23rd Annual Shop & Save KMOX Shootout Field is set

<p>The Shop and Save KMOX Shootout traditionally has been the top one-day high school basketball event in the country. This year, the 23rd annual edition appeared loaded with some of the top high teams and players in the country coming to St. Louis on December 11th at the Savvis Center.

The Blackhawks finished 25-3 last season after being upset by Downers Grove South in the sectional semifinals. They lost Marquette signee Dameon Mason to graduation, but still have plenty of talent. They welcome back two big players ranked among the top 100 in the country. 6-5 guard Justin Cerasoli, who averaged 14 points per game, committed to Seton Hall. He is a McDonald's All-American candidate. 6-9 center Shaun Pruitt, who missed the first 2 1/2 months of last season due to a broken leg, committed to Illinois. They also return 6-2 senior Jaeh Thomas, who averaged ten points per game. The Blackhakws lost to Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach 69-62 in overtime in last year's KMOX Shootout

Illinois verbal Shaun Pruitt

Last year, McDonald's All-Americans Brandon Bass (LSU) and J.R. Giddens (Kansas) both played in the Shootout. These two raised the number of McDonald's All-American to 72. Former Shootout alumni Chris Bosh, Brian Cook and Keith Bogans were selected in the 2003 Draft, raising the number of NBA draft picks to 67.

The games look to be very competitive, especially the national contests.

I'll be attending the Shop and Save KMOX Shootout and having recaps of all the games.

10:30 am Wildwood (MO) Lafayette vs. Kirkwood (MO) St. John Vianney

12:00 pm St. Joseph's (MO) vs. Granite City (IL) GIRLS

1:30 pm Webster Groves (MO) vs. Portland (TN)

3:00 pm Belleville (IL) West vs. Jackson (MS) Lanier

4:30 pm Aurora (IL) West Aurora vs. St. Louis (MO) Chaminade

6:00 pm East St. Louis (IL) vs. Hazelwood (MO) Central

7:30 pm Peoria (IL) Central vs. Seagoville (TX)

9:00 pm Durham (NC) Mount Zion Christian Academy vs. South Kent (CT) Prep

The 10:30 contest features two Missouri teams as the Lafayette Lancers versus the St. John Vianney Golden Griffins

Shootout tickets may be purchased at the Savvis Center box office, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $12, $17 and $22.

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