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Julius Randle, Prestonwood Christian

South Carolina's prestigious Beach Ball Classic will have a strong Georgia and New York flavor in 2010.

Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross), Miller Grove (Lithonia) and Wheeler (Marietta) will try to become the first Peach State programs to win the event, while New York City powers Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) and Rice (New York) will attempt to become the 10th Big Apple teams to run the table in Myrtle Beach. Rice won the event in 1993.

This year's installment is once again scheduled for the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Other intriguing entries include defending Oklahoma state champion Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.), which went 29-0 last season and features one of the nation's top sophomores in Stephen Clark.

California's Lutheran (La Verne), Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) will also head to the event with championship aspirations.

Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) claimed the 2009 title.

Beach Ball Classic
Dec. 27-31 – Myrtle Beach Convention Center / Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Out-of-state teams:
Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Douglass (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Dudley (Greensboro, N.C.), Father Henry Carr (Ontario, Canada), Clark (Winchester, Ky.), Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.), Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), La Verne Lutheran (La Verne, Calif.), Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas), Rice (New York, N.Y.), St. Rita (Chicago, Ill.), Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.)
South Carolina teams: Mann (Greenville, S.C.), Myrtle Beach (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), Socastee (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)