The city of Chicago has consistently been viewed as a breeder for some of the most sought-after basketball talent in the nation, recently producing the former No. 1 prospect in the country, Duke guard Jabari Parker, who will mark his homecoming when the Blue Devils battle Kansas at the United Center on Nov. 12.
But the foundation of producing star-power athletes like the aforementioned Parker lies in their four-year careers spent in high school, where their skills are realized and then shaped into the players fans grow to love.
Whitney Young and Simeon are and have been for many years, two of the most dominant high school programs in the state of Illinois. But coach Tyrone Slaughter of Young (producing top-prospect Jahlil Oakfor) and coach Robert Smith of Simeon (producing Parker and former league MVP Derrick Rose) decided to team up to create the Chicago Elite Classic which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the UIC Pavilion. The event will feature a collection of high school powerhouses from California, Nevada, Tennessee and Maryland. The 14 teams will compete in seven games on a national stage to finally crown the best in the nation.
In an exclusive unveiling of the schedule, SportsTalk Live host David Kapman sat down with both Slaughter and Smith.
Catch the full interview in the video above and the schedule listed below.
— Fenwick vs. Normal U-High
— St. Rita vs. Gonzaga College High (Washington, D.C.)
— Marion Catholic vs. Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Calif.)
— Benet Academy vs. Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
— Simeon vs. Hamilton (Memphis, Tenn.)
— Curie vs. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
— Whitney Young vs. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
The first game is set to start at 11 a.m.