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Naismith Hall of Fame cancels 2021 Hoophall Classic

Bronny James, son of LeBron James, and his Sierra Canyon Blazer teammates competed in the 2020 Hoophall Classic last January in Springfield.
Bronny James, son of LeBron James, and his Sierra Canyon Blazer teammates competed in the 2020 Hoophall Classic last January in Springfield.Shawn McFarland for the Boston Globe

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has cancelled the 2021 Spalding Hoophall Classic because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual basketball showcase entering its 20th year at Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball, is typically played during MLK Weekend.

“We’re obviously extremely disappointed to cancel Hoophall Classic, a premiere event in the high school basketball calendar,” said Greg Procino, vice president of basketball operations for the Hall of Fame.

“The event has seen tremendous talent and success over the past two decades, with a number of sellout crowds, but ultimately the safety of our fans, student athletes and staff is of the utmost importance. We thank Springfield and our marketing partners for their support over the years and look forward to returning to Blake Arena when it’s safe to do so.”

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The field was scheduled to feature showdowns between Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Camden (N.J.) as well as Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) vs. Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

The Camden-Sierra Canyon matchup was headlined by top Class of 2023 prospects Bronny James and D.J. Wagner.

The Basketball Hall of Fame plans to relaunch the elite high school event in 2022.


Craig Larson can be reached at craig.larson@globe.com.