2018 Bass Pro TOC

(Photo: Bass Pro Tournament of Champions)

The 33rd annual 2018 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions will take place from January 11th to January 13th at Missouri State University’s JQH Arena. The Bass Pro Tournament of Champions is the most attended high school basketball tournament in America, bringing in an a three day attendance of 26,959 in 2017.

Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith is 6-0 all time in the Bass Pro TOC.                                                              (Photo: Jared Soares)

This year’s Bass Pro Tournament of Champions features one of the most star-studded field of all-time, featuring back-to-back 2015-2016 champions Oak Hill Academy (VA) coming back to Missouri after taking a year off from the event. The defending Dick’s Nationals champions, La Lumiere (IN) will also be making their first appearance, as will Wasatch Academy (UT), and defending Tennessee state champions Brentwood Academy (TN). Along with the national powers, local Missouri power Webster Groves (MO) will be making just their second appearance in the event, and mainstay Glendale (MO) winning the Bass Pro TOC just once in 11 appearances in 1994. Also returning for their 16th appearance, is the team with the most titles in Bass Pro TOC history, Christ the King (NY), who has won 6 titles, but none since 2008.

Glendale (MO) career scoring leader 2018 6′ 3″ SG Monty Johal.
(Photo: Prep Hoops)

The obvious headliners in this year’s field are scoring-machine Keldon Johnson, the athletic Louisville-commit Courtney Ramey, and the elite point guard Darius Garland among others. One under the radar player to keep an eye on is senior guard Monty Johal of local Glendale (MO) who holds the school record for points in a career with 1,802 and the record for points in a game, scoring 51 points last season. Other intriguing prospects in this year’s event include elite floor general Tyger Campbell, talented big men David McCormack and Carte’Are Gordon, and elite 2019 big men, Kofi Cockburn and Isaiah Stewart among a multitude of other division one prospects and commits.


2018 Bass Pro TOC Field:

Oak Hill Academy (VA)

2016-17 Record: 38-5
Tournament History: 3rd appearance, 6-0 (2x champions)

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 10″ C David McCormack
2018 6′ 5″ SG Keldon Johnson


La Lumiere (IN)

2016-17 Record: 28-1
Tournament History: 1st appearance

Players to Watch:
2019 6′ 8″ PF Isaiah Stewart
2018 6′ 0″ PG Tyger Campbell


Wasatch Academy (UT)

2016-17 Record: 23-5
Tournament History: 1st appearance

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 10″ C Bryan Penn-Johnson
2018 6′ 4″ SG Matt Bradley (committed to California)


Webster Groves (MO)

2016-17 Record: 28-2
Tournament History: 2nd appearance, 1-2

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 8″ PF Carte’Are Gordon (committed to St Louis)
2018 6′ 3″ PG Courtney Ramey (committed to Louisville)


Brentwood Academy (TN)

2016-17 Record: 30-2
Tournament History: 1st appearance

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 1″ SG Camron Johnson (committed to Vanderbilt football)
2018 6′ 1″ PG Darius Garland

Christ the King (NY)

2016-17 Record: 19-11
Tournament History: 16th appearance, 33-14 (6x champions)

Players to Watch:
2019 6′ 10″ C Kofi Cockburn
2018 6′ 0″ PG Tyson Walker


Ozark (MO)

2016-17 Record: 19-9
Tournament History: 4th appearance, 5-7

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 3″ SG Quinn Nelson
2018 6′ 0″ PG Parker Hanks


Springfield (MO)

2016-17 Record: 20-7
Tournament History: 11th appearance, 15-18 (1x champion)

Players to Watch:
2018 6′ 3″ SG Monty Johal
2018 5′ 11″ PG Jordan Walton