WILMINGTON — With renovations complete at historic Brogden Hall and the New Hanover basketball teams expected to take the floor on their home court this week to open conference play, anticipation continues to build for the inaugural Joe Miller Phenom Hoops Invitational set for Dec. 27-30.
This national-level event, brought locally to Wilmington, is bringing elite talent from seven different states to compete over the four-day period. Multiple players scheduled to participate in the 16-team tournament have committed to Division I Power Five programs.
Tickets for the Joe Miller Invite are now on sale and can be purchased in advance at the Main Office at New Hanover High School. An early bird special gives fans a chance to see three days of action for $30. Tickets on the day of cost $15 each day. The fourth and final day of the showcase is $15.
Of the 16-teams scheduled to travel to the Port City, a handful of these high school programs are ranked nationally. Hamilton Heights Christian Academy of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was recently featured on ESPN during the networks high school showcase.
Phenom’s Joe Miller Invitational will also be awarding two scholarships in Joe Millers’ name, totaling $5,000, to help further selected student’s education. Miller was a long time coach, county athletics director, a member of the Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Athletics Directors Association Hall of Fame.
Watch the video below as Phenom Hoops Report Managing Partner Jamie Shaw releases brackets for the tournament in addition to standout players at the event. The opening day schedule of the invite is also listed below Shaw’s video. Games will run from 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. each day.
Dec. 27 Showcase Games
- Hamilton Heights (Chattanooga, Tennessee vs. Saint James (Hagerstown, Maryland)
- Oldsmar Christian (Oldsmar, Florida) vs. Virginia Academy (Ashburn, Virginia)
- New Hanover vs. Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.)
- Blue Ridge (St. George, Virginia) vs. Tug Valley (Williamson, West Virginia)
- Greenfield (Wilson, N.C) vs. Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.)
- Lincoln Charter (Denver, N.C.) vs. University Heights (Hopkinsville, Kentucky)
- Miller School (Charlottesville, Virginia) vs. Union City
- Kinston (N.C.) vs. Miami Country Day (Miami, Florida)