Big names, top teams make up 2015 Beach Ball Classic

bbc-feltonTeams have been announced for the 2015 Beach Ball Classic, the nation’s premier holiday high school basketball tournament. Slated for December 26-31 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

This year’s event “will leave fans on the edge of their seats,” according to BBC Executive Director, John Rhodes. “With 16 of the nation’s top teams contending, there’s sure to be a lot of excitement.”

This year’s lineup includes defending national champion Montverde Academy (FL), and No. 2 nationally ranked Mustang High (OK), led by senior Austin Meyer, who is currently ranked 54th in the nation.

Poca High (WV) will be making their first appearance in the Beach Ball Classic. In 2014, this team went 27-0 to win the West Virginia State Championship, marking the first team in 25 years to go undefeated.

Bartow High (FL) and center standout Tony Bradley, who played on the Junior All-American team and consistently averages a double-double, is another newcomer to the Beach Ball Classic in 2015.

Other teams to watch include St. John’s College Prep (MD), ranked No. 1 in the state of Maryland, St. Edwards (OH) with the nation’s No. 10 ranked player, senior Derek Funderburk, and Seton Hall Prep (NJ) with returning senior T.J. Gibbs, a former Junior All-American.

Mater Dei (CA), currently ranked 17th in the nation and Max Prep’s 2013-2014 National Champion, comes across the country to play in the Beach Ball Classic after winning four straight state titles.

Local school Mullins High returns with No. 3-ranked junior Jalek Felton, who has committed to North Carolina. Also returning from ’14 will be St. Francis High School (GA), a state championship team ranked 65th in the nation with All-American Kobi Jordan-Simmons, a returning senior nationally ranked 24th.

Since 1981, over one million fans have witnessed the Beach Ball Classic, a holiday tradition for residents in and around Myrtle Beach, as well as basketball fans throughout the country. Each year, thousands flock to the South Carolina coast the week following Christmas for the lure of warmer weather and outstanding basketball. Past tournaments have featured now famous players including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Ramon Sessions and Raymond Felton, just to name a few.

Aside from being one of the most acclaimed high school tournaments in the nation, the Beach Ball Classic is widely recognized for its academic contribution. Since 1984, the Beach Ball Classic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $500,000 in college scholarships to more than 300 deserving high school students.

For more information on this year’s tournaments, visit http://www.beachballclassic.com

2015 Beach Ball Classic Lineup:
December 26-31, Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Archbishop Moller (OH)
East Jackson High School (GA)
Monteverde Academy (FL)
Mustang High School (OK)
Poca High School (WV)
Mullins High School (SC)
Myrtle Beach High School (SC)
Bartow High School (FL)
Mater Dei High School (CA)
Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
St. Edwards High School (OH)
Shadow Mountain (AZ)
Socastee HS (SC)**
St. James High School (SC)
St. John’s College Prep (Washington, DC)
St. Francis (GA)

Photo courtesy of Beach Ball Classic

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