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The field has grown to 80 programs for the fourth annual The Classic at Damien presented by Mark Christopher Auto Center.
An additional 16 teams will take part in the December 26-30, event with the creation of a fifth “Green” bracket of play to join the top Platinum, along with the Gold, Silver, and Bronze divisions.
The first three rounds of games will be played December 26, 27, and 28, with the field taking the 29th (Sunday) off and resuming play on the 30th with 40 games. Each of the five championship contests will be played on the Damien campus.
Games will be held at Damien’s two on campus facilities, the Athletic Center and the Event Center, as well as on the near-by campuses of San Dimas and Bonita high schools, Ramona Middle School, the University of La Verne and Life Pacific University.
Among those programs returning for what will again be the strongest event of its kind in the west are 2018 Platinum champion Rancho Christian – led by the No. 1 player in the country and 2018 Classic at Damien Most Outstanding Player,7-foot, USC-bound Evan Mobley-as well as fellow 2018 Platinum participants Birmingham, Chino Hills, Damien, Etiwanda, Fairfax, Rancho Verde and St. John Bosco.
Among the newcomers to the event is Sierra Canyon, which returns starters in Terran Frank and Amari Bailey from its 2018 California State Open Division champion. Coach Andre Chevalier’s program has been joined by some high-profile newcomers, notably projected 2020 McDonald’s All-Americans in Ziaire Williams (who was an all-tourney selection, with Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, here in 2018 and B.J. Boston (who came from Norcross in Georgia and is committed to signing with Kentucky in November), as well as sons of NBA legends LeBron James of the Lakers (freshman Bronny James) and the recently retired Dwyane Wade (senior Zaire Wade).
The fields in each bracket will be announced during the week of October 28, with the matchups unveiled approximately on December 1.
Besides its usual contingent of elite Southern California-based programs, The Classic at Damien field is also joined by three of Northern California’s top programs in Salesian (Richmond), Dublin and Jesuit (Carmichael near Sacramento), as well as programs from Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii and Florida.
Platinum remains the top division, followed by Gold, Silver, and Bronze, and Green brackets which will result in five championship games being competed for on the final day of the event. The fields in each bracket will be announce the week of October 28 and the matchups the week of December 1.
Salesian returns the bulk of the squad that was 31-1 and No 1 in the California Open ratings before being upset in the NorCal Regional semifinals.
Federal Way (the campus near Seattle) was 26-3 and a Washington State 4A semifinalist (losing to eventual champion Gonzaga Prep) last spring.
Dillard of Fort Lauderdale was 21-7 last season and will field one of the strongest ‘non prep school’ squads in Florida in 2019-2020.
Two more event newcomers, Maryknoll and Damien (both located in Honolulu), were the respective Hawaii State Division I & II champions last spring.
Three programs in the 2019 Classic field, Sierra Canyon (Open), Chino Hills (Division 1) and Ribet Academy (Division 4), won State championships last March while a fourth, Colony (Division II), was a runner-up.
Six of the field’s programs were California Sectional titlists last spring: Sierra Canyon (Southern Section Open), Colony (SS 2A), Rolling Hills Prep (SS3AA), Ribet Academy (SS 4A, Fairfax (L.A. City Open) and Salesian (North Coast Section Division 3).
Sixteen of the 2019 programs were each a part of the first three The Classic at Damien fields.
Six players from the 2019 event participants have already committed to signing National Letters of Intent with NCAA-Division 1 programs in November: Evan Mobley (USC) and Dominick Harris (Gonzaga) of Rancho Christian; Keith Dinwiddie (San Diego State) of Fairfax; Camren Pierce (Cal Poly/SLO) of Etiwanda; Julian Strawther (Gonzaga) of Henderson (NV Liberty and Wynton Brown (Northern Arizona) of St. John Bosco.
Other sponsors that the event is partnering with include: IDW (Innovative Design Works), State Farm Insurance, Clippers, James Litho Printing, Vanllee Hotel and Suites, Funky Monkey, Pacific Western Bank, and US Bank.
Each team entered will play four games over the four day elite affair.
2019 The Classic at Damien participating schools:
Alta Loma Arroyo Birmingham
Bonita Bosco Tech Calvary Baptist
Campbell Hall Canyon Anaheim Central Fresno
Chaminade Charter Oak Chino Hills
Clark (Las Vegas) Colony Culver City
Damien Damien (Honolulu) Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) Dublin (NorCal)
Eisenhower Etiwanda Federal Way (Washington)
Fairfax Glendora Heritage Christian
Hesperia Hillcrest Jesuit (NorCal)
Kaiser Kamehameha No.1 Kamehameha No.2
Keppel King Drew La Canada
Leuzinger Liberty (Las Vegas) Long Beach Poly
Los Osos Maryknoll (Honolulu) Moorpark
Norco Northview North Riverside
Pasadena Pomona Ponderosa
Portland Westview Rancho Christian Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Verde Redondo Rialto
Ribet Academy Rolling Hills Prep Roosevelt (Eastvale)
Rowland Salesian (Richmond) Salesian (LA)
San Dimas San Marcos (Santa Barbara) Santa Clarita Christian
Schurr Shadow Hills Sierra Canyon
South Hills St. Bernard St.Francis
St. John Bosco St. Paul St.PiusX/St.Matthias
Sun Valley Poly Valencia Vallivue (Idaho)
Village Christian Washington Prep Western Christian
West Torrance Windward