U-Sports Group introduces the second entry
in its signature collection of collegiate sporting events with Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase. Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase provides the platform for premier programs to compete on a national stage and impact the local community in a positive way. This year's event will present a tremendous early-season test with Big 12 contender Oklahoma State Cowboys taking on the defending Conference USA Champions, North Texas Mean Green.
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase
The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (TX) will play host to this high-level double-header on November 13th, 2020. Home of elite professional franchises, including the Mavericks, Cowboys, Stars and Texas Rangers, the DFW metroplex offers all of the sights, sounds and fun that basketball fans and event supporters will need for an exciting, enjoyable visit.
will be held at Comerica Center, a premier 6,000 seat arena that is home base for the Dallas Stars Executive Offices and the Dallas Mavericks' G-League affiliate, Texas Legends.
As with all of the U-Sports Group event platforms,
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase will be rooted in service, inspiring the participating student-athletes to use their gifts to touch the lives of children in the community. We truly believe that this event and associated community campaign will greatly impact the lives of less-fortunate children in the DFW metroplex and be a rewarding experience for the student-athletes and universities.
Hoop Hype XL | College Basketball Showcase game times, television broadcast network and ticket information will be released at a later date.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State (Coach: Mike Boynton, Big 12)
- Let's work! Nothing encapsulates the Cowboy basketball program under Mike Boynton like these two words. More than just a social media hashtag, it's the core tenant of the program that will take the Gallagher-Iba Arena floor with back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes this fall. Cade Cunningham, the 2020 Naismith High School Trophy winner, is the crowned jewel of OSU's most recent class, which is ranked No. 4 nationally by Rivals. The highest ranked point guard in 247Sports history, Cunningham is the unanimous No. 1 player in the country and the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. He'll be joined by All-Big 12 guard and fellow Arlington, Texas native Isaac Likekele, who has bullied guards across the country over the last two seasons, and Tulsa shot-blocker Kalib Boone in the paint. Canadian National Player of the Year, Matthew-Alexander Moncreiffe, four-star OKC guard Rondel Walker and Nebraska's Mr. Basketball, Donovan Williams will help make Oklahoma State a salty squad for 2020-21.
North Texas Mean Green
North Texas (Coach: Grant McCasland, C-USA)
– 4th-year UNT head coach Grant McCasland took over a Mean Green program in 2017 that was coming off three straight losing seasons. Since his arrival, he's led the Mean Green to three straight 20-win seasons and last year led his UNT squad to a 2020 Conference USA regular season title with a 14-4 league record. It was the program's first regular season league title in 31 years. McCasland, the 2020 C-USA Coach of the Year, and North Texas returns reining C-USA Player of the Year Javion Hamlet (14.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 a/to) as well as fellow starters James Reese (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 3fg/g) and Zachary Simmons (8.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .634 fg%). They also bring back six-man specialist Thomas Bell (6.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg) who was the team's leading rebounder from a season ago. In total, nine player return from last season's championship squad that feels it has unfinished business after its 2019-20 season was cut short and prevented them from making a run in the NCAA Tournament.
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