Shootouts are a huge part of the high school basketball season, and the Chicagoland area has a number of events to keep an eye on this year. While the Thanksgiving and holiday tournaments remain the major events to track during the season, there are tons of one and two-day shootouts to monitor.
Here's a list of five Chicagoland events to circle on the calendar over the next several months. The state of Illinois features all sorts of great events like this during the season -- including Highland and the Bank O'Fallon Shootouts outside of Chicagoland -- but we focused on five that provide great fan experiences and quality games.
Chicago Elite Classic (12/6 and 12/7 at Wintrust Arena) -- This two-day, star-studded event has become a signature presence for the start of the regular season for Chicago basketball.
Annually featuring many of the area's top teams playing against national opponents from all over the country, the Chicago Elite Classic has high-level talent once again.
Friday's matchups are more locally-focused with New Trier vs. Lane, Evanston vs. Notre Dame and Fenwick vs. OPRF. Those three games all have the potential to be very good as rivalries and emerging programs are involved.
Saturday has five games on the docket, led by Morgan Park vs. St. Louis Vashon, Simeon vs. Baltimore St. Frances and Whitney Young battling Duncanville (TX). Kenwood will also take on Lincoln Park while Bloom plays Atlanta Pace in the earlier games.
Not many events in the country feature a Duke and a Kentucky commit (Whitney Young's D.J. Steward and Vashon's Cam'ron Fletcher, respectively) but the Chicago Elite Classic has tons of future college prospects.
Team Rose Shootout (12/14 and 12/15) -- Before conference play truly kicks into gear and holiday tournaments take form, the Team Rose Shootout is one of the best events every year.
Five games each on Saturday and Sunday, this year's lineup features some outstanding top-25 games as Morgan Park faces Evanston, Curie battles Hillcrest and Orr plays Notre Dame.
With numerous Division I recruits, many of the Chicagoland area's top teams and a handful of top-25 matchups, this year's Team Rose Shootout has a lot to offer.
Steve Pappas Shootout (1/11/20 at DePaul Prep) -- DePaul Prep has quickly built this one-day shootout with five games into a quality event.
The main game to check out in this one will be a matchup of top-ten preseason teams as Morgan Park faces Marian Catholic in a game that features incredible backcourt talent.
The hosts will also play Deerfield in a matchup of some good young big men in the area while Loyola vs. St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor vs. St. Laurence and Fenwick vs. St. Pat's rounds out a good field of games.
Save the date: 1/11/2020. “The 2nd Annual Steve Pappas Shootout. “12:30 St. Laurence v H-F, 2:00 Loyola v St. Viator, 4:00 Fenwick v St.Pat’s, 6:00 Marian Catholic v Morgan Park, 7:30 DePaul Prep v Deerfield. A great lineup of 10+ D 1players and some of the states finest coaches! pic.twitter.com/ADScd7W6q3— DePaul Prep MBB (@DePaulPrepMBB) September 5, 2019
When Sides Collide (1/25 at Glenbard East) -- Joe Henricksen's City/Suburban Hoops Report has put together one of January's premier events with four great matchups at Glenbard East.
The host Rams will face Class 1A power Aurora Christian in an intriguing matchup to kick things off. From there, a top-five team in Bloom will battle last season's Class 4A runner-up in Evanston.
Things get interesting in the matchup between Rolling Meadows and Fenwick as that game features the two best juniors in the state in Max Christie and Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins going head to head.
In the main event, Simeon will face Notre Dame in a fun Public League/ESCC clash that should feature two top-ten area teams. At that late point in the season, both Simeon and Notre Dame will be looking to score a key win right before playoff seeding
Orr Breast Cancer Shootout (1/25 and 1/26 at Orr) -- With two days, 16 games and teams from all over the Midwest, the Orr Breast Cancer Shootout has become a must-see event for local fans.
The Public League presence at the event is strong because of the host and three-time defending Class 2A champions. This year's event will feature teams from Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin as plenty of local top-25 teams will take the floor.
Among the top-25 teams scheduled to participate include Curie battling Hazelwood Central, Morgan Park facing Class 1A power Leo and Lincoln Park taking on Romeoville.
The field is loaded for the 11th annual Orr Academy Breast Cancer Shootout January 25th and 26th here at Orr Academy 730 N. Pulaski Chicago IL 60624 pic.twitter.com/METkn770lc— OrrAcademyBasketball (@OrrSpartanBBall) October 8, 2019