Pearce part of National Hoopfest that pits the best in U.S. against the best in Dallas
Guyer junior guard De’Vion Harmon (11) shoots the ball against Odessa Permian Basin. Denton Guyer triumphed over Odessa Permian Basin 58–48 at the Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center in Fort Worth on Friday. , Friday, March, 2, 2018, Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Jake King/DRC ORG XMIT: txder
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Richardson JJ Pearce post Drew Timme (2) winces as he drives hard to the basket as he is defended by Trinity Christian forward Tyreek Smith (12) during first half action. The two teams played in the annual Thanksgiving Hoopfest held in the Sandra Meadows Arena on the campus of Duncanville High School in Duncanville on November 24, 2017. (Steve Hamm/Special Contributor)
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South Garland’s Chris Harris Jr. (2) is fouled by Silsbee’s Shan Gilder (14) during their high school boys basketball game at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Duncanville on Nov 23, 2018. (Michael Ainsworth/Special Contributor)
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South Garland’s Tyrese Maxey (3) passes the ball past Silsbee players Landyn Tayler, left, Braelon Bush (4) and Devon McClain (3) during their high school boys basketball game at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Duncanville on Nov 23, 2018. (Michael Ainsworth/Special Contributor)
Travis Haddock surveyed the country eight years ago and found the answer he was looking for: his idea for a multi-city basketball tournament, featuring the best teams in the country, was an original one.
“I thought it would work,” Haddock said, “and it did. Thank goodness.”
Eight years later, the ARS/Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest is still in existence. And this weekend it’ll make its fourth-annual trip to the Dallas-area. The tournament will feature national powerhouses Dematha (MD), IMG Academy (FL), Sunrise Christian (KS), Huntington Prep (WV) and Chicago Simeon.
Dallas is one of four stops on this year’s tournament tour. The tournament already played in the D.C. area. After Dallas, it will head to Memphis and Tampa.
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According to Haddock, the CEO of National Hoopfest, there’s a reason why the tournament keeps returning to Dallas.
“It’s simple: Dallas teams are excellent,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent and they play hard.”
There will be seven combined games on Friday and Saturday at Waxahachie High School. Each game will feature a national team against a local team. Haddock said the tournament is a unique opportunity for people to see the nation’s best talent in a series of games.
The tournament will also showcase plenty of local talent, including Richardson Pearce’s Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Denton Guyer’s De’Vion Harmon (Oklahoma) and the South Garland duo of Chris Harris Jr. (Texas A&M) and Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky).
Haddock also wanted local fans and teams to know something.
“The national teams are fired up to come in there,” Haddock said of Dallas.
Tickets for the tournament, which also serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, are listed at $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. The full schedule is below:
Friday, Dec. 14
6:30 p.m. Desoto vs IMG Academy (FL)
8:00 p.m. Waxahachie vs. Huntington Prep (WV)
Saturday, Dec. 15
2:00 p.m. Chicago Simeon vs JJ Pearce
3:30 p.m. Huntington Prep (WV) vs Lancaster
5:00 p.m. South Garland vs Sunrise Christian (KS)
6:30 p.m. Dematha (MD) vs Denton-Guyer
8:00 p.m. IMG Academy (FL) vs Waxahachie
You can learn more information about the tournament on its website.
Originally published at sportsday.dallasnews.com on December 13, 2018.