The Tarkanian Classic Is Almost Here!

The Tarkanian Classic Is Almost Here!

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Basketball fans, take note – this year’s Tarkanian Classic takes place on December 19-23. And if the action is anything like last year’s epic event, expect fireworks as many of the top high school basketball players on the planet take to Las Vegas.

Eastbay is a proud partner of this marquee event, which is attended by a large number of national scouts and premiere colleges. Before the opening tip, we wanted to breakdown what to expect for this year so we turned to Bishop Gorman senior Jamal Bey. The small forward and Washington Husky commit competed in last year’s tourney and his high school is the host school for plenty of the games throughout the week.

Top 5 Plays From The Tarkanian Classic

Top 5 Plays From The Tarkanian Classic

If you couldn’t make it to Las Vegas this weekend for the Tarkanian Classic, you missed out. Some of the best high school basketball players in the country put on a show.  These guys are the superstars of tomorrow, so sit back and get your popcorn ready. Here are the top 5 plays from the Tarkanian Classic, courtesy of our good friends at Ballislife.

  1. Marvin Bagley, III is the No. 1 player in the class of 2018. Troy Brown Jr. is the No. 17 player in the class of 2017. On this play, Brown got the best of Bagley as he split a pair of defenders before throwing down on Bagley.

  1. LaMelo Ball, younger brother of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, committed to UCLA when he was only 13 years old. He will certainly be one of the top players in the 2019 class, and you can see why on this play, where Ball blocks a shot, heads down the court and drops off a behind-the-back assist to his teammate who draws the and-1.

  1. Elijah Hardy is one of the most complete point guards in the class of 2018. Raymond Hawkins is a 2019 big that knows how to run the court. That’s a deadly combination, as you can see on this fast break alley-oop.

  1. Elijah Hardy and Raymond Hawkins link up again, but this time with a little flair added for good measure. Hardy throws it off the back board and Hawkins goes up and gets it.

  1. With the game on the line, freshman Noah Taitz crossed up his defender and converted the game-winning layup as time expired. The clutch play secured a win in the third place game for hometown Bishop Gorman.

Top Kicks Of Tarkanian Classic

Top Kicks Of Tarkanian Classic

The Tarkanian Classic brings the best high school basketball teams and players in the country to Las Vegas to showcase their skills. It’s also an opportunity for elite athletes to show off their hottest kicks. Basketball combines skill and style more than any other sport. You look good, you feel good, you play great. Here’s what the country’s top athletes were sporting at the Tarkanian Classic.

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Pre-Game

It doesn’t matter if you dress up before the game or dress down with a sweat suit for comfort. For most hoopers, it’s all about the shoes.  The latest Jordan Retros seem to be the most sought-after addition to a player’s pre-game look by far. Recent releases like the Retro 11 ‘Space Jam,’ Retro 3 ‘True Blue,’ and various Retro 12s were the most common at the Tarkanian Classic. You can find a fresh new pair of Jordan Retros to rock during pre-game here.

There are plenty of other options. The Yeezys are a rare commodity, but always a hit. Casual shoes with simple styles are common go-to options, like the adidas Originals Stan Smith, Nike Huarache, and Nike Air Max.

Game Time

When game time rolls around, it’s time to bring your “A” game. Functionality is key, but nobody wants to sacrifice their style. Let’s break it down by brand here.

Nike – For top-level guards, a common choice at the Tarkanian Classic was the Kobe 11 and Kyrie 2. Young athletes model their game after these superstars, so it’s only natural to take some style tips from them as well. Swingmen and post-players tend to do the same, choosing the Nike LeBron Soldier 10 and KD 9 as their on-court favorites.

 

Recapping A Tarkanian Classic For The Ages

Recapping A Tarkanian Classic For The Ages

The championship game of the Platinum Division of the Tarkanian Classic, held in Las Vegas, came down to two undefeated California powerhouses. Chino Hills, boasting the star power of two UCLA commits extended their winning streak to 46 and took home the Platinum Division title with an 84-73 win against Mater Dei.

LiAngelo Ball scored 25 points while his younger brother LaMelo Ball added 21 points in the win. If those names sound familiar, it’s because they are the younger brother of current UCLA guard and projected NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo Ball and Eli Scott, also of Chino Hills, were named tournament co-MVPs. LiAngelo Ball put on a scoring clinic the entire tournament, while Eli Scott anchored the team’s defense and put up big numbers in the rebounding department. Justice Sueing led the way for Mater Dei, scoring 27 points in a losing effort.

The third place game of the Tarkanian Classic’s Platinum Division featured a showdown between the host team Bishop Gorman and Roosevelt. The back-and-forth game came down to the wire. Freshman Noah Taitz came up clutch for the hometown team, crossing up his defender before hitting the game-winning layup just before time expired to give Bishop Gorman a 66-64 win.

Tarkanian Classic Champs

Platinum Division: Chino Hills, CA

Eastbay Division: Godby, FL

Nike Division: Timpanogos, UT

Orleans Division: Sheldon, CA

Gatorade Division: Grandview, CO

Diamond Division: Windward, CA