"This week has been very special for our
"Mark Fisher told us we'll play three big
"We go all over the place to play in tournaments.
We've had the opportunity to be to tournaments
"Every team that comes in here to the
"I can't get over the hospitality at this tournament. I can't get over the fans. The comradery among the coaches and players...it's very unique."
"One of the most well run tournaments we've ever been to." What I really like is the gym...Hammons Center has a great floor, a good background for shooters, and the crowd is so appreciative of basketball...they treat you really well."
"People here in Springfield are great and the fan support is unbelievable! All our kids felt a little special and enjoyed their time."
"It was one of the earlier tournaments that got in touch with me last year, and that allowed me a chance to talk about it with all the college guys who were coming through town recruiting Kyle Singler. They all spoke very, very highly of it."
"Everything was spectacular! We were treated like royalty. When we needed something, we got it. Once you get here, everybody loves basketball and you can feel that."
"This is as good as it gets. It exceeded our expectations. Hammons Student Center is a tremendous venue, the fans are great and the hospitality was tremendous."
Commenting on being a player for Christ the King in 1994: "We played (Springfield) Glendale in the finals
"I've heard people talk about Myrtle Beach and on this internet thing that's number two and the Tournament of Champions is seventh, but I'm telling you this is number one! It's unbelievable. Hospitality's been great. Everybody's nice...everywhere we go they're extremely nice. We were here watching MSU play Southern Illinois and we were told the T Of C would have the same crowd, and I thought "yeah, right," but to walk into the arena and see as many people supporting this tournament is just unbelievable."
“I'm about lifetime experiences. To me high school basketball is about memories, and our kids got to play in one of the top-notch high school tournaments in the country. It's like you're on a stage with a spotlight. It's got a real big-time feel to it.”
"First class tournament...Great Atmosphere!"
"It's a great reward for the kids. Seeing all the nice hospitality, it'll be tough to get them off the plane and bring them back down to reality. The atmosphere is equivalent to our state tournament in Wisconsin. Truly a good experience!"
"To be on the front page of the newspaper, not just the sports section, but the whole newspaper, have all the radio coverage, and 7,000+ people at a high school game... the kids couldn't believe it, and to be honest, the coaches couldn't as well."
"This event lived up to everything we had heard about it being such a big time, first-class national tournament and it is every bit that."
"We've been to tournaments elsewhere and this one, by far, it's the best. The organization, the facilities, the activities, and the place... great place to play. The kids are excited with the atmosphere and having that type of crowd every night. It's been a great experience...win or lose."
"First-class! One of the best we've been to. Its been great."
"It's overwhelming and an honor for us to get to play in this. Springfield Public Schools and Bass Pro Shops putting this on is just unbelievable."
"It was a great atmosphere. We had 8,000 people at every game, and everywhere we went, people we re talking about basketball. It was a great experience for us."