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November 2022

2022 City Of Palms LOADED With Top Talent

49th Annual City of Palms Classic Basketball is back with yet another star-studded field! Notable 2023 prospects in the field include….

• Justin Edwards – Imhotep Charter (#2 ESPN)
• Isaiah Collier – Wheeler High School (#6 ESPN)
• Jared McCain – Centennial High School (#16 ESPN)
• Reed Sheppard – North Laurel High School (#26 ESPN)

Notable 2024 prospects in the field include….

• Tre Johnson – Lake Highlands High School (#1 ESPN)
• Karter Knox – Tampa Catholic (#5 ESPN)
• Boogie Fland – Archbishop Stepinac (#16 ESPN)
• Ahmad Nowell – Imhotep Charter (#31 ESPN)

Notable 2025 prospects in the field include….

• Cameron Boozer – Columbus High School (#1 ESPN)
• BJ Davis-Ray – Link Academy (#13 ESPN)
• Cayden Boozer – Columbus High School (#24 Rivals)


Tickets for the 2022 City of Palms Classic Are Now Available

This year there are a few changes in our ticketing process that will enhance our fan experience.

RESERVED 6-DAY PACKAGES (20% Discount from the Single Day Price)

1. The 6-Day Preferred Ticket Package: A Single Seat 6-Day Ticket Package for $290, including the processing fee with seating in the first two rows directly behind the Team Benches and the Scorer’s Table (West side of the arena), or the opposite side, first and second rows (east side of the arena (LEVEL I)). Sections 106, 107, 108, 116, 117, and 118.

2. The 6-Day Reserved Ticket Package: A Single Seat 6-Day Ticket Package for $168, including the processing fee for the remaining seating on the East; West sides of the arena (LEVEL II). Sections 106, 107, 108, 116, 117, and 118.

3. The 6-Day Economy Ticket Package: A Single Seat 6-Day Ticket Package for $140, including the processing fee (LEVEL III) Sections 104, 105, 109, 110, 114, 115, 119, and 120.

VIP Parking: A 6-Day Parking Pass in the parking lot closest to the arena is available for $65, including the processing fee.

NEW Tickets May be purchased in the following ways:

1. Online Get Tickets

2. Call the Box Office at 239-481-4849 or 1-800-440-7469

3. Visit the Barbara B. Mann Box Office (available now) or the FSW Suncoast Credit Union Arena Office (Starting November 1).

Box office hours are Monday to Thursday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and one hour prior to the first game each day.

City Of Palms & Paragon Marketing Group Begin
New 20-Year Content Partnership


Classic Basketball Inc. and Paragon Marketing Group Begin
New 20-Year Content Partnership,

FORT MYERS, Fla. (October 31, 2022) – Classic Basketball Inc. and Paragon Marketing Group have signed a historic 20-year partnership agreement which will include exclusive broadcast, streaming, social media and sponsorship rights to the City of Palms Classic. Throughout this 20-year marketing partnership, Paragon will manage City of Palms broadcast and sponsorship rights elements.

For 2022, ESPN will televise the City of Palms semifinals, third-place and championship games live on ESPNU (Dec. 20-21). Coverage of this year’s City of Palms Classic, with game highlights and score updates, will also be pushed across @SCNEXT / @SportsCenterNext via Twitter and Instagram.

“Our partnership with Classic Basketball Inc. continues to showcase our agency’s commitment to expanding its coverage of elite high school sports and partnering with the best properties in the nation,” said Rashid Ghazi, President of Paragon. “We think City of Palms is the number one in-season tournament in the country and we are excited to bring in-depth coverage of it to a national audience via ESPN this season.”

John Naylor, Executive Director of Classic Basketball Inc. added, “This partnership with Paragon will ensure that we continue to grow the City of Palms Classic brand during the next two decades and beyond. Our annual showcase of future college and NBA stars has turned Southwest Florida into the capital of high school basketball each December.”

The 49th annual City of Palms Classic will be played December 16-21 at Suncoast Credit Union Arena, on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

Tickets and information are on sale now! Visit to purchase tickets today.
SportsCenter Next:

For in-depth coverage of the City of Palms Classic, including highlights and exclusive content, follow @sportscenternext on Instagram and @SCNext on Twitter.

About the City of Palms Classic
Founded in 1973, the City of Palms Classic began, like so many tournaments today, as a simple, local holiday basketball event. Over the years, the tournament expanded its scope, setting the standard as the nation’s best high school tournament during the past decade with 16 players who were selected as top-three overall picks in the NBA Draft. Classic Basketball Inc., is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit corporation created for the purpose of managing the City of Palms Classic. For more information and to sign up for the eNewsletter, visit

About Paragon Marketing Group
Paragon Marketing Group is a corporate consulting agency specializing in sports, entertainment and cause related sponsorships. Paragon has collaborated with ESPN for the past 19 years to deliver more than 800 live high school sports telecasts featuring many of the top teams and players in the nation. Paragon collaborates with ESPN on the following live properties:

GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff & Showcase
GEICO Girls Volleyball Invitational
GEICO Top Flight Invite
GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase
GEICO State Champions Bowl Series
ESPN Girls Basketball Invitational
GEICO High School Basketball Nationals
State Champions Invitational
GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase
GEICO High School Lacrosse Nationals

John Naylor / Executive Director
239-489-1085 / [email protected]

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