COVID forces basketball teams to miss 2021 Chick-fil-A Classic


Dorman won the 2019 Chick-fil-A Classic USA Division Finals at Richland Northeast High School.

The 2021 Chick-fil-Classic starts Monday and ends Thursday. Here are the things you needed to know for this year’s event.

New place

For the first time in Chick-fil-A Classic history, the event will not be played in Richland County at Richland Northeast High School. This year’s Classic will be held at River Bluff High School in Lexington County. Lexington High School will host part of the Carolinas Challenge, a sister event held on the same days as the Chick-fil-A Classic. Day one of the Carolinas Challenge will take place in River Bluff on December 27 and day two in Lexington on December 28.

COVID makes teams give up

Four teams had to abandon the event due to COVID-19. All four teams were substituted in the event. Liberty Heights (NC) replaces Hillcrest Prep (Az.) in the National Bracket. Olympic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. replaces Cape Fear Academy in Carolina’s Challenge. Swansea High will replace Dutch Fork in the Carolina’s Challenge and Chapin will replace Audrey Kell.

When are the championship matches?

The National Division Championship is Thursday at 7 p.m. and the U.S. Division Championship is at 8:40 p.m.

Will masks be compulsory?

Wearing a mask is not compulsory to attend any of the matches, but it is recommended by the tournament officials.

Nationally ranked teams

There are several teams in the Chick-fil-Classic ranked in the latest MaxPreps Top 50 poll – 8. St Frances Academy (Md.), 36. Archbishop Stepinac (NY), 40. Carmel Christian (NC). Prolific Prep is ranked No. 13 on ESPN’s Top 25 and St. Frances is No. 14.

State teams

South Carolina teams in Chick-fil-A Classic are Legacy Early College, Lexington, Irmo, Ridge View, Keenan and River Bluff.

Players to watch

Some of the best players to watch this week.

Denver Prep’s Baye Fall is ESPN’s No. 2 Class of 2023 and Assane Diop is ESPN’s No. 50 Class of 2023.

Napa Christian’s Prolific Prep has three of the top 20 players for the Class of 2022 in Adem Bona (signed from Oregon), Dior Johnson (signed from UCLA) and MJ Rice (signed from Kansas).

Jahnathan Lamothe (Class of 2023) of St. Frances Academy is ranked No. 52 by 247Sports.

Ridge View’s GG Jackson (Class of 2023) is ranked No. 10 by 247Sports.

Lexington’s Cam Scott (Class of 2024) is No. 11 by ESPN.

Archbishop Stepinac’s Johnuel “Boogie” Fland (Class of 2024) is ranked No. 14 by ESPN.

Dream City Christian’s Milos Uzan is signed to Oklahoma ranked by ESPN as the 52nd best player in the class of 2022.

Grayson’s Chauncey Wiggins has committed to Clemson.

slam dunk contest

A slam dunk and 3-point contest will take place on Tuesday from 9:15 p.m.

Ticket prices

All daily general admission tickets will be $15 and tournament passes will be $50. All tickets will be sold online only. There will be no cash point of sale during the tournament. Tickets can be purchased online at

Can I watch the event at home?

BallerTV will broadcast everything live and on-demand games on


American Division


Irmo vs. Keenan, 7 p.m.

Lexington vs. River Bluff, 8:40 p.m.


Carmel Christian (NC) vs. Grayson (Ga.), 11:10 a.m.

Archbishop Stepinac (NY) vs. John Marshall (Va.), 12:50 p.m.


Matches start at 9:10 a.m.


Matches start at 10:50 a.m.

National Division


St. Frances Academy (Md.) vs. Denver Prep (Colo.), 2:30 p.m.

Dream City Christian (Arizona) vs. Legacy Early College, 4:10 p.m.

Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Liberty Heights (NC), 5:50 p.m.

Prolific Prep (California) vs. Ridge View, 7:30 p.m.


Matches start at 10:50 a.m.


Matches start at 9:10 a.m.

Carolinas Challenge


At River Bluff

Chapin vs. Richland Northeast, 12:20 p.m.

Christ School (NC) v Swansea, 2 p.m.

Charlotte Christian (NC) vs. Blythewood, 3:40 p.m.

Olympic (NC) vs. AC Flora, 5:20 p.m.


At Lexington HS

AC Flora vs. Charlotte Christian, 11 a.m.

Blythewood v Olympic (NC), 12:30 p.m.

Richland Northeast vs. Christ School (NC), 2 p.m.

Swansea v Chapin 3.30pm

This story was originally published December 27, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Lou Bezjak is the High School Athletic Readiness Coordinator for State (Columbia) and Island Packet (Hilton Head). He previously worked at the Florence Morning News and has covered high school sports in South Carolina since 2002. Lou is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
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