Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Storm damage forces Paradise Jam out of Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands Continues Major Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Irma Devastated The Islands

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 18: Rafts of seaweed and broken trees on the beach at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort more than a week after Hurricane Irma made landfall, on September 18, 2017 in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. With sustained winds of 150mph, Irma blew completely through the Tutu High Rise building, killing one woman when she was sucked out of her apartment. Hurricane Irma slammed into the Leeward Islands on September 6 as a Category 5 storm, killing four and causing major damage on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Getty Images

MIAMI (AP) — The Paradise Jam basketball tournament will not be played in the U.S. Virgin Islands this year because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

The tournament will be played in the U.S., with a new site expected to be announced by Sept. 29.

The Paradise Jam field this year includes Wake Forest, Colorado, Drake, Drexel, Houston, Liberty, Mercer and Quinnipiac, and each of those schools was given the chance to bid for the right to host the tournament.

Tournament officials say they looked at multiple other options, such as moving to another island and using a cruise ship for accommodations, before deciding to move the event to the U.S.

For now, the tournament is scheduled to be played from Nov. 17-20.