Hawks-Naismith Classic Showcases to Host 13 2017-2018 GHSA Basketball State Finalists Between Two Events

ATLANTA (October 3, 2018) – The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and The Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the national Naismith Awards, released the game matchups and schedules for the second annual, now expanded, Hawks-Naismith Classic Showcases.

The first of the two showcases will be the Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic, taking place at Maynard Jackson High School on November 16 and 17, followed up by the second annual Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic, hosted at Norcross High School on December 14 and 15. 

“The partnership with the Atlanta Tipoff Club provides an outstanding platform to showcase our passion, support and appreciation for high school basketball in the city,” said Jon Babul, Hawks vice president of basketball development. “The Hawks-Naismith showcase events will unite local high school communities and basketball fans to celebrate the competitive spirit of high school basketball.” 

Last year, the two Atlanta basketball mainstays teamed up to host the inaugural Hawks-Naismith Classic at Norcross High School, an event focused on celebrating high school basketball in Georgia. The expansion to two events allows for 50 percent growth in participation, with 10 counties represented between the two showcases.

“The Atlanta Tipoff club is proud to partner with the Atlanta Hawks to showcase some of the top basketball programs throughout the state of Georgia,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “The Hawks-Naismith showcase events will provide basketball fans a forum to gather and celebrate the growth of the sport in Atlanta.” 

In addition to top talent from across the state in both boys’ and girls’ basketball, both events will host family-friendly activities, a unique Game Day Live set, free Jr. Hawks Youth Basketball Clinics, halftime entertainment and appearances by Hawks Alumni, Harry the Hawk and the Hawks ATL Dancers. 

Every second of game action will be available for live streaming via SUVtv. Visit TheSUVtv.com for more information. Additional updates and information can be found by visiting HawksNaismith.com or by following @hawksnaismith on Twitter. 


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, which have become the most prestigious national honors in all of college basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy recognizes the top Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Player and Coach of the Year, as well as Defensive Player of the Year. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the Boys’ and Girls’ High School Basketball Players and Coaches of the Year, Basketball Officials and Outstanding Contributors to the game. The Citizen Naismith Trophy was first presented to UCLA’s Lew Alcindor in 1969. Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1983.


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