Posted On: 12/29/20 6:00 AM

It's the first holiday season we haven’t been able to get out and to watch high school basketball during covid-19. So I sat and thought about the best tournaments I attended and coached in during the holiday tournament season. What made them special and the first memory that pops to me when I hear it. 


Public League Holiday Tournament

Location: Chicago State University 

Not so long-ago CPS would host two tournaments.  One during the holidays and the other in March. The holiday tournaments would be handpicked of who's who in the league playing games at the Jacoby Dickens Center. A lot of times it would be the first or second time to see the best players the Chicago Public league had to offer all on the same day.


Favorite Memory 

One of the better CPS games I watched was in 2007 when Farragut and Simeon battled in front of at the Memphis head coach John Calipari. Derrick Rose (Simeon) and Micheal Dunigan (Farragut) led teams in a back-and-forth game early on with Farragut getting the win. I don’t think I have ever seen Chicago State that crowded ever.


Hospitality Room




Big Dipper Tournament

Location: Rich

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