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December 26, 2012

Holiday Classic loaded once again

Wednesday marks the beginning of the 23rd annual Holiday Classic in San Diego, Calif. Once again the field is loaded with talented teams and recruits from across the country. For four days at various high schools throughout San Diego the 70-plus squads will square off to find a tournament champion in four different divisions.

There are a number of talented recruits in the field, including a number of Arizona targets as well from different classes.

Here's a look at the notable Wildcats recruits who will be participating in this week's event.

2013

Kameron Rooks: The center prospect recently visited Tucson on an official visit and he plans on making his final choice soon. This week, however, Rooks and his team from San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills will take part in the Holiday Classic with its first game taking place at 2:45 p.m. PST at La Jolla Country Day.

The Grizzlies first opponent will be Bakersfield, Calif. on Wednesday afternoon.

2014

Justise Winslow: One of the Wildcats' big targets for the 2014 class is the five-star prospect from Houston (Texas) St. John's. Winslow visited Tucson in October and he remains vert much interested in head coach Sean Miller's program.

The nation's sixth-ranked prospect and his team from Houston will square off against Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd on the first day of action in San Diego. Tip for that contest on Wednesday night at Torrey Pines High School is set for 9:05 p.m. PST.

2015

Ivan Rabb: The 6-foot-9 prospect is coming off a tournament at the Jerry Tarkanian Classic in which he took home all-tournament honors. Rabb played well in Las Vegas and continued to show why he could push for the No. 1-spot overall in his class. The five-star prospect and his squad from Bishop O'Dowd have a tough matchup with Winslow's squad, but it should be quite the nightcap for the event's first day.

Cameron Walker: Another young prospect who is starting to garner quite a bit of attention is the 6-foot-7 prospect from Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti. Walker doesn't have a ton of offers yet, but he's one to keep an eye on this week and in the future. Righetti will take on Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian at Santa Fe Christian High School in the Senator's Division.

Tip for that game on Wednesday is set for 4:20 p.m.

PST. Kendall Small: The Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View point guard is just another young prospect who is starting to get interest from various programs. At this point it's still very early on in the process for Small as he continues to develop his skill set. Ocean View will participate in the American Division this week that will take place at La Jolla Country Day.

The Seahawks first game will take place at 7:30 p.m. PST on Wednesday against El Paso (Texas) Austin.

2016

Derryck Thornton and Devearl Ramsey: The pair of 2016 prospects from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon have already turned head in their short high school careers. The duo will take bring their skills to San Diego this week when Sierra Canyon plays in the Holiday Classic as part of the Mayor's Division at Carlsbad High School.

Sierra Canyon's first game is set for 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday against Carlsbad, Calif.

Here is a look at the schedule for the National Division for this week's tournament, which will be played at Torrey Pines High School. Continue to check GOAZCATS.com for updates throughout the week or you can also visit the Holiday Classic's website at www.theholidayclassic.org.

Holiday Classic "National Division" schedule

Wednesday December 26

NOTE: GAME N1 TO BE PLAYED AT CARLSBAD REFER TO CARLSBAD SCHEDULE

* 10:00 TORREY PINES VS MATER DEI
N7 11:35 FRANCIS PARKER VS ST. ANTHONY
N6 1:10 ARMY/NAVY VS LINCOLN, WA
N5 2:45 ST. AUGUSTINE VS LONG BEACH JORDAN
N3 4:20 NEWARK VS WINDWARD
N8 5:55 TAFT VS SALESIAN
N2 7:30 SHELDON VS CANTWELL SACRED HEART
N4 9:05 ST. JOHN'S, TX VS BISHOP O'DOWD
Thursday December 27

NOTE: GAME N9 TO BE PLAYED AT CARLSBAD REFER TO CARLSBAD SCHEDULE

N11 9:30 LOSER N5 VS LOSER N6
N12 11:05 LOSER N7 VS LOSER N8
N10 12:40 LOSER N3 VS LOSER N4
* 2:15 TORREY PINES VS MURRIETA VALLEY
N13 3:50 WINNER N1 VS WINNER N2
N15 5:25 WINNER N5 VS WINNER N6
N14 7:00 WINNER N3 VS WINNER N4
N16 8:35 WINNER N7 VS WINNER N8
Friday December 28

NOTE: GAME N18 TO BE PLAYED AT CARLSBAD REFER TO CARLSBAD SCHEDULE

N17 9:30 LOSER N9 VS LOSER N10
N19 11:05 WINNER N9 VS WINNER N10
N20 12:40 WINNER N11 VS WINNER N12
* 2:15 TORREY PINES VS EL MODENA
N21 3:50 LOSER N13 VS LOSER N14
N22 5:25 LOSER N15 VS LOSER N16
N23 7:00 WINNER N13 VS WINNER N14 National Semifinal
N24 8:35 WINNER N15 VS WINNER N16 National Semifinal
Saturday December 29

NOTE: GAMES N25 & N26 TO BE PLAYED AT CARLSBAD REFER TO CARLSBAD SCHEDULE

N27 9:10 LOSER N19 VS LOSER N20
N28 10:45 WINNER N19 VS WINNER N20 National Consolation
N29 12:20 LOSER N21 VS LOSER N22
N30 1:55 WINNER N21 VS WINNER N22 National 5th Place Game
* 3:30 MAYORS POOL A 1st VS MAYORS POOL B 1st A32 5:05 WINNER A23 VS WINNER A 24 American Championship Game
N31 6:40 LOSER N23 VS LOSER N24 National 3rd Place Game
N32 8:15 WINNER N23 VS WINNER N24 National Championship Game

Matt MorenoMatt Moreno
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