The bracket has been released for next week’s Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield.
The announcement was made at a breakfast Thursday morning at Bass Pro Shops White River Conference Center.
The tournament, which was canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19, resumes this year with some of the best high school teams and players in the nation visiting Springfield January 13th, 14th and 15th.
The Nixa Eagles and Parkview Vikings basketball teams will represent southwest Missouri, with one other Missouri school, New Madrid County Central, in the eight team field.
One of the most watched teams in this year’s tournament will no doubt be Sierra Canyon High School out of Chatsworth, California.
The Trailblazers boast Bronny James, the son of NBA legend Lebron James, and Amari Bailey.
Included in this year’s field are Whitney Young from Chicago, Illinois, Milton High School from Georgia, Paul VI from Chantilly, Virginia, and Rainier Beach from Seattle, Washington.
Here are the matchups for opening round games on Thursday, January 13th:
4:30 p.m.——-Whitney Young vs. New Madrid County Central
6:00 p.m.——-Sierra Canyon vs. Springfield Parkview
7:30 p.m.——-Nixa vs. Milton
9:00 p.m.——-Paul VI vs. Rainier Beach
On Friday, consolation bracket semfinal games will be played at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with the winner’s bracket semi’s taking place at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday’s action gets started with the seventh place game at 2:30 p.m., followed by the consolation finals at 4:00 p.m.
The Great Southern Bank Slam Dunk contest gets underway at 6:00 p.m., followed by the third place game at 7:00 p.m. and the championship game at 9:00 p.m.
The semifinal, third place and championship games will be live-streamed on ESPN+.