Thanksgiving Hoopfest Brings Top Players to Duncanville

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For the past four years, the nation’s top high school basketball players have flocked to Dallas to compete against each other and showcase their talent in front of notable coaches and scouts, fans, families in town for the holidays, and just the average ‘Joe’. This is the fourth year that these players have come to Duncanville to participate in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest.

According to Glenn Smith, the Hoop Fest organizer, Hoop Fest “helps to illustrate why Dallas is considered the new ‘mecca’ of basketball by putting the top teams for the Dallas/Fort Worth area against many of the top teams in the United States.”

Last year, the event attracted over 5,000 spectators, and included Texas’ most respected programs and top ranked teams from Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina. This year, the event is expected to draw an even larger crowd, and will feature defending state champions Dallas Kimball, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, TX), Frederick Douglass (Oklahoma) and Scotlandville (Louisiana).

“For the past two years, I have attended the Thanksgiving Hoop Fest. I have come away impressed with set-up and most importantly, the level of talent is terrific. I plan on making it part of my schedule each and every year,” said ESPN’s Director of Scouting, Paul Biancardi.

This year, Hoop Fest will feature some of the country’s top recruits including Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy), Mickey Mitchell (Prestonwood Christian Academy), Jerrell Martin (Madison Prep), Keith Frazier (Kimball), Matt Jones (Desoto), Jordan Mickey (Prime Prep), Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep), Karvair Sheppard (Prime Prep), Stevie Clark (Douglass), Melvin Swift (Yates), King McClure (Triple A Academy), Elijah Thomas (Rockwall), Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall) and Brandon Parrish (Seguin).

Some college coaches that have previously attended Hoop Fest include Bill Self from the University of Kansas, John Calipari from the University of Kentucky, Mike Krzyzewski (“Coach K”) from Duke University, Danny Manning from the University of Tulsa, Rick Barnes from the University of Texas, Scott Drew from Baylor University and Johnny Jones from Louisiana State University.

Other previous attendees include Andre Gurode, Justin Forsett, Perry Jones, Jason Terry, Caron Butler, John Wall, Quincy Miller and Dez Bryant.

Current sponsors of this year’s event include Nike, Gatorade, Arvest Bank, Kelley – Witherspoon, Nissan and Deuce Brand. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for those interested.

For more information on the Thanksgiving Hoopfest and/or D/FW Metroplex Hoops please visit their websites at www.thanksgivinghoopfest.com or www.metroplexhoops.com.

Duncanville is fresh off of the winning the Division 1 Gold Bracket Championship at the McDonald’s Invitational in Pasadena, Texas. Duncanville defeated DeSoto in the finals of that tournament. Currently Duncanville is ranked #3 in Class 5A, with Desoto right behind the Panthers at #4 in the Texas Association of High School Basketball Coaches.

Other top ranked team in the tournament include Arlington Seguin (4A, #1), Dallas Kimball (4A #8), Dallas Madison (3A #8), Plano Prestonwood (Large Private School #1), Richardson Berkner (5A #6), Richland (5A #15), South Grand Prairie (5A #9), (1A Div.1 #1), and West Mesquite (4A #3).

Duncanville is scheduled to play Dallas Madison at 8:30PM on Friday, November 23 and Prestonwood Christian Academy at 8:30PM on Saturday, November 24. You can view the entire schedule on the tournament website by clicking here.

Ticket for the event can be purchased at the Sandra Meadows box office on Friday, November 23. The first game on Friday starts at 11:30AM.