State Champions and Top Players Headline 2014 Steel City Invitational
The field is set for the 2nd annual Steel City Invitational, the state’s premier regular season high school basketball tournament hosted by the Birmingham Tip Off Club on December 19-22 at Samford University.
The inaugural Steel City Invitational made an immediate impact on high school boy’s basketball in Alabama, and the second-year event features an even stronger field, including four of last year’s six state champions and eight Final 48 participants.
“The Birmingham Tip-Off Club is proud to host what is quickly becoming the premier high school basketball event in the state and one of the top tournaments in the Southeast,” said Hunter Strickler, President of the Birmingham Tip Off Club. “The feedback we received last year from players, fans and coaches was overwhelmingly positive, and we’re looking forward to an even stronger and more exciting field this year.”
The slate of 16 teams is anchored by Parker High School, which captured the 2014 5A State Championship as well as the 2013 Steel City Invitational Championship. Other state champions from 2014 participating in this year’s tournament are Mountain Brook (6A), Midfield (3A), and St. Jude (1A). The field also includes Hoover, Theodore, Grissom, Tuscaloosa County, Clay-Chalkville, Bessemer City, Ramsay, Faith Academy, Fairfield, Wenonah, J.O. Johnson, and Bibb County.
“We are thrilled to participate again this year in the Steel City Invitational,” Parker High School Head Coach Reginald McGary said. “Our kids played exceptionally well in last year’s tournament, and I fully expect an even higher level of competition this December.”
Not only will this tournament have top teams, but the top players in the state will be participating as well. Players Dazon Ingram (Theodore), John Petty (J.O. Johnson), Cletrell Pope (Tuscaloosa County), TaWarren Grant (Mountain Brook) and Hasan Abdullah (Clay-Chalkville) will each provide great talents and leadership for their respective teams. More information will be released on the individual players as the tournament approaches.
The Steel City Invitational is a three-day, four-round bracket-style tournament with a winners and losers bracket. All teams are guaranteed of playing at least one game each of the three days (Friday, Saturday and Monday). The teams playing in the semi-finals on Saturday will play a total of four games during the tournament.
For more information on the tournament, including sponsorship and community support information, please contact Michael Eady at firstname.lastname@example.org. Matchups and game times will be posted at www.SteelCityHoops.com and communicated through social media in the fall of 2014.