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.

See You At The Tarkanian Classic This Weekend

See You At The Tarkanian Classic This Weekend

The Fab 48, Tarkanian Classic, and Big City Showdown showcase some of basketball’s best. Eastbay is proud to announce a partnership with these top-tier tournaments, working to continue a strong tradition of basketball excellence.

Hundreds of the biggest names in the game have participated in these tournaments, and the superstars of tomorrow will have a chance to make their own names soon. Two-time reigning NBA dunk contest champion Zach LaVine bolstered his reputation at the Fab 48, where he registered his first career dunk.

“We were in Vegas at Bishop Gorman [high school],” LaVine remembers. “I got a steal. The dude was on the left-hand side of me. I rose up, just tried to get a little chest-to-chest, and dunked on him. It was a great feeling, man. The whole crowd went, ‘Ooh! Ahh!’ All that stuff.”

The 2016 Tarkanian Classic is coming up on December 15-20 in Las Vegas. The tournament is named after legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, who spent 38 years as a college basketball head coach. His 988 career wins are the most ever counting all divisions, including 778 wins at the Division 1 level.

As usual, the 2016 Tarkanian Classic has a stacked lineup of teams, including powerhouses like Bishop Gorman, Mater Dei, Crossroads, Chino Hills, and many more. Nationally ranked guys like Charles O’Bannon Jr., Shareef O’Neal, Marvin Bagley, Cody Rile, and Remy Martin, are expected to put their talents on display. They’ll join a long listed of talented players to play in the tournament, like Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Briscoe, and Stanley Johnson.


Check out the video recap from a past Tarkanian Classic to see the insane talent level that shows up for the tournament. As a tournament sponsor, Eastbay will be on the scene so we’ll see you in Vegas later this week!