High School Basketball

Marquee matchups highlight opening day of Chick-fil-A Classic

Jalek Felton is the top ranked high school basketball player in South Carolina. Felton is playing at Gray Collegiate Academy for his senior season.
Jalek Felton is the top ranked high school basketball player in South Carolina. Felton is playing at Gray Collegiate Academy for his senior season. gmelendez@thestate.com

A matchup between two of South Carolina’s top prospects, and one featuring two of the Midlands’ top basketball programs highlight the opening day of the Chick-fil-A Classic at Richland Northeast.

Powerhouse programs Keenan and A.C. Flora will get things started on the first day of the tournament Dec. 20, and the night will be capped by Gray Collegiate facing Spartanburg Day.

Gray Collegiate features North Carolina signee Jalek Felton, the top prospect in South Carolina for Class of 2017, and Juwan Gary, a top-20 prospect for Class of 2019. Spartanburg Day counters with Zion Williamson, one of the top prospects in the country for the Class of 2018. Williamson, who scored 42 points in Spartanburg Day’s opener last week, has been offered by Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Clemson and South Carolina among his more than 20 offers.

Gray Collegiate and Spartanburg Day are part of the eight-team National Division, and the winners of the two games will meet in the semifinals Dec. 22. The rest of the National Division begins play Dec. 22 and other teams in bracket are Greensboro Day (N.C.), Hamilton Heights (Tenn.), Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) and La Lumiere (Ind.). La Lumiere has three of the top 100 seniors in the country, including Jaren Jackson, Brian Bowen and Michigan commit Jordan Poole.

Teams in American Division bracket are Blythewood, Porter-Gaud, Cannon School (N.C.), Lafayette Christian (La.), John Carroll School (Md.), Westlake (Ga.) and Wheeler (Ga.). Wheeler boasts a roster which includes Jordan Tucker, Louisville commit Darius Perry and Southern Cal commit Jordan Usher.

Championships of both divisions are set for Dec. 23. For the first time in the tournament’s history, a slam and 3-point dunk contest will take place and is set for Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.

Reserved seating for the tournament is sold out. General admission tickets can before the start of games each day and won’t be sold in advance.

Chick Fil-A Classic Schedule


Dec. 20

Game 2: Keenan vs. A.C. Flora, 7 p.m.

Game 4: Gray Collegiate vs. Spartanburg Day, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 21

Game 7: Greensboro Day (NC) vs. Hamilton Heights (Tenn.). 3 p.m.

Game 11: Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind), 6:10 p.m.

Dec. 22

Game 18: Greensboro Day/Hamilton Heights loser vs. Oldsmar Christian/La Lumiere loser, 4:55 p.m. (auxiliary gym)

Game 21: Greensboro Day/Hamilton Heights winner vs. Oldsmar Christian/La Lumiere winner, 7 p.m.

Game 22: Keenan/A.C. Flora loser vs. Gray Collegiate/Spartanburg Day loser, 8 p.m. (auxiliary gym), 8 p.m.

Game 23: Keenan/A.C. Flora winner vs. Gray Collegiate/Spartanburg Day winner, 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 22

Game 24: Game 18 loser vs. Game 22 loser, 12:30 p.m. (auxiliary gym)

Game 27: Game 18 winner vs. Game 22 winner, 2 p.m.

Game 29: Game 21 loser vs. Game 23 loser, 5:10 p.m.

Game 31: National Division championship, 8:30 p.m.


Dec. 21

Game 5: Providence Day (NC) vs. John Carroll (Md.), noon

Game 6: Cannon (NC) vs. Wheeler (Ga.), 1:30 p.m.

Game 9: Porter-Gaud vs. Blythewood, 4:40 p.m.

Game 13: Westlake (Ga.) vs. Lafayette Christian (La.), 7:40 p.m.

Dec. 22

Game 14: Cannon-Wheeler loser vs. PG-Blythewood loser, 1:50 p.m. (auxiliary gym)

Game 16: Providence Day/John Carroll loser vs. Westlake/Lafayette Christian loser, 3:20 p.m.

Game 17: Providence Day/John Carroll winner vs. Westlake/Lafayette Christian, 3:50 p.m.

Game 19: Cannon-Wheeler winner vs. PG-Blythewood winner, 5:25 p.m.

Dec. 23

Game 25: Game 14 loser vs. Game 16 loser, 12:30 p.m.

Game 26: Game 14 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 2 p.m. (auxiliary gym)

Game 28: Game 17 loser vs. Game 19 loser, 3:40 p.m.

Game 30: American Division championship, 6:15 p.m.

Game 31: National Division championship, 8:30 p.m.

Carolina Classic Schedule

Auxiliary gym

Dec. 20

Dutch Fork vs. Richland Northeast, 6:30 p.m.

Lower Richland vs. Heathwood Hall, 8 p.m.

Dec. 21

Dutch Fork vs. Heathwood Hall, 4:30 p.m.

Charlotte Christian (NC) vs. Cardinal Newman, 6 p.m.

Richland Northeast vs. Liberty County (Ga.), 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22

Liberty County (Ga.) vs. Charlotte Christian (NC), 2:25 p.m.

Cardinal Newman vs. Lower Richland, 6:25 p.m.