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Mater Dei head coach Gary McKnight<br> and George Raveling share a moment<br> at last year's Nike Extravaganza.

The Los Angeles Times recently posted matchups for the Nike Extravaganza, an annual, late-season showcase event hosted by Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).

A magnet for powerhouse Southern California programs, the Extravaganza will ironically be headlined by an Illinois vs. Nevada matchup next season as the nation's top-ranked player, Shabazz Muhammad, will lead Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) against Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.).

Bishop Gorman, Whitney Young and Mater Dei could all figure prominently in national preseason rankings.

The Extravaganza will be played Feb. 3-4, 2012 at the Meruelo Athletic Center on the campus of Mater Dei. Here's the schedule (boys games only);

Feb. 3
3 p.m. – Fairmont Prep (Anaheim) vs. La Quinta
7:30 p.m. – Mater Dei (Santa Ana) vs. St. John Bosco (Bellflower)

Feb. 4
8:30 a.m. – Colony (Ontario) vs. JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano)
10 a.m. – Los Alamitos vs. Upland
11:30 a.m. – Mission Viejo vs. Ocean View (Huntington Beach)
1 p.m. – Eisenhower (Rialto) vs. Fairfax (Los Angeles)
3 p.m. – Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) vs. Westchester (Los Angeles)
4:30 p.m. – Loyola (Los Angeles) vs. Taft (Woodland Hills)
6 p.m. – Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) vs. Orange Lutheran (Orange)
7:30 p.m. – Lincoln (San Diego) vs. Mater Dei (Santa Ana)
9 p.m. – Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) vs. Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)