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The 2nd annual Tarkanian Classicl

December 15, 2013
By Leroy White of West Coast Hoops


2012 MVP Stanley Johnson with HOF coach Jerry Tarkanian

The 2nd annual Tarkanian Classic is set for December 18-22, 2013 at Bishop Gorman HS, Durango HS, Faith Lutheran HS and the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas NV.  This year Las Vegas will once again re-claim its throne as the epicenter of high school holiday hoops.

Defending Tarkanian champ Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA), Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas NV),Lone Peak (Highland UT) and Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA) – all 2012-13 state champions – are among the headliners scheduled to play.  Other prominent national participants in the HS Platinum Division include Poly (Long Beach CA), Bishop O’ Dowd (Oakland CA), Pinnacle (Phoenix AZ), El Camino Real (Woodland Hills CA), Sheldon (Sacramento CA), Modesto Christian (Modesto CA) and Central Catholic (Portland OR).  

USA Today's pre-season national #1 Findlay Prep (Henderson NV), arguably the top prep powerhouse in the country the last several years, is also appearing and will headline an unmatched Prep School Division that will bring the top talent in the country to Las Vegas.   This year’s prep division also includes:
-Prime Prep (Dallas TX)
-Our Savior (Centerreach NY)

-Montrose Christian (Rockville MD)

-La Lumiere, (La Porte IN)

-Atlanta Sports Academy (Atlanta GA)

Three of Max Prep's top 4 currently ranked squads (Findlay, Mater Dei and Prime Prep) are in this year's field while 5 of Student-Sports' Top 20 pre-season picks will be participants (Findlay, Mater Dei, Gorman, Prime Prep and La Lumiere).

Tourney brackets and schedule can be accessed online at: http://www.tarkanianclassic.com/2012_bracket__schedule.html

On the tourney's "Fantastic Friday" December 20th, CBS Sports Network (Direct TV channel 221) will televise live a terrific triple-header from the Orleans Arena:

5:00pm (PST)  Findlay Prep (Henderson NV) vs. Prime Prep (Dallas TX)
7:00pm (PST) HS Platinum Division Semi-Final I
9:00pm (PST) HS Platinum Division Semi-Final II

Doug Gottlieb and Van Coleman as well as Max Preps' Jason Hickman are scheduled to form the broadcast trio for those telecasts.  If you don't have Direct TV, check your cable or service provider for the exact channel of CBS Sports Network on those systems.

The Basketball Channel (www.thebasketballchannel.net) will also be live streaming selected tourney games including Saturday night December 21st games: Findlay Prep vs. Montrose Christian at 6:00pm (PST) and HS Platinum Title Game at 7:30pm (PST).

Top headliners playing in the event include:  



Emmanuel Mudiay: Prime Prep (SMU signee/2013 Pangos Camp Top 25 Game MVP)

Stanley Johnson: Mater Dei (Arizona signee/Hoop Scoop #1 player in 2014)

Rashad Vaughn: Findlay Prep (Top 10 national prospect)

Kelly Oubre: Findlay Prep (Kansas signee)
Craig Victor: Findlay Prep (Arizona signee)
Jonah Bolden: Findlay Prep (UCLA signee)
T.J. Haws: Lone Peak (BYU signee)



Stephen Zimmerman: Bishop Gorman (Top 5 player in 2015)

Ivan Rabb: Bishop O’Dowd (Top 5 player in 2015)
Check Diallo: Our Savior (Top 10 player in 2015)
Chase Jeter: Bishop Gorman (Top 25 player in 2015)
Horace Spencer: Findlay Prep (Top 25 player in 2015)
Rex Pflueger: Mater Dei (Top 50 player in 2015)
Alonzo Trier: Montrose (Top 50 player in 2015



Terrence Ferguson; Prime Prep (Top 15 player in 2015)
T.J. Leaf: Foothills Christian (Top 25 player in 2015
Justin Jackson: Findlay Prep (Top 25 player in 2015)

Derrick Thornton: Findlay Prep (Top 25 player in 2015)

Michael Cage Jr: Mater Dei (Top 50 player in 2015)

Leland Green: Redondo Union (Top 50 player in 2015)
Frank Jackson: Lone Peak (BYU verbal)

Other tourney info can be accessed before and during the event at: www.tarkanianclassic.com

The official tourney Twitter handle is:  @TarkClassic   You can follow there for up to the minute updates and info.

I hope to see you next week.

Dinos Trigonis
Tarkanian Classic Co-Director
mobile 562-843-8245
Twitter: @trigonis30

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