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West Virginia's Cancer Research Classic will feature one of the biggest games of the year as Jabari Parker and Simeon (Chicago) take on Montverde Academy (Fla.).

A showdown between a pair of likely preseason No. 1s highlights the 2013 Cancer Research Classic to be held Jan. 4-5 in Wheeling, W.Va.

Wheeling Jesuit University will play host to 19 teams over two days in one of the biggest showcases of the 2012-13 season, headlined by a clash between three-time defending Illinois Class 4A state champion Simeon (Chicago) and Kevin Boyle's loaded Montverde Academy (Fla.) squad.

Simeon, led by star senior Jabari Parker, is the early leader to claim preseason No. 1 honors in's Xcellent 25. Montverde Academy – featuring five-star Florida Gator commitment Kasey Hill – is a strong candidate for Academy Top 10 No. 1 billing.

Upstart Prime Prep of Dallas will face a daunting Friday-Saturday double dip, taking on Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young (Chicago).

Other teams scheduled to participate and likely to garner mention in preseason rankings include DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia), Salesian (Richmond, Calif.) and St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.).

Full schedule
Friday, Jan. 4
Wheeling Central Catholic (W.Va.) vs. Propel Charter (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Linsly (Wheeling, W.Va.) vs. Seton LaSalle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Prime Prep (Dallas)
Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) vs. St. Raymond Boys (Bronx, N.Y.)
Saturday, Jan. 5
Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) vs. St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) vs. Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)
DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) vs. Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone, N.J.)
Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Simeon (Chicago)
Prime Prep (Dallas) vs. Whitney Young (Chicago)
St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) vs. Wheeling Park (Wheeling, W.Va.)