The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the field of teams for the second annual Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, a premier college basketball showcase held in conjunction with STAPLES Center on December 8, 2017. The one-day doubleheader will feature University of Oklahoma vs. the University of Southern California and St. John’s University vs. Arizona State University.
“The Basketball Hall of Fame is excited to return to the legendary STAPLES Center to provide a premium experience for these outstanding college programs and their loyal fans,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “We appreciate the hospitality of AEG and STAPLES Center and look forward to another terrific college showcase in southern California.”
“STAPLES Center is excited to have the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic return to Los Angeles this December,” Lee Zeidman, President, STAPLES Center. “We are looking forward to hosting the incredible fans of USC, Oklahoma, St. John’s and Arizona State here in downtown LA.”
“We’re very excited to play in this marquee event next season. Not only will our players have an opportunity to play in one of the most famous arenas in the world, but this event pits us against a very talented USC team. Coach Enfield has done a fantastic job in his few years with the Trojans and it promises to be a great matchup for our team and fans.” – Lon Kruger, University of Oklahoma head coach
“We look forward to playing in STAPLES Center as part of a great doubleheader in the non-conference season. Senior Tra Holder gets one final trip home as we continue our plan to schedule attractive non-conference games at various sites against major conference teams. We look forward to a fun 2017-18 season with a solid mix of returners and newcomers, and a game in STAPLES Center in December is a great addition to the schedule.” – Bob Hurley, Arizona State University head coach
“We look forward to participating in the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at STAPLES Center. It’s a first-class event at a renowned venue and it is always an honor for our program to be affiliated with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.” – Chris Mullin, St. John’s University head coach and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame (Class of 2010: Dream Team and Class of 2011: Player)
“We are thrilled to be part of such a competitive event at STAPLES Center for the second year in a row. It’s always exciting to be a part of a Basketball Hall of Fame event, especially in your own city.” – Andy Enfield, University of Southern California head coach