2012 MLK Basketball Classic
Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Arizona State University
Schedule: 11 a.m.: Chandler vs. Dobson (girls); 12:30 p.m.: St. Mary's vs. Los Angeles Windward (girls); 2 p.m.: Westwood vs. Desert Mountain (boys); 3:30 p.m.: Pinnacle vs. Horizon (boys); 5:30 p.m.: Basha vs. Gilbert (boys); 7 p.m.: Hamilton vs. Corona del Sol (boys).
Players to watch: Chandler: Dezirae Elias, Sr., G; Simone Westbrook, Sr., G; Kylene Knutson, Sr., G; Dobson: Katherine Hamilton, Jr., F; Tori Lloyd, So., G; Miyah Leith, So., G; St. Mary's: Chantel Osahor, Jr., F; Shilpa Tummala, Sr., G; Courtney Ekmark, So., G; Windward: Courtney Jaco, Jr., G; Jordin Canada, So., G; Kristen Simon, So., F; Imani Stafford, Sr., F; Westwood: Luke Tingey, Sr., G; Alan Burgess, Sr., F; Gerardo Arzaga, Sr., F; Desert Mountain: Diego Magana, Jr., G; Anthony Tepedino, Sr., G; Basha: Torren Jones, Jr., F; Jaron Hopkins, Jr., G; Pinnacle: Drew Bender, Jr., F; Dorian Pickens, So., G; Hamilton: Eric Jacobsen, Sr., F; Corona del Sol: Calaen Robinson, Sr., G; Avery Moss, Sr., F.
Outlook: The 9th edition of this popular holiday tournament takes place at ASU, Grand Canyon University (where Pinnacle and Peoria Tolleson girls face each other along with three other Phoenix and West Valley matchups) and the University of Arizona for Tucson-area high schools.
The girls matchups at ASU will be scintillating, as a couple of the better local schools in Dobson and Chandler open the tournament.
The second game features two nationally-ranked teams in St. Mary's (No. 1 in Arizona, No. 3 in the country according to MaxPreps.com) against Los Angeles Windwood (No. 3 in California, No. 4 in the country according to MaxPreps.com).
The final two boys games of the night should also be the best of the bunch.
Basha is loaded with talent in Jaron Hopkins, Torren Jones and co., but must rebound from a loss to Highland last week, but must face a good Gilbert team that will need to handle the Bears' pressure defense.
The nightcap could be the best of the day (boys or girls) as Hamilton-Corona del Sol is a matchup of top-10 teams in Division I.
All games except the St. Mary's-Windward game will count towards each school's power points.
Remember that tipoff times become more approximate as the day goes on because of previous games occasionally run long.