City of Palms & Maxpreps Holiday Classic Preview!
National Grassroots Editor
Ronnie has evaluated basketball talent for 20 years and has over 15 years of experience in publishing, editing and managing high school sports websites for companies such as Student Sports, ESPN and Ballislife. Ronnie compiles the FAB 50 National Team Rankings while serving as an account manager and consultant for grassroots event run by Ballislife and other companies, in addition to serving as a color commentator on high school broadcasts.
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In this Ballislife.com exclusive, USBWA Hall of Famer Frank Burlison of BurlisononBasketball.com talks with Grassroots National Editor Ronnie Flores about the Tarkanian Classic and previews the upcoming City of Palms Classic (Ft. Myers, Fla.) Dec. 18-23 and the Maxpreps Holiday Classic (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Dec. 26-30.
The City of Palms Classic will feature 10 teams currently ranked in the FAB 50 National Team Rankings powered by Ballislife.com. Burlison gives some perspective on the tournament and predicts a Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Chaminade (Mo.) championship final. Montverde Academy is the top-ranked team in the FAB 50, while Chaminade checks in at No. 12.
No. 9 Chino Hills (Calif.), which could meet Montverde Academy in the City of Palms quarterfinals, is one of three FAB 50-ranked teams along with three bubble teams participating at the Maxpreps Holiday Classic. It could be a Chino Hills vs. No. 32 Moreau Catholic (Calif.) semifinals in the desert, with the winner potentially taking on No. 22 Bentonville (Ark.) in the open division championship final.
Bentonville lost last week on the road to Chaminade.
Look for exclusive Ballislife.com content and video from both holiday tournaments.