Now a staple of the early-January high school basketball schedule, the Cancer Research Classic has assembled its most impressive lineup to date for the 2011 edition.
Typically a showcase for the nation's top Catholic-school programs, a monster showdown between public powers Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.)
and Simeon (Chicago, Ill.)
will serve as the headliner. Both programs finished the 2009-10 campaign ranked in the Top 10 nationally after capturing state titles.
The event will be held Jan. 6-7 at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
and Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling, W. Va.)
will tip things off Friday night, but most of the action will take place Saturday.
In addition to Miller Grove-Simeon, other matchups include DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
vs. St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.)
vs. Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
vs. St. Raymond Boys (Bronx, N.Y.)
and Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone, N.J.)
vs. Neumann & Goretti (Philadelphia, Pa.)
The DeMatha-St. Anthony is a rematch of a humbling loss for the Maryland program at last year's Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Stags were blown away by Bob Hurley's Friars 75-25 in front of a national television audience. St. Anthony went on to go undefeated and earn the final national No. 1 ranking.
Mater Dei was originally scheduled to play the storied Harlem powerhouse Rice (New York, N.Y.)
, but the school announced it is closing at the conclusion of the academic year.
The event debuted in 2007 and featured current Sacramento King Tyreke Evans that year. Teams from seven states in addition to West Virginia and the District Columbia have appeared since.