On Wednesday the pairings for this year's Bass Pro Tournament of Champions were announced. The event, considered one of the top five high school tourneys in the country, runs from Thursday-Saturday, January 12-15, at the JQH Arena on the Missouri State campus.
Reserved tickets are $36 for all three days or $12 for a single day. General admission tickets are $10 for a single day adult, $7 for a single day student. Thursday and Friday the games start at 5 p.m. with four games each night. On Saturday the games start at 2 p.m. with the championship taking place at 6:30 p.m.
On Thursday's opening day the first game features St. Rita high school out of Chicago taking on Miller Grove from Lithonia, Georgia. The Georgia school has won a state championship in each of the past three years, was raned #2 in the nation in ESPN's pre-season poll, and features 6-8 forward Tony Parker, who's been on the USA Global Challenge Team and is being recruited by Duke, Ohio State, UCLA and Memphis. St. Rita's features five players who have been recruited or have signed with Division I schools.