The longest-running high school all-star basketball in the country will not be played in 2018. Officials announced the annual Basketball Classic in Louisville will not be a part of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival.
Once the most prestigious high school all-star game in the country, the event has recently struggled to attract the nation’s best players, thanks to the rise of other all-star games like the Jordan Brand game and the Nike Hoops Summit. Attendance has not been great either. It once drew up to 18,000, but in recent yeas has struggled to make it to 5,000.
Described as a “reevaluation,” I personally hope to see the event return one day, even though it’s doubtful. The KDF Classic was the first place I got to boo Greg Paulus and yell to Patrick Patterson, “COME TO KENTUCKY!”
If the game does not return, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be the KDF Basketball Classic’s final MVP. Last year he led all players with 29 points and 6 assists at Freedom Hall.