Previewing the Beach Ball Classic on CSN, CSN+

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The Beach Ball Classic, one of the premier high school basketball holiday tournaments in the country, returns to CSN and CSN+ this year as some of the top players and teams in the country square off in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31.

Since 1981, the Beach Ball Classic has taken four teams from South Carolina and put them in a tournament with teams from all over the country as the event has grown to a 16-team field loaded with star power.

This year's field includes a couple of juggernaut programs including defending national champion Montverde (FL), and defending state champions from West Virginia (Poca), Georgia (St. Francis). Other notable programs include legendary California program Mater Dei as well as St. John's College Prep in Washington D.C.

10 Players to Watch

Tony Bradley, Bartow (FL) - The senior center is a North Carolina commit and is making a strong push for the McDonald's All-American game with his start to the season.

T.J. Gibbs, Seton Hall (NJ) - The younger brother of UConn guard Sterling Gibbs, T.J. is a senior guard committed to Notre Dame and a consensus top-100 prospect.

M.J. Cage, Mater Dei (CA) - NBA fans will recognize this senior center's name, as the Oregon commit is the son of former 15-year NBA veteran Michael Cage. 

Michael Bibby, Shadow Mountain (AZ) - More NBA bloodlines enter the field as the son of former NBA star Mike Bibby is one of the better unsigned senior guards on the west coast.

Rowan "RJ" Barrett, Montverde (FL) - Just a freshman, this 6-foot-6 lefty is already in the starting lineup for a defending national champion and could be a big-time prospect in the next few years.

Howard Washington, Montverde (FL) -  A senior point guard and Butler commit, Washington is one of the best passers in all of high school basketball.

Jalek Felton, Mullins (SC) - The nephew of Dallas Mavericks guard Ray Felton, Jalek is one of the nation's elite juniors and he's committed to North Carolina just like his uncle.

Kobi Simmons, St. Francis (GA) - One of the best unsigned seniors in the country, this potential McDonald's All-American guard took official visits to Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV during the fall.

Jakolby Long, Mustang (OK) - A rugged and physical lefty, the Iowa State commit is a high-level perimeter scorer and perhaps the best senior in Oklahoma.

Anthony Cowan, St. John's (DC) - A consensus top-100 senior, Cowan is committed to Maryland and he's one of the best floor generals in the country.

Here is the schedule of games for the Beach Ball Classic that can be found on CSN and CSN PLUS:

For more information on the event, including the tournament bracket, be sure to check out their website.

Sat, Dec. 26

CSN
2:30 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  Montverde (FL) vs Socastee (SC)  (LIVE)
4:15 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  St. Francis (GA) vs Poca (WV)   (LIVE)
6:00 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  Seton Hall (NJ) vs St. James (SC)  (LIVE)
7:45 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  Moeller (OH) vs Mullins (SC)  (LIVE)

Sun, Dec. 27

CSN+
4:00 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  Teams TBA  (LIVE)

Mon, Dec. 28

CSN+
2:30 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Bartow (FL) vs East Jackson (GA)  (LIVE)
4:15 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Shadow Mountain (AZ) vs St. Edward (OH)   (LIVE)
6:00 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Mustang (OK) vs St. John’s (DC)   (LIVE)
7:45 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Mater Dei (CA) vs Myrtle Beach (SC)   (LIVE)

Tue, Dec. 29

CSN+
4:00 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Game #14 Teams TBA  (LIVE)
9:00 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Game #15 (Delay from 6p)
10:45 p.m.  Beach Ball Classic:  Game #16 (Delay from 7:45p)

Wed, Dec. 30

CSN+
2:30 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Game #20 Teams TBA  (LIVE)
4:15 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Game #21 Teams TBA  (LIVE)
9:00 p.m.    Beach Ball Classic:  Game #22 Teams TBA  (Delay from 6 p.m.)
10:45 p.m.  Beach Ball Classic:  Game #23 Teams TBA  (Delay from 7:45 p.m.)

Thu, Dec. 31

CSN
12:30 p.m.   Beach Ball Classic:  Consolation Bracket Championship  (LIVE)
2:30 p.m.     Beach Ball Classic:  5th Place Game  (LIVE)

CSN+
4:30 p.m.       Beach Ball Classic:  3rd Place Game  (LIVE)
6:30 p.m.       Beach Ball Classic:  Championship Game  (LIVE)

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