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Basketball showcase featuring 2 MN teams, LeBron James' son draws ESPN

There's speculation that the Saturday games could be moved to Target Center, but nothing is official yet.

Parts are still moving in advance of the four-team basketball showcase featuring two Twin Cities teams and a pair of nationally ranked teams coming to Minnesota in January, including the California team that LeBron James Jr. plays for. 

The four-team invitational features Minnesota powers Minnehaha Academy and Park Center, along with Sierra Canyon (California) and The Patrick School (New Jersey). The Patrick School is ranked No. 3 in the latest Super 25 rankings from USA Today, while Sierra Canyon is ranked No. 7. 

Minnehaha Academy was ranked No. 20 in last week's rankings, but has since dropped out of the top 25 after losing to Cretin-Derham Hall 75-66 on Dec. 7. Here's the schedule for the Jan. 3-4 showcase. 

  • 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

The games Jan. 3 will be played at approximately 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, at Minnehaha Academy, which has a seating capacity of approximately 2,000 fans. A location for the Saturday, Jan. 4 games is still be ironed out, but there is speculation that they could be moved to Target Center. 

"Location of 1/4 still being ironed out. If it indeed moves to Target Center, tickets will be purchased through them," said Minnehaha Academy Athletics Director Josh Thurow, in an email to Bring Me The News

Regardless of location, three of the four games will be televised on ESPN3 or ESPN2. 

  • Friday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m.: Park Center vs. Minnehaha Academy on ESPN3
  • Friday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.: The Patrick School vs. Sierra Canyon on ESPN2
  • Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.: Minnehaha Academy vs. Sierra Canyon on ESPN3

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 12th-best recruit in the country in the Class of 2020, according to 247 Sports' rankings. Holmgren, a 5-star stretch forward who crossed over Steph Curry at a basketball camp last summer, is ranked No. 2 in the country in the 2021 recruiting class, and Aligbe is a 4-star forward who ranks 55th in the Class of 2022.  

Park Center is led by 6-foot-9 forward Dain Dainja, a 4-star (nearly 5-star) Baylor-bound recruit ranked 48th in the Class of 2020. The Pirates took third place at last season's Class 4A state tournament.

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. 6 player in the Class of 2020), B.J. Boston (No. 16 player in the Class of 2020), Amari Bailey (No. 22 player in the Class of 2022), Zaire Wade (No. 133 in the Class of 2020 and the son of Dwyane Wade), and Terren Rank (4-star recruit committed to TCU).

The Patrick School features Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation in the Class of 2021.

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