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PREP BASKETBALL: Hoopsfest Preps Basketball Returns

With college football mostly behind us, it’s time to focus on high school hoops!

The annual ARS/Rescue Rooster National Hoopfest Series returns this week at various locations around the city. Memphis Hoopfest tipped off Thursday Night with a game between Christian Brothers Memphis and Christian Brothers St. Louis.

It continues this afternoon at Briarcrest, starting with a 3:30 game between Memphis Academy of Health Sciences and Crestwood Prepatory College from Toronto, Ontario Canada.

This year, the event features eight local teams and eight national teams. New additions to the event this year include girls’ games as well as a players and coaches luncheon hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

There will be a lot of high-caliber talent on display as usual. This year may be the best ever as far as most top 25 players to play in the three-day basketball event. The games will be played at three locations. On Thursday night at Christian Brothers High School.

Three of the best players in Memphis that will graduate in the Class of 2021 will be in this tournament. Moussa Cisse (Lausanne), Kennedy Chandler (Briarcrest) and Chandler Lawson (Wooddale). All three players may led their teams to a Tennessee State Championship over the next two years.

There will be three top-10 committed players who will graduate this season and will be playing college basketball next season. Cade Cunningham (Montverde) is committed to Oklahoma State. Jalen Johnson (IMG Academy) has committed to Tennessee. Scottie Barnes (Montverde) has committed to Florida State.

Not only are some great players playing in the tournament, some great teams will be playing. IMG Academy (#2) will be playing. They have a very loaded team and are looking to win the national championship later this year. Former Whitehaven player Matthew Murrell (committed to Ole Miss) plays on that team.

Some players have already committed to the likes of Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and many other top schools. No one in the tournament has committed to the University of Memphis as of yet. Memphis still has its sights set on some prominent players and will be visible at the games.

The ARS/Recuse Rooter National Hoopfest Series continues the showcasing of the best of the Memphis and Mid-South area high school talent against the best national high school talent. For more information please visit www.memphishoopfest.com. You can find locations and purchase tickets on their website.

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