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Dru Joyce Classic shifts summer basketball tournament to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, convention center

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 5/6/2021 Marc Bona, cleveland.com
a man wearing a suit and tie: The Dru Joyce Classic basketball tournament is moving to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland this summer. Joyce coaches at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. © John Kuntz, cleveland.com/PHOTOGRAPHER/CREATORJohn Kuntz, The Dru Joyce Classic basketball tournament is moving to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland this summer. Joyce coaches at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Dru Joyce Classic, a travel-basketball tournament that draws several thousand players and coaches, will move to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland on June 25-27.

The tournament had been held in Akron.

The classic, in its 17th year, will feature more than 20 courts at the venues for competition between athletes in second to 11th grades.

Tournament director Dru Joyce launched the event in 2003 to help Ohio athletes gain increased recruitment through a sanctioned travel tournament.

The tournament was named the King James Shooting Stars Classic and featured 318 teams on more than 30 venues across the area in its first year. Joyce coached LeBron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron.

Over the years it has drawn athletes from more than 15 states and three countries.

Safety protocols will be followed. Registration is open for teams; qualifying is not required. A full events schedule is in the works.

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