The 20th Annual Deep South Classic will be held in Raleigh, NC on April 19-22, 2018. All games will be played Raleigh Convention Center. We are taking the first 384 teams that register and pay their entry fee. Don’t delay. We have always sold out this event. Last year over 550 college coaches, national media and scouting services were in attendance.
Please be advised that 14U, 15U and 16U teams must be prepared to play there first game in the tournament on Thursday, April 19 from 5:20pm to 10:00pm. You are also reminded that in order to be eligible to compete in the 2018 Deep South Classic, all housing needs for the event must be completed through Pse Event Housing. The two hotels within walking distance to the Convention Center are the Raleigh Marriott City Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Both these hotels will fill up fast, so don’t delay on securing your rooms on our website.
To register for this event go to our newly designed website at www.asgrbasketball.com. Once there, find the Deep South Classic logo and open the “Register” link. Once you are on the Deep South Classic page find the “Register Your Team” link down the right or left hand column of the page. Registration deadline is March 20th or until we are sold out. In order to guarantee your spot in the DSC you must pay the entry fee with your credit card online in our system.
For more information and for directions about multiple team discounts for the Deep South Classic, please contact our Tournament Director, Larry McKay at (702) 373-7007.
In addition to convenience, the location makes the event more productive to the competing teams and the college coaches who are scouting the athletes. The close proximity of all the courts makes it easier for those coaches to watch multiple games, and that is good news for the prospects.
“We have talent at any level, and I think that is the most important thing,” McCormick said. “We will probably have over 1,000 Division I players. We have the top notch kids in every class, but we also have the kids who are a great fit for the mid-major programs and the smaller colleges. We have whatever you need to find.
“It also worked great in terms of exposure. Everyone had a better chance to be seen. A coach could bounce between two courts where they were watching high profile players, and then they could still take a few minutes to check out a third court where there is a player they have heard about a little.”
“The fact that they are playing at one venue is very important. That’s especially true for the younger teams,” noted Walter Welsh of the Excel program in New York. “If you have the younger kids, this ensures that you are going to get some exposure. A lot of times they get overlooked, but in this location the college coaches can easily check out the younger kids.”
Also while participating in this premier event the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA) encourages teams to visit one of the eight institutions of higher education in this region. These obviously include North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State from the ACC, North Carolina Central of the MEAC, Shaw University and St. Augustine College of the CIAA. Meredith College is highly recognized women’s college that participates in Division 3 and William Peace University is in the beginning era of going co-ed in the beautiful downtown Raleigh area.
The hallmark of the Deep South Classic has always been the action on the basketball court. Past Deep South rosters are littered with players who would go on to become collegiate All-Americans, national champions, and WNBA performers. The history of the event is filled with special stories about special players. For example, a little known Alana Beard lit up the event and captured the attention of the Duke coaching staff for the first time. There have also been countless legendary duals between future stars, such as when Sylvia Fowles and Erlana Larkins battled Candace Parker and Juantia Ward, or when Sade Wiley-Gatewood squared off against Alexis Hornbuckle.
Numerous young athletes have risen to national prominence while competing at the Deep South Classic. The event is annually covered by numerous prominent media outlets, and the sidelines are constantly crowded with hundreds of major college coaches who know that they will see future talent in Raleigh.
Here is a quick look at a few of the players who helped launch a stellar career at the Deep South Classic:
Matee Ajavon, Rutgers, Washington Mystics, La’Tangela Atkinson, North Carolina, Seattle Storm, Chante’ Black, Duke, Tulsa Shock, Essence Carson, Rutgers, New York Liberty, Katie Collier, Washington, Jasmine Dixon, UCLA, Lauren Ervin, Arkansas, Crystal Erwin, Notre Dame, Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Tye’sha Fluker, Tennessee, Chicago Sky, Sara Hammond, Louisville, Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, Atlanta Dream, Tayler Hill, Ohio State, Charde Houston, Connecticut, Minnesota Lynx, Richa Jackson, Duke, Tiffany Jackson, Texas, Tulsa Shock, Ivory Latta, North Carolina, Tulsa Shock, Xylina McDaniel, North Carolina, Nikki Speed, Rutgers, Janee Thompson, Kentucky.