The field for this year's GEICO High School Nationals looks a lot like a Culligan City of Palms Classic draw. Seven of the eight schools headed to the de facto national championship event have played in the City of Palms at some point, and four of them were at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena just this past December.
This year's GEICO Nationals lost some of their luster when the starting five for No. 2 seed McEachern (Powder Springs, Georgia) decided to skip the event. Prior commitments some of the players made to USA Basketball and the Nike Hoop Summit, plus a desire to focus on college recruiting, leave the reigning Culligan City of Palms Classic champs severely shorthanded. Still, the remnants of McEachern will try to keep the team's unbeaten record alive in the GEICO quarterfinals against Sunrise Christian School (Bel Aire, Kansas), which played in the 2013 City of Palms.