The field is officially set for Stephen Jackson's Battle in the Bluff high school basketball showcase.
The event – presented by Showtime basketball and, in its second year, being held Dec. 9-11 at Bartlett High School – will feature 37 games, making it one of the largest of its kind in the country, according to Iverson Classic CEO Bobby Bates. Teams recently added include Simeon Career Academy (Chicago), Bull City Prep (North Carolina), Elevation Prep (Indiana) and Milwaukee Academy of Science.
COVID-19 limited the event’s debut schedule to fewer than a dozen games. Bates said this year’s Battle in the Bluff will rival other longstanding high school basketball showcases such as the Hoophall Classic and the City of Palms Classic.
“If you look top to bottom and you know the space, we’re deeper than both of those events,” Bates said. “Even the old Arby’s Classic in (Johnson City), we’re not talking anywhere close to the same. Look at this way, this is by far bigger than our state tournament. And moving forward, it’s going to be much, much bigger.”
Headlining the collection of scheduled participants are four of the top 10 Class of 2022 recruits in the country and seven of the top 50, according to 247Sports Composite.
Five-star Kentucky commit Cason Wallace (No. 6) will represent Richardson (Texas), will be joined by fellow five-stars Arkansas commit Nick Smith (No. 8), uncommitted Yohan Traore (No. 9) and Cane Ridge's Alabama pledge Adam Miller (No. 10), the top-ranked recruit in Tennessee. Smith's teammate at North Little Rock, Kel'El Ware (No. 20) is an Oregon commitment, while Chance Westry (No. 30) is committed to Auburn. Hillcrest Prep's Kamari Lands, the 48th-ranked recruit in the country, is uncommitted. Like Traore, Lands is being heavily recruited by Memphis coach Penny Hardaway.
In addition to Miller, the Battle in the Bluff will also feature the top four 2022 prospects in Tennessee: Knoxville Catholic's B.J. Edwards (Tennessee signee), Christian Brothers' Chandler Jackson (Florida State signee), and Bartlett's Amarr Knox (uncommitted former Memphis pledge).
Much of Memphis' high school talent pool will be represented, as MUS stars Curtis Givens III and R'Chaun King, Briarcrest duo Jaye Nash and Cooper Haynes, and Memphis East standouts Alijah Curry and Billy Richmond III are expected to be on display.
Shaedon Sharpe, formerly the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class, was set to participate as a member of Dream City Christian's roster. But, last month, Sharpe reclassified, signed with Kentucky and plans to join the Wildcats ahead of the spring semester.
As much star power as the Battle in the Bluff will feature, Bates is just as excited about the opportunities the event will potentially afford many of the under-the-radar players on hand.
"One of the goals was always to create a platform so large that for some of the local kids that might not play on the biggest AAU team or what have you, that they could be part of something special ... to put the eyeballs on them and spark recruitment," he said.
Battle in the Bluff schedule
All games at Bartlett High School
Court 1 (McDonald's Arena)
3 p.m.: Bull City Prep vs. Elevation Prep
4:15 p.m.: Tennessee Prep vs. Minnesota Prep
5:30 p.m.: Memphis East vs. Knoxville Catholic
7 p.m.: Hamilton Heights vs. Southern California Academy
8:15 p.m.: Bartlett vs. Christian Brothers
Court 2 (Farley Gym)
4:30 p.m.: New Faith Christian Academy vs. Briarcrest Christian
6 p.m.: NSU University School vs. First Assembly Christian School
7:30 p.m.: Memphis University School vs. Spring Creek Academy
2:30 p.m.: Universal Academy vs. NSU University School
4 p.m.: Memphis East vs. Christian Brothers College (Missouri)
5:15 p.m.: Dream City Christian vs. West Oaks Academy
6:30 p.m.: Richardson vs. Kenwood Academy
7:45 p.m.: Combine Academy vs. Southern California Academy
9 p.m.: Hillcrest Prep vs. Hamilton Heights
2:30 p.m.: Tennessee Prep vs. Bull City Prep
4 p.m.: Minnesota Prep vs. Premier Academy
5:15 p.m.: Bartlett vs. Knoxville Catholic
6:30 p.m.: Milwaukee Academy of Science vs. Hamilton High
7:45 p.m.: iSchool of Lewsiville vs. Elevation Prep
9 p.m.: Spring Creek vs. White Station
10:30 a.m.: Christian Brothers vs. NSU University School
11:45 a.m.: Knoxville Catholic vs. Memphis University School
1 p.m.: Goodpasture vs. Overton
2:15 p.m.: Simeon Career Academy vs. Milwaukee Academy of Science
3:30 p.m.: Cane Ridge vs. Kenwood Academy
5 p.m.: North Little Rock vs. Richardson
6:15 p.m.: Hamilton Heights vs. West Oaks
7:30 p.m.: Combine Academy vs. Hillcrest Prep
9 p.m.: Bartlett vs. Dream City Christian
11 a.m.: Lausanne vs. White Station
12:15 p.m.: Tennessee Prep vs. iSchool of Lewisville
1:30 p.m.: Bull City Prep vs. Minnesota Prep
2:45 p.m.: Marion vs. Universal Academy
4 p.m.: Evangelical Christian School vs. Jackson South Side
5:15 p.m.: Premier Academy vs. Briarcrest
6:30 p.m.: Gateway Legacy Christian vs. Mitchell
7:45 p.m.: Provine vs. First Assembly Christian School
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This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Basketball recruiting: Cason Wallace headlines Battle in the Bluff participants
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