Whitney Young and Simeon, two Chicago Public High Schools with the most powerful basketball programs, have teamed up to host the fifth annual Chicago Elite Classic (CEC). The event will be held on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the University of Illinois-Chicago Pavilion. The CEC will feature 22 of the best high school basketball teams from across the country. The line-up will include 16 of the top basketball teams from the Chicagoland area as well as 6 nationally ranked high school basketball teams from Kansas, Georgia, Missouri, Florida, South Carolina and District of Columbia.
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:
- East St. Louis
- Hyde Park
- Joliet West
- North Lawndale
- Niles Notre Dame
- Loyola Academy
- Oak Park-River Forest
- University High (Chicago)
- Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
- Gray Collegiate (West Columbia, S.C.)
- Miller Grove (Lithonia, GA)
- Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
- Sunrise Christian (Wichita, Kan.)
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.”
"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) Philadelphia 76ers
CEC Board members:
Dr. Marlon Everett, Executive Director, Coach Tyrone Slaughter, Coach Robert Smith, Sylvia Nelson Jordan, Martha Younger-White, Desiree Tate and Sheree Butler
525 South Racine
Seating: 8,500 each session
Tickets: General & Floor seating
Tickets will be available soon at Ticketmaster, UIC Box Office and participating Chicagoland area schools.