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Thanksgiving High School Basketball Tournaments 2023

By Bishow Adhikari / 23 November 2023 10:19 AM

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Thanksgiving High School basketball tournaments are Hoopfest, Turkey Classic, Battle at the Beach and LT Varsity. Arcadia Valley is the oldest tournament. 

The first Thanksgiving high school basketball tournament was held in 1915. These tournaments grew in popularity over time and they quickly became a Thanksgiving tradition.

The Lyons Township High School Thanksgiving Tournament in Illinois is one of the most well-known and enduring Thanksgiving high school basketball tournaments. The tournament was founded in 1923 and has been held annually.

According to MaxPreps.com, the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers and the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield are unequivocally the premier events and will continue to hold that position.

The high school basketball season has begun with major states such as California, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas already getting started and Florida set to join the fray.

Thanksgiving Hoopfest

The Thanksgiving basketball tourney for the Hoopfest details are:

  • Event Date: November 24 - 25, 2023
  • Time: Friday 8:00 AM
  • Location: Sandra Meadows Arena Duncanville, Texas
  • Ticket Price: $23

The Thanksgiving Hoopfest was founded in November 2009. It has drawn some of the nation's best high school basketball players and future NBA stars like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Zion Williamson.

The 15th Annual Thanksgiving Hoopfest will be one of the premier high school basketball events. It is well-known for housing the country's top girls' and boys’ teams under one roof. Thanksgiving Hoopfest has quickly become one of the year's most anticipated events.

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The Thanksgiving Hoopfest is part of the Hoopfest Basketball Series which also includes the Piney-Woods Hoopfest, the Red River Hoopfest, the Holiday Hoopfest and the Hoopfest in Paradise.

The exact number of teams is not revealed yet for the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. But Thanksgiving HoopFeast in Wesley Chapel will feature 150 teams from across the country competing in a two-day event.

Arizona High School Boys Basketball Tournaments

Details for the Arizona High Thanksgiving Basketball Tournaments 2023 vary according. Some of them are:

Fear The Hop

  • Location: Mesa
  • Event: November 20 to 25

Welcome To The Jungle

  • Location: Gilbert
  • November 20 to 24

PUHSD Coyote Classic Gold Bracket

  • Location: Camelback, Central
  • November 20, 21, 22 and 25

PUHSD Coyote Classic Silver Bracket

  • Location: Trevor Browne, South Mountain
  • November 20, 21, 22 and 25

LV8 Invitational

  • Location: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • November 22, 24, 25

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Joe Partain Memorial Classic

  • Location: Coolidge
  • November 24 and 25

Dick McConnell Classic

  • Location: Pima Community College
  • November 22, 24 and 25


  • Location: Sunnyslope, Deer Valley
  • November 20, 21, 22, 24

The start of the Thanksgiving tournaments kicks off the Arizona high school boys' basketball season with top-ranked Gilbert Perry among the teams competing.

Fred Van Vleet Classic

Fred Van Vleet Classic is hosted by Rockford Auburn High School. It is sponsored by The VanVleet Family Foundation.

The 2023 Fred VanVleet Classic Schedule is:

  • Monday, November 20: Jefferson vs Elgin Larkin
  • Tuesday, November 21: Chicago Perspectives vs Jefferson
  • Wednesday, November 22: Belvidere North vs Chicago Perspectives
  • Friday, November 24: East vs Memphis Douglas
  • Saturday, November 25: Chicago Bogan vs Choctaw, Oklahoma

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The tournament has a reputation for attracting strong teams from places like Indianapolis, California, Florida and Memphis. Legacy from Spring, Texas and Choctaw from Oklahoma joined the action in Rockford.

Fred Van Vleet, a Rockford native and NBA All-Star point guard for the Toronto Raptors founded the tournament in 2019. Van Vleet attended Rockford Auburn High School where he led the team to the state championship in 2012.

Boylan Invitational

Some of the details about his invitation are:

  • Event Name: 52nd Boys Basketball Thanksgiving Invitational
  • Location: Boylan Catholic High School, Rockford, Illinois
  • Dates: November 23 through November 27, 2023
  • Ticket Price: Adults pay $5 per session (4 sessions total) and students and seniors pay $2. 

