Chicago Elite Classic

CEC Invite 

Whitney Young and Simeon, two Chicago Public High Schools with the most powerful basketball programs, have teamed up to host the sixth annual Chicago Elite Classic (CEC).  The event will be held on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Wintrust Arena. The CEC will feature 22 of the best high school basketball teams from across the country. The line-up will include 14 of the top basketball teams from the Chicagoland area as well as 8 nationally ranked high school basketball teams from Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio and California.

With support of the City of Chicago and the Honorable Mayor Rahm Emanuel as our honorary host, we strive to ensure a safe, successful and exciting event. Our overall goal is to provide a memorable experience for basketball players, coaches and fans.  

Diverse Chicago and suburban communities will be represented to showcase their talent at CEC.  

 Participating high schools include:  

  • Bloom
  • Bloomington
  • Bogan 
  • Evanston
  • Fenwick
  • Morgan Park
  • Oak Park River Forest
  • Simeon 
  • St. Ignatius
  • St. Rita
  • Uplift
  • West Aurora  
  • Whitney Young (Boys & Girls)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


     Out-of-state teams

  • Chaminade (MO)
  • Mater Dei (CA)
  • St. Vincent - St. Mary's (OH)
  • Sunrise Christian (KS)
  • Dominican (WI)
  • Vashon (MO)
  • Huntington Prep (WV)
  • Monteverde (FL) (Girls)
We plan to build on past successes and raise the bar in 2018 with this basketball showcase.

Testimonials from previous participating coaches:

Great event. You did an awesome job. I thought the small personal touches (coaches gifts, names on lockers, dinner) were all things that set y'all apart from other tourneys. We would love to come back!!!

Mike Jones, Coach, Dematha

We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to again be a part of the Chicago Elite Classic. I think you have put on one of the best and most classy events our basketball program has ever been involved with.

Bob Fitzgerald, Coach, U-High

Testimonials from previous participating players:

“Being able to play in the Chicago Elite Classic was one of the most intense experiences for me. To have all the best teams across the country play against our hometown high schools gave me a sense of pride for Chicago basketball. I was so happy to be able to be apart of such a great event.”

Jabari Parker (Simeon)
Chicago Bulls

"The CEC was easily one of the most exciting times of the year for me. The kick off to the high school season, the buzz going around the city. Chicago vs the best teams in the country! I trained all summer knowing this would be the stage to show off my ability to the country. It's a time to represent Chicago in a positive light, and test your talents against the top players/teams in the nation. Bring your A game, and show what you and your team are made of. "

Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young)
 New Orleans Pelicans

CEC Board members:

Dr. Marlon Everett, Co-Executive Director, Sylvia Nelson Jordan, Co-Execuitve Director, Coach Tyrone Slaughter, Coach Robert Smith and Martha Younger-White

Wintrust Arena

200 East Cermak Road

Seating: 10,000 each session

Tickets: General & Floor seating

Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster, Wintrust Arena Box Office and participating Chicagoland area schools. 

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