Local hoops tournament attracts college, NBA scouts

By WEEK Producer

Local hoops tournament attracts college, NBA scouts

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM CDT

PONTIAC, Ill. -- Basketball fans from all over Illinois converge on Pontiac Township High School every year at this time for the oldest high school tournament in the state.

The 83rd Pontiac Holiday Tournament tipped off Thursday morning.

Powerhouse schools including, Derrick Rose's Alma Mater Chicago's Simeon High School, bring in College and even NBA scouts.

Tournament organizers and fans agree that these are games you don't want to miss.

"The state champion does come out of Pontiac more times that it doesn't," said Tournament Director Jim Drengwitz. "The unique thing about our tournament is most of these teams don't play each other during the year. So this is the only time you're going to see a team."

"I had a son that was in surgery in St. Francis in Peoria," said Frank Arnolts, attending his 54th straight tournament. "I wasn't sure that I was going to see all of the tournament. I missed a few games, but I still saw most of the games."

The Pontiac Holiday Tournament runs through Saturday.

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