Ballin’! Tomorrow’s Pros Hit the Court at HoopFest

DUNCANVILLE — HoopFest 2016 tipped off in Duncanville Friday, and just watching these elite high schoolers tear up the court might be enough to help burn off that turkey and pumpkin pie.

The annual holiday tourney draws together some of the best teams in the nation and is ranked by USA Today as one of the top ten high school basketball tournaments in the country.

“We bring in some of the best teams from around the country, best teams and players and we bring them here to Dallas which is one of the new hotbeds for basketball talent,” said the director of the tournament, Glenn Smith. “Texas just isn’t a football state anymore. Some of the best basketball players are coming out of here, as well.”

Yeah, and current NBA stars like Emmanuel Mudiay, Julius Randle, and Marcus Smart have all played at this tourney.

There may have been some future pros on the court Friday, too as Little Rock Hall edged out Prestonwood Christian in a thrilling opening contest.

“It’s big, it’s big,” said Little Rock Hall senior, Isaac Beal. “I like the atmosphere. I like the teams. I like the people and, it’s fun.”

This was also the first year that the ladies got a chance to hoop it up at this tournament.

“Big addition with the girls, I’m really excited about that,” said Smith. “I got lucky and got some of the best girl teams that are around, with some of the best players in the country as well, so I’m really excited about that and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

The tourney runs all the way through Saturday, and it’s worth a look since tomorrow’s All-Stars might be the ones dominating in Duncanville today.