Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

Dru Joyce Classic


Dru Joyce Classic, a premier U.S. travel basketball tournament, will move to the I-X Center in Cleveland, OH on April 24-26, 2020. This event will bring thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators from around the world to participate in a three-day basketball competition.

"The Dru Joyce Classic is excited to partner with Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in bringing our destination travel basketball event to the I-X Center," said Dru Joyce, Tournament Director, NEOBasketball Association. "We believe this event will rival all under one roof basketball tournaments in the country."

Previously hosted in Akron, this tournament was named the King James Shooting Stars Classic and boasted 318 teams on over 30 venues across the area in its first year.

In its 17th year, this event will feature boys and girls in second to 11th grades participating in games held on 58 sports courts spread across the event floor of the I-X Center. The move to the I-X Center would be the first time the tournament is hosted under one roof.

Dru Joyce Classic

Dru Joyce, Tournament Director for NEOBasketball Association, launched the tournament in summer 2003 in order to help Ohio athletes see increased recruitment. Previously, having coached LeBron James and Dru Joyce III, Joyce’s son, at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School basketball team, he decided to create an event in Ohio that would allow sanctioned travel tournaments for college coaches to attend.

Registration is now open for teams online.Teams will compete for a championship in their age group, showcase their ability to compete at a higher level and gain exposure to college coaches who travel to this tournament in droves.

Spectator tickets for this event will be available at the door.

This event is projected to feature 500 teams, 25,000 spectators and generate an estimated $3,500,000 in economic impact to Northeast Ohio.

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