Derby Festival Classic will be skipped for 2018. Ouch.

Photo Credit: Cardinal Sports Zone

Declining attendance and The University of Louisville scandal are the biggest contributing factors for the annual high school basketball all-star game to be canceled for 2018. Officially announced today that the event was “taking a break” after going on every year but one since 1973. But it appears likely that this is the end of the Classic. Forever.

Ugh. This makes me sad. Once upon a time the Derby Classic was the premier high school all star game in the country. Yes, even in comparison to the Mcdonald’s All-American game. Over the decades it has obviously transitioned in to a lesser quality product than the Mcdonald’s and Jordan brand classic games. However, it allowed us an up close look at local team signees that were not selected for the higher profile all-star games.

I remember watching Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shred in last years game earning MVP honors at Freedom Hall. My Dad and I made it a tradition to go each year. It was always a treat to see future Wildcats, Cardinals, Hoosiers, and even players signed to EKU/WKU.

Photo Credit: Lexington Herald Leader

Louisville, Kentucky is one of greatest college basketball towns on earth. How the city and state managed to let this happen frustrates me. It is a sad day.


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