Approximately 2,000 fans are expected jam Minnehaha Academy's high school gym when the high-powered Minnesota prep basketball team hosts a showcase with some of the top teams in the country, including a nationally ranked team from California that features the sons of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The four-team invitational features Minnesota powers Minnehaha Academy and Park Rapids, along with Sierra Canyon (California) and The Patrick School (New Jersey).
– Jan. 3: Minnehaha Academy vs. Park Center / Sierra Canyon vs. The Patrick School
– Jan. 4: Minnehaha Academy vs. Sierra Canyon / Park Center vs. The Patrick School
Minnehaha Academy has won three consecutive Minnesota Class 2A state championships and features three of the top players in the country with Jalen Suggs, Chet Holmgren and Prince Aligbe.
Suggs, a 5-star combo guard, is ranked the 10th-best recruit in the country in the Class of 2020, according to 247 Sports. Holmgren, a 5-star stretch forward who recently crossed over Steph Curry at a basketball camp, is ranked No. 4 in the country in the 2021 recruiting class, and Aligbe is a 4-star forward who ranks 52nd in the Class of 2022.
Sierra Canyon is arguably the most talented team in the country, featuring Bronny James (Class of 2023 and son of LeBron James), Ziaire Williams (No. 5 player in the Class of 2020), B.J. Boston (No. 12 player in the Class of 2020), Amari Bailey (No. 10 player in the Class of 2022), Zaire Wade (the son of Dwyane Wade), and Terren Rank (4-star recruit committed to TCU).
Park Center is led by 6-foot-9 forward Dain Dainja, a 4-star (nearly 5-star) Baylor-bound recruit ranked 52nd in the Class of 2020. The Pirates took third place at last season's Class 4A state tournament.
The Patrick School features Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation in the Class of 2021.
It's not yet clear when tickets will go on sale, but you can bet they'll go fast.