2012 Tournament Tickets
Tournament officials appreciate the tremendous interest and coverage provided by national media. Due to space limitations, the area directly behind the baskets will be prohibited. There is wi-fi on campus, but limited table access in the back rows. Your access is based on your early arrival AND your level of clearance.
The following policy applies:
- The Official Photographer - MAX PREPS
All individuals requesting media credentials must provide the following information via Email to Executive Director, Ron Riley at Ron.Riley@CityOfPalmsClassic.com before being granted (or denied) credentials.
If the information below is not filled out completely...there is no approval granted.
Please do not send statements such as "Yo check out my site"...that is a fast track to becoming a fan.
- Your Name/Names
- Your Company
- Mailing Address
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Type of Media: (Print, Internet, etc.)
- Example: provide information? OR Sell services?
There is an “A” List Credential and a “B” List Credential to be determined by tournament officials.
- “A” List Media will be granted a fair number of passes based on national hierarchy: i.e: ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, etc,
- “B” List Media will be limited to 1-2 passes. For more access, tickets need to be purchased.
- "C" List...media credibility is questionable...tickets must be paid for and a limited credential may or may not be granted
ALL QUESTIONS NEED TO BE SENT VIA EMAIL TO RON RILEY AT Ron.Riley@CityOfPalmsClassic.com
2012 Tournament Location & Directions
All games will be played at:
Bishop Verot High School
5598 Sunrise Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Directions from I-75:
- Turn west onto Colonial Blvd (exit 136) - go 7.7 mi
- Turn left at Summerlin Rd - go 0.5 mi
- Turn right at Matthew Dr - go 0.0 mi
- Turn left at Sunrise Dr - go 0.0 mi
2012 Preferred Tournament Hotels Offering Special Rates
13051 Bell Tower Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Friends and Families Rate: $95
*Breakfast Buffet for two included.
Comfort Inn & Suites Airport
10081 Intercom Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Friends and Families Rate: $69
La Quinta Inns & Suites
9521 Market Place Road
Fort Myers, FL 33912
Friends and Families Rate: $65
Residence Inn by Marriott
2960 Colonial Blvd.
Fort Myers, Fl 33966
Friends and Families Rate: $89
Call 239-936-0110 to make reservation
Hilton Garden Inn - Fort Myers
12600 University Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33907
Friends and Families Rate:$79
Springhill Suites by Marriott
9501 Marketplace Road
Fort Myers, Fl 33912
Friends and Families Rate: $89
Call 239-561-1803 to make reservation
Fairfield Inn & Suites
7090 Cypress Terrace
Fort Myers, FL 33902
Friends and Families Rate:$79
10150 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, Fl. 33913
Friends and Families Rate: $59-$69
Hyatt Place at the Forum
2600 Champion Ring Road
Fort Myers, Fl. 33905
Friends and Families Rate: $69
Hampton Inn and Suites
11281 Summerlin Square Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, Fl. 33931
Friends and Families Rate: $79 (Double Queen or King Standard)/$99 (King or Double Queen Suite)
2012 Recommended Car Rental Companies
(if calling, use code: 35COPC)
Please check in at the INFORMATION DESK upon entering the lobby at the Tournament. Credentials and an information packet will be available. The desk is located to the right in the entrance hall at Bishop Verot High School.
If you have any questions or need information prior to or during the tournament, please see or call:
16-TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Chester (Pa.) ... 32-0 ... Guards 6-7 SR Rondae Jefferson (Arizona) and 6-1 SR Darius Robinson lead senior-driven Clippers (58-game win streak), who have won back-to-back state championships and were ranked No. 4 nationally in ESPN.com rankings.
- Chicago Whitney Young (Ill.) ... 16-10 ... Coach Tyrone Slaughter's Dolphins feature a mammoth, nationally-touted front line of 6-9 JR Jahlil Okafor and 6-8 JR Paul White, but transfers 6-4 JR L.J. Peak and 5-10 SR Ausar Madison have solidified the backcourt and made them one of the Windy City's most feared teams.
- Fairfax Paul VI (Va.) ... 35-3 ... The Panthers became the first undefeated D.C. Catholic champion not named DeMatha in 50 years, ranked No. 12 nationally (ESPN.com) boast dangerous quartet in 6-10 SR Tim Higgins (Cornell), 6-5 SR Jamall Robinson (Niagara), 6-6 SOPH Marcus Derrickson and 6-4 SOPH Franklin Howard.
- Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) ... 21-5 ... Coach Steve Strand has had many talented teams and this is no exception, as 6-5 SR Steve Haney (Central Florida) leads a group of four returning starters that scared Class 7A state champ Pompano Beach Ely in last year's regionals.
- Highland Lone Peak (Utah) ... 22-3 ... Class 5A champion has gotten the basketball world's attention with four BYU commits -- guards 6-2 SR Nick Emery, 6-3 JR T.J. Haws and 6-3 Talon Shumway (football), along with 6-9 SR Eric Mika -- and a selfless style that's sure to be a crowd favorite anywhere the Knights play.
- Jackson Callaway (Miss.) ... 24-6 ... The Chargers won Mississippi's Class 5A state title behind 6-7 SR TreShawn Bolden and No. 1-ranked (HoopScoop) 6-4 SOPH Malik Newman, whose 22.9 ppg broke Monte Ellis' freshman state record and earned him first-team All-State honors.
