CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC
Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida SouthWestern State College
13351 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers
Dates: Monday, Dec. 18, through Saturday, Dec. 23
Tournament Info & Tickets: CityOfPalmsClassic.com or 239.481.4849
Founded in 1973, the City of Palms Classic began as a simple, local, holiday basketball tournament. Over the years, the tournament grew and expanded its scope to include the nation’s finest athletes and teams. During the past 23 years, the Culligan City of Palms Classic has set the standard by which all tournaments are compared. Since 1989, 146 City of Palms Classic players have been named McDonald’s All-Americans, and 116 have been drafted by the NBA, including 71 first-round picks.
No fees are collected from players or teams; Classic Basketball Inc., a nonprofit corporation which acts as a foundation for the tournament, helps offset some of the costs incurred by the teams participating in the tournament. For many of the players, the tournament represents their first opportunity to travel outside of their own communities.
For the second year, the tournament will take place in the beautiful Suncoast Credit Union Arena on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers. Completed in Fall 2016, the arena is approximately 75,000 square feet and also hosts the FSW Buccaneers’ basketball and volleyball teams, and a student athletic center. The arena seats approximately 3,300 fans and includes six skyboxes and a hospitality event center.
Some of the players taking to the court at this year’s tournament include: ESPN No. 4 player in the Class of 2018, Bol Bol (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif.); ESPN No. 14 player in the Class of 2018, Nassir Little (Orlando Christian Prep); ESPN No. 1 player in the Class of 2019 James Wiseman, (Memphis East), and ESPN No. 2 player in the Class of 2019, Vernon Carey, Jr. (University School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Ticket options include six-day passes ($128-250) and single-day General Admission tickets ($15-25).
Teams participating in the 2017 Culligan City of Palms Classic:
Archbishop Molloy – Queens, NY
Canterbury – Fort Myers, FL
Chicago Simeon – Chicago, IL
Hudson Catholic – Jersey City, NJ
John Marshall – Richmond, VA
Mater Dei – Santa Ana, CA
McEachern – Powder Springs, GA
Memphis East – Memphis, TN
Mountain Brook – Mountain Brook, AL
Oak Ridge – Orlando, FL
Orlando Christian Prep – Orlando, FL
Ranney School – Tinton Falls, NJ
St. Augustine – San Diego, CA
University School – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Webster Groves – Webster Groves, MO
Wesleyan Christian – High Point, NC
Corbin – Corbin, KY
Kaukauna – Kaukauna, WI
Mars – Mars, GA
Upson-Lee – Thomaston, GA
Gulliver Prep – Miami, FL
Lehigh Senior – Lehigh Acres, FL
Miami Christian – Miami, FL
Osceola – Kissimmee, FL
Southwest Florida Christian – Fort Myers, FL
Wildwood – Wildwood, FL