Chick-Fil-A Classic Preview

The annual Chick-Fil-A Classic has become famed for its small town environment and big-time hoops, and the tournament is even more loaded this year than usual. A national field will compete against top local clubs to showcase gifted seniors and underclassmen.

Where: Columbia, S.C. (Richland Northeast High School)

When: Dec. 19-21, 23

Reporting Staff: Rob Harrington

Top Players: Brandone Francis, Dante Buford, Nate Mason, D.J. Russell, Theo Pinson, B.J. Stith, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Shelton Mitchell, Rokas Gustys, Trevor Manuel, Terrence Phillips, Lance Tejada, Dwayne Morgan, Thon Maker, Derrick Jones, C.J. Turman, Ahmed Hill, Doral Moore, Temarcus Blanton, Marcus Stroman, Jalek Felton, Seventh Woods, Willie Jackson, Jakeenan Gant, James Demery, Tevin Mack, Damontre Jefferson.

Looking Forward To: Take your pick. The intrigue extends to nearly every matchup throughout the weekend. There are two divisions, with one featuring larger schools and the other smaller academies, but the field is both loaded and concentrated.

For seniors, both Francis and Pinson appear to be borderline McDonald's players, so this weekend will be significant for both. In the underclassman realm, is top junior Doral Moore (No. 21 nationally) ready to step into the truly elite range?

Among sophomores, Maker hopes to leave a mark as a potential No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2016. And some promising freshmen also are attending, including Russell (early Miami commitment) and Felton.

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