Three South Florida basketball teams have been selected to the famous City of Palms Classic.
Blanche Ely and Northeast will be participating in the Classic Bracket while Westminster Academy will face some of the top teams in Florida in the Sunshine Series.
The City of Palms Classic is known to be one of the nations most prestigious tournaments year in and year out. The Classic has produced some of the Miami Heat’s top players, including Udonis Haslem, Bam Adebayo, and Derick Jones Jr.
Success is nothing new for the three teams representing South Florida in this year’s classic. Blanche Ely has participated in the classic multiple times, while Northeast and Westminster Academy finished their 2019-2020 campaigns with 21 and 20 wins respectively.
“We are very excited,” Northeast combo-guard Wesley Cardet told 305Sports. “It’ll make us realize that we all got something to prove and it’s going to make us play harder throughout the school year since we are now on that national stage.”
In a tournament that was once won by the Vernon Carey and Scottie Barnes duo at University School, it looks like a new wave of South Florida powerhouses will be joining the mix.
Northeast, led by four-star Wesley Cardet and 2023 forwards Matthew and Ryan Bewley, the Hurricanes are on pace to remain a powerful program for years to come.
Westminster Academy should also make some noise throughout the Classic, led by highly recruited 2022 forward Ben Middlebrooks and 2022 guard Kaleb Walters.
The City of Palms Classic will surely be a test for all teams participating in it this upcoming basketball season. As for South Florida prospects, those involved will have the chance to show their top talent against some of nations better squads.