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Organizers in the Middle East hope to bring head coach Rob Fulford and Huntington Prep to a tournament in Dubai next year.

If an ambitious plan by United Arab Emirates-based MPAC Sports comes to fruition, several high school basketball powerhouses from the United States could be headed to Dubai in June of 2014.

Coaches from Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Montverde Academy (Fla.) confirmed they have been approached by the basketball development company about participating in the MPAC Elite International Tournament.

According to a promotional video posted on YouTube in April (see bottom of page), MPAC plans to include teams from the Middle East and North Africa in the tournament.

The timing of the event raises questions being well outside the window of the traditional high school basketball season. It's likely that state governing bodies would need to give member schools the green light to participate.

Sources indicate work remains to be done in the way of financing travel and finalizing the participants involved.

MPAC organizers did not respond to's requests for comment this week, but instructor Ebenezer Noonoo – a Chicago native and former player at UIC from 2005-08 – teased the promotional video on his Twitter account April 26.

According to Wikipedia, Dubai is a city of more than 2 million people known for its oil wealth and subsequent large-scale and often lavish building boom. Tourism and high-end retail attractions have also flourished.

United Arab Emirates is located along the southern base of the Persian Gulf and shares borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman.

All three American programs linked the MPAC Elite International Tournament are coming off highly-successful seasons.

Both Lone Peak (Xcellent 25 high school rankings) and Montverde Academy (Academy Top 10 rankings) were recognized as national champions by MaxPreps. Led by the top amateur prospect in the world Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep went 30-3 and was ranked No. 5 in the final Academy Top 10.