MANSFIELD, OH - Some of the nation's top boys high school basketball teams from throughout the U.S. and Canada will showcase their talent at the Evolving Through Love Basketball Classic Saturday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 3 at Pete Henry Gymnasium at Mansfield Senior High School.
The teams competing in this year's tournament are Mansfield Senior, Capitol Christian Academy - Upper Marlboro, MD (2017 Maryland Private School Runners-Up), Racine Park High School - Racine, WI, St. Michael's College School - Toronto, ON (2017 Canada OFSAA AAA Champions), Northeastern Prep Academy - Philadelphia, PA, First Love Christian Academy - Washington, PA (2017 NCSSA Division 1 National Champions); and Horizon Christian Academy - Ft. Wayne, IN (2017 NCSSA Division 2 National Champions).
Basketball Finders and Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics are partnering with Evolving Through Love for this year's basketball classic. Basketball Finders is a multinational recruiting service consisting of former college coaches, top AAU coaches, and ambitious basketball enthusiasts. Scholastic Play-By-Play Classics has showcased dozens of current and future NBA stars including Lebron James and Kevin Durant.
"I want this tournament to provide a platform for players from a small town to get the same exposure during the regular season that a top AAU tournament would offer in the summer," said Lee.
The tournament will feature special guests. Professional basketball players and Mansfield Senior High graduates Ricky Minard Jr. and Todd Michael Jadlow, with SportsWorld.
Minard played for Tampereen Pyrinto of the Korisliiga. He was Morehead State's career scoring leader and was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round of the 2004 NBA Draft.
Todd Michael Jadlow played for the New Jersey Nets and played collegiately for the Indiana University Hoosiers from 1985 to 1989 under Hall of fame basketball coach Bob Knight and was part of its NCAA National Champion Team of 1987.
The U.S. Army Recruiting Service and the 179th Airlift Wing Ohio Air National Guard are also collaborating with the Evolving Through Love Classic.
Fans can also enjoy a FREE "Kids Zone" featuring fun activities and a coloring contest with prizes sponsored by the Richland Outreach Center.
Tickets for the Classic are $12 for Adults and $6 for Students. Children 5 and under get in free. Tickets will be available at the door.