Since 1954, high school basketball squads have converged on Southwest Missouri to face off in the Neosho Holiday Classic. Over the years, the tournament has provided thrilling match-ups, amazing upsets, nationally ranked teams, Division I college players and NBA talent. Branco, tournament sponsor since 1998, is proud to bring another year of excellent high school basketball to Neosho, MO.
The tournament has survived for many decades due to the dedication of the tournament staff, unwavering community support, and the quality of play provided by talented local, regional and national teams. The high caliber of play seen at the Neosho Holiday Classic never ceases to amaze. Many scouts find their way to Neosho to observe and evaluate that talent.
Teams that have recently journeyed to Neosho for the Holiday Classic are:
- Atascocita (Humble, TX)
- Sunrise Christian (Wichita, KS)
- Fort Bend Travis (Houston, TX)
- Central Park Christian (Birmingham, AL)
- South Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Cypress Christian (Houston, TX)
- San Diego High (San Diego, CA)
- Thunderbird (Phoenix, AZ)
The 2011 tournament boasted two of the top teams in the nation: Sunrise Christian Academy out of Kansas and Travis High School out of Texas. Travis High School’s Andrew and Aaron Harrison were both drafted into the NBA in 2015. Buddy Hield of Sunrise Christian was selected #6 overall in the 2016 NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 2013 Neosho Holiday Classic included two top teams from Florida and Texas. Sagemont High School (Weston, FL) was led by Prince Ali and G.G. Goloman, who both signed with UCLA. In addition, Malik Monk (Bentonville) put on a show in Bentonville’s games and the dunk contest. Malik has signed with Kentucky for next season.
The 2014 tournament featured some amazing matchups between national and local talent. The East Newton Boys team won the Boys Black Division, and St. Joseph Lafayette won the Boys Gold Division. In the Girls Bracket, our local Neosho team won the Black Division, with Senior Chelsey Henry reaching a major milestone of 1000 points in her High School career. Springdale won the Gold Division over Bentonville on a buzzer beater.
The 2015 tournament champions, Atascocita, featured point guard Carsen Edwards, who will be playing for Purdue this season.
Some of the other big names who have competed in our tournament includes:
- Lourawls Nairn (Michigan State)
- Van Green (Columbia, Rice)
- Jamelle Horn (Arizona)
- Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee)
- Biko Paris (Boston College)
- Jeremy Tyler (NBA D-League)
- Hasheem Thabeet (NBA D-League)
- Josh Freeman (NFL Quarterback)
Past Tournament Champions