Annual N2Hoops Tournament Tips-Off Holiday Season
MADISON- The field is set and the excitement building for the seventh annual N2Hoops Invitational scheduled for Nov. 21-23 at Bob Jones High. Sponsored by the law firm Martinson and Beason, the three-day event will again feature 16 of the top boys high school basketball teams in the immediate area plus teams from both Georgia and Mississippi.
“We expect another great atmosphere and some exciting match-ups this year,” said Luther Tiggs, Tournament Director and head coach of the Bob Jones basketball program. “Our goal is to have a variety of teams from different regions to see different styles of play. If you have success in this tournament, you have to feel good about your success with your team moving forward.”
The tourney will be loaded with college prospects with numerous college coaches in attendance. Teams who captured Area and Regional Championships, as well as, Final Four appearances will be among the squads hitting the two gym floors at Bob Jones.
Defending champion Sparkman won its championship trophy by sliding by Mae Jemison 65-56 in overtime. The Senators’ victory featured coming back from an eight-point second half deficit. Sparkman has declined its invitation to play in defense of its title, which means a new champion will be crowned at the title game scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Admission will be $10 per day and tickets must be purchased via S2pass. A limited number of reserved sideline seating will be available. For details and to reserve special sideline seating, contact Tiggs at 256-783-1581.
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The field for the 2022 N2Hoops Invitational includes two state runner-up squads and one Final 4 team, plus others which captured its Area Championship. Individual players expected to play include a bevy of Div. 1 prospects and others who are highly sought-after elite talents.
Here’s a rundown of the field of 16 including head coach, 2021-2022 record, accomplishments from last season and players to watch:
Alexander Cougars– Douglasville, Ga., Jason Slate, 24-5, Class 6-A Sweet 16, Noah Nelson (UTC commit), Braedan Liue (D-1 offers); Austin Black Bears– Decatur, Desmond Phillips, 20-12, Class 7-A, NW Regional, Cameron Collins; Bob Jones Patriots- Madison, Luther Tiggs, 15-16, Class 7-A, Sean Paul, Malachi Mitchell, Julius Winston, Khani Chilufya, Sawyer Griffin, Sean Morgan; Canton Tigers- Canton, Miss., Brian Townsend, 18-8, Class 5-A, DeAthony Lewis, DeAndre Lewis, Jamarion Fleming; Columbia Eagles- Huntsville, Justin Johnson, 12-16, Class 6-A, Keshawn Watkins, Jacoby Eddy; Eufaula Tigers- Eufaula, Mike Smith, 31-4, Class 5-A, Area Champs-Elite 8; Florence Falcons- Florence, Anthony Reid, 19-9, Class 7-A, Jordyn Durley, Elijah Causly; Haleyville Lions- Haleyville, Dylan Burleson, 24-8, Class 4-A, Area Champs-Final 4; Hartselle Tigers- Hartselle, Faron Key, 17-15, Class 6-A, Area runner-up, Kiah Key (Millsaps offer); Hazel Green Trojans- Hazel Green, Jeremey Crutcher, 19-11, Class 6-A, Area Champs, NW Regional participant, Jalen Bright, Terrence Pruitt, Jr.; Huffman Vikings- Birmingham, Steve Ward, 29-7, Class 6-A, State Runner-up, Peyton Wiggins, Brian Brown; Mae Jemison Jaguars- Huntsville, Howard Pride, 19-12, Class 6-A, NW Regional participant; Ramsay Rams- Birmingham, Denton Johnson, 25-10, Class 5-A, State Runner-up, Kerrington Kiel (Troy commit), Jaylen Jones (Montevallo commit), Jayden Jones (UAB offer); W.S. Neal Eagles- Brewton, Mike Miller, 8-22, Class 3-A, JonJon McCants, A.J. Tompkins; Wenonah Dragons- Birmingham, Cedric Lane, 21-9, Class 5-A, Area Champs, Sweet 16, DeSean Sellers, Milton Jones (D-1 offers), Jeff Duncan; Westminster Wildcats- Ronnie Stapler, 27-6, Class 4-A, Area Champions, NE Regional participant, Chase McCarty, Jackson Hammond.