The 19th annual Deep South Classic will be presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance in April. The four day event will be hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center that will feature 20 courts from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22, 2018.
The Deep South Classic brings together many of the nation's elite prep athletes. In past years, prep superstars such as Courtney Paris, Alana Beard, Erlana Larkins, Candace Parker, Noelle Quinn and Tiffany Jackson have played in the event.
The 2018 event will include age groups 17U - 14U (13U teams are eligible to play in the 14U age group). Each age group will include the top travel teams from across the country, featuring the top players. Considerable attention will be focused on the prospects in the Classes of 2019 through 2024. The Deep South Classic also provides college coaches with a tremendous opportunity to scout the up-and-coming youngsters. A series of elite players made their first mark on the national scene at past Deep South Classics, and more will gain fame this spring.
TOURNAMENT IS LIMITED TO 400 TEAMS
NEW NCAA COACHING REQUIREMENTS - APPLY EARLY!!!
The NCAA recently announced that in order to participate in coaching activities or sit on the team bench at an NCAA-certified event in 2018, coaches are required to obtain a USA Basketball (USAB) GOLD License. This applies to all teams at our certified events.
Teams without the USAB Gold Licensed coaches will not be allowed to create rosters on the BBCS, and will not be able to participate in the NCAA-certified portion of our events.
Allow 3 weeks for processing. APPLY EARLY!
Click here for detailed application instructions from USA Basketball (use the link at the bottom of the USA Basketball instruction page to start your application or go directly to the application here).
The new NCAA Basketball Certification System (BBCS) is now ready for use. Got to: http://BBCS.ncaa.org to access the system. This is the system you will need to access in order to register your team with the NCAA. You must have your team registered BEFORE you will be allowed to participate in any of our NCAA certified events.
To use the new system you MUST have your USAB Gold License. If you do not have your Gold License please follow the directions listed above.
To register your team you must read the directions in the ECAG Manual. The process is new and more complicated than it has been in the past. Pages 21-57 specifically explain how coaches and athletes create a user account in the new BBCS.
Go to www.ncaa.org/basketballcertification for the ECAG Manual.
HOUSING REQUIREMENTS - Stay to Play
In order to be eligible to compete in the 2018 Deep South Classic, all housing needs for the event must be completed through Pse Event Housing.
View hotels and book your rooms online. CLICK HERE
Need Help? Click Here or call 1-888-417-6446 (9am-6pm M-F, 9am-1pm Sat)
FAST FACTS: All travel teams must arrive Thursday, April 19th, or before your first game for mandatory coaches registration and certification. Registration begins on Thursday at 4:00pm, ending at 11:00pm and continues on Friday from 7am to 10pm. All teams should make departing flights Sunday April 22nd, after 8pm. If flying, please use Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) or Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO). Piedmont Triad is about 90 minutes from Raleigh.
Travel Coaches Certification Check-In: Check-in will be at the Raleigh Convention Center on Thursday, April 19th from 1:00pm to 11:00pm and on Friday, April 20th from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
FYI: 14U, 15U, and 16U teams are subject to begin playing at 5:40pm on Thursday. April 19th. All teams will play in the Raleigh Convention Center. Please plan accordingly.