The second Cayman Islands Classic basketball tournament has officially confirmed five NCAA basketball programmes for 2018. In speaking with Caymax Sports Ltd CEO Joe Wright, Cayman 27 can confirm that Boise State University, Illinois State University, University of Akron, Creighton University and St. Bonaventure University have signed to participate in the tournament slated for 19th-21st November.
Caymax Sports Ltd Chief Strategy Officer Jill Turk says “we were very excited to have experienced an extremely successful 2017 inaugural tournament. The coaches and athletes that participated in our event were thrilled to have the opportunity to compete against high caliber teams in a beautiful island setting, while experiencing great hospitality from the Cayman Islands community. We anticipate an even more successful 2018 event as we have assembled another group of elite teams that showcase some of the best Division 1 basketball programs in the country, representing a good cross section of teams that offer different playing styles. We will soon announce two additional teams that
represent the SEC conference and the ACC conference, two of the top basketball conferences in the country. Basketball fans will be in for a real treat as we continue to add great teams to our lineup that offer top notch competition in a great atmosphere. By continuing to attract high caliber university teams and their fans to the Cayman Islands, our tournament will continue to have a positive impact on the island’s economy.”
In the first Cayman Islands Classic held 20th-22nd November 2017, the Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the Wyoming Cowboys 78-53 in the tournament’s championship game. The field also included South Dakota State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama-Birmingham, Richmond, Buffalo and Iowa.
Games will once again be played at the John Gray High School Gymnasium.