Each January, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the National Prep Basketball Classic featuring multiple brackets for both boys and girls high school basketball players. It has featured teams from Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic will make its return beginning Wednesday as 54 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, including 10 out-of-state schools, will compete in the 12th edition of the tournament. The Prep Classic, which has welcomed teams from 16 states during its history, features four brackets, two for boys and two for girls. All games are scheduled to be played at the Alario Center in Westwego.
Championships in all four brackets will be played on Saturday. The Girls’ Gold championship will be played at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Girls’ Platinum at 5:00. Then the Boys’ State bracket title game will be played at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Boys’ National championship at 8:00 p.m.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic had its inaugural tournament in 2011. In 2020, the event featured a total of 63 teams. However, last year’s edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daily admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students (with student ID) and children.