two youth events associated with the Spalding Hoophall Classic will also take place in Springfield over MLK weekend. The Jr. Hoophall Classic will return, featuring 75 plus teams from the New England area. New in 2016 is an eighth grade showcase, The MADEHoops Lea8ue. Details on these youth events can be found at and

Supporting sponsors of the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic include Nike, MassMutual, Springfield College, Florence Bank, Gatorade, Big Y, Comcast and ARS® / Rescue Rooter®. Tickets for the 2016 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be on-sale as of November 1, 2015 at 10:00AM. To purchase tickets, log onto

The Spalding Hoophall Classic complete schedule of games can be found at


About Spalding

Division of Russell Corporation, the Spalding Group is now the largest basketball equipment supplier in the world. Spalding is the official basketball of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), the official backboard of the NBA and NCAA, the official volleyball of the King of the Beach Volleyball Tour and the official football of Pop Warner. In addition to being the leading producer and marketer of basketballs, footballs, volleyballs and soccer balls, Spalding produces softballs under the Dudley brand. For more information, visit

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.

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