Adults can pay $15 for a full tournament pass which includes access to all tournament sessions. While students and seniors can pay $6.

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The Thanksgiving college basketball tournaments is a four-day match with a round-robin format in which teams play three games each. The top two teams from each division advance to the championship game which will be played in the tournament final.

Boylan Catholic High School coach and athletic director Ron Passolano founded the tournament in 1973. In 2019 the tournament was held at the MetroCentre before returning to Boylan's new on-campus gymnasium.

Tabernacle Baptist Academy/Dale Burns Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

The 23rd Tabernacle Baptist Academy/Dale Burns Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament will feature 3 Grand Bahama teams and 5 visiting US teams.

Here is a schedule for the 2023 Tabernacle Baptist Academy/Dale Burns Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament:

  • Event date: November 23 to 26
  • Championship game: November 26, 12:00 PM

Former coach Dale Burns and a teacher at Tabernacle Baptist Christian Academy founded the tournament in 2004. Over the years, the tournament has grown in popularity, attracting teams from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and other states.

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The tournament usually takes place over four days in late November during the Thanksgiving holiday. The games are held at the St. George's Gymnasium or the Jack Hayward High School Gymnasium in Grand Bahama Island.

The tournament features both male and female teams divided into groups and brackets. The winners of each group advance to the knockout rounds, culminating in the championship.

LT Varsity Thanksgiving Tournament

The 2023 LT Varsity Thanksgiving Tournament began on Monday, November 21 and will last till Wednesday, November 23, 2023.

The tournament is made up of six games with each team playing three. Lyons Township High School Gymnasium hosts the games.

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Lyons Township High School coach and athletic director Bill DeRemmer founded the tournament in 1923. The tournament began in the school's gymnasium but later relocated to the new Lyons Township High School gymnasium in 1927.

Thanksgiving Classic

The details about the Thanksgiving classic basketball tournament are:

  • Event date: November 18-19, 2023
  • Place: Houston, Texas
  • Ticket Price: $15.00 Adult per day and Under 5 - Get in Free   

Thanksgiving Classic is the basketball event which is powered by Exposure Basketball. The Entry fee for a game during this event is $100. The entry can guarantee a team at least 3 games.

The 46th annual Thanksgiving Day basketball games were featured by Antioch HS (IL) Boys Basketball, LHS Basketball, Prospect Boys Basketball, Proviso West Boys Basketball and Saint Viator Boys Basketball.

In the final Proviso West Boys Basketball won the game over Saint Viator Boys Basketball with the final scoreboard of 62 - 53.

Battle at the Beach Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament

Battle at the Beach is one of the Thanksgiving NCAA basketball tournaments. The details for the match are:

  • Dates: November 23 to 25, 2023
  • Location: Gulf Shores High School, Gulf Shores, AL
  • Divisions: Boys and girls

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The Battle at the Beach Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament is an annual high school basketball tournament held during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Teams from all over the Southeast compete with each other.

Some of the notable participants are Daphne High School, Foley High School and Baldwin County High School.

Thanksgiving Turkey Classic

The Thanksgiving Turkey Classic is a single-elimination tournament. The tournament usually has 16 teams but the number can vary depending on the year.

The details for the Thanksgiving basketball schedule for this event are:

  • Event Date: November 25 to 26, 2023
  • Venue: Hoop Heaven Whippany, Xcel Sports & Fitness and Newark Academy
  • Entry Fee: $350

The Thanksgiving Turkey Classic usually lasts three days. Beginning on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and concluding on Thanksgiving Day.

The first day of the tournament is usually dedicated to pool play in which teams are divided into groups and play each other once. The top two teams from each pool advance to the tournament single-elimination bracket which begins on the second day.

The championship game is usually held on Thanksgiving. Some of the notable teams playing are Belleville East High School, Belleville West High School and O'Fallon High School.

Chuck Mitchell Thanksgiving Tournament

Fenton High School in Bensenville, Illinois hosts the Chuck Mitchell High School basketball on Thanksgiving. It has reached its 35th edition in 2023.

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  • Event Date: November 20 to 25

All the games were telecasted live on the YouTube channel of Fenton Boys Hoops.