- Lake Wales (Fla.) ... 28-4 ... The defending 5A state champs -- who have a new coach, Randy Lee -- made noise in last year's City of Palms Classic and are spurred by 6-3 SR Doug Brooks, after winning the USSSA City of Palms qualifier in June for the second consecutive year.
- Long Beach Poly (Calif.) ... 29-3 ... Ultra-talented 6-5 SR Roschon Prince (USC) and 6-7 SR shot-blocker extraordinaire Jordan Bell (Oregon) return as No. 40-ranked (ESPN.com) Jackrabbits seek their first CIF state championship since winning mythical national crown in 1984.
- McDonough Eagle's Landing (Ga.) ... 28-4 ... Class AAA semifinalist loaded with D1 prospects: 6-5 SR Eric Wortham (Middle Tennessee State), 6-8 SR Desmond Ringer, 6-7 SR Chris Davenport, 6-4 SR Travin Joseph, 6-1 SR Isaiah Dennis, 6-8 JR Jordan Sessions.
- Memphis Southwind (Tenn.) ... 28-5 ... The Jaguars have won back-to-back titles at the prestigious Rumble on the Ridge and are still hungry for a state title, led by dunk-contest favorite 6-5 SR Jajuan Johnson (Marquette), 6-8 SR Johnathan Williams III (Missouri) and 6-4 SR Payton Hulsey (Lipscomb).
- Montverde Academy (Fla.) ... 23-4 ... Florida-bound point guard 6-0 SR Kasey Hill and 6-10 SR Dakari Johnson are both national top-15 talents, joining forces with 6-8 SR Devin Williams (West Virginia) to make Kevin Boyle’s team, the No. 1 seed at the City of Palms, a national championship contender.
- Omaha Central (Neb.) ... 30-0 ... The Eagles -- regarded as the best team to emerge from Nebraska in decades -- shoot for a fifth-straight Class A crown behind 6-9 SR Akoy Agau (Louisville), who had 16 points, 13 rebounds, 14 blocks in last year's final, and 6-5 SR Nick Billingsley (Nebraska-Omaha).
- Orlando Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) ... 28-4 ... All five starters returned for ex-NBA player Jeff Turner's Class 4A state runnerup, including 6-8 SR Denzel Davis (Rice), 6-5 SR Landon Stokes (Vanderbilt football) and 6-4 JR Jay Henderson. But the Highlanders will be without Mr. Florida Basketball 6-0 JR Joel Berry (arthroscopic knee surgery).
- Plano Prestonwood Christian (Texas) ... 27-4 ... The defending City of Palms and TAPPS Class 5A state champions have been crippled by season-ending injuries to likely McDonald's All-American 6-9 SR Julius Randle (broken foot) and 6-6 SOPH Mickey Mitchell (torn ACL).
- Tifton Tift County (Ga.) ... 20-8 ... The Blue Devils added 6-6 SR transfer Brannen Greene (Kansas) to four juniors, including highly touted guard 6-2 JR Tadric Jackson, and are bidding to become the first South Georgia team to win a state title since the Peach State expanded beyond four classes.
- Fort Myers Bishop Verot (Fla.) ... 25-5 ... The Vikings reached the Class 4A quarterfinals last season and have been one of the state's most consistent small-school winners under Matt Herting, returning a solid nucleus that's led by 6-8, 235-pound JR Ricky Doyle.
4-TEAM "SIGNATURE SERIES"
- Huntington Prep (WVa.) ... 28-2 ... Sit back and enjoy USA Today's No. 1-ranked team and the nation’s premier player, 6-7 SR Andrew Wiggins, but remember, the Express showcases an all-D1 lineup, led by 6-3 SR Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), 6-9 SR Moses Kingsley (Arkansas), 6-9 SR Dominic Woodson (Baylor) and 6-0 SR Travon Landry (Tennessee).
- Houston HCYA (Texas) ... 37-13 ... The Warriors stepped up the schedule after winning the national homeschool championship and will lean heavily upon 6-7 JR Justin Jackson and 5-11 SR T.J. Rhodes, the son of coach Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes (yes, Chicago Cubs fans, that Tuffy Rhodes).
- Jacksonville Arlington Country Day (Fla.) ... 22-6 ... The Apaches are the only team to win five straight FHSAA state titles, but now play in the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association, relying upon 6-11 SR Nikola Jovanovic (USC) and talented juniors 6-5 Brandon Francis, 6-8 Dante Buford and 6-5 Che Bob.
- Saltsburg Kiski School (Pa.) ... 23-6 ... Independent Cougars have been the surprise of the early season, beating New England prep powers Brewster and Tilton on back-to-back nights behind 6-4 SR Major Canady (Drexel), breakout 6-6 SR Rashad Richardson and 7-0 JR Satchel Pierce.
"SUNSHINE SERIES" (single games)
- Tuesday, Dec. 18 ... Sarasota Riverview (Fla.) 25-5 vs. Plantation American Heritage (Fla.) 25-6
- Friday, Dec. 21 ... Community School of Naples (Fla.) 18-9 vs. Jacksonville North Florida Educational (Fla.) 14-9
- Saturday, Dec. 22 ... Orlando Maynard Evans (Fla.) 15-9 vs. East Lee County (Fla.) 20-9
- Saturday, Dec. 22 ... Jacksonville North Florida Educational (Fla.) 14-9 vs. Miami Norland (Fla.) 29-3
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