Gold Level Sports & Entertainment and the NBPA Renew Partnership for One-of-a-Kind High School Basketball National Championship Event, The Throne

Gold Level Sports & Entertainment and the NBPA Renew Partnership for One-of-a-Kind High School Basketball National Championship Event, The Throne

In 2024, The Throne will take place at the American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey, from March 27-30

This event is open to the public, and tickets are on sale at

NEW YORK, NY, February 29, 2024 – Gold Level Sports & Entertainment (GLSE) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are continuing their partnership to bring back the second edition of their highly successful high school basketball event, The Throne, on March 27-30 at the American Dream entertainment/retail center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This four-day single elimination bracket tournament gives the top high school teams in the country an opportunity to compete for the highest title, a national championship, with all games airing on national television. New this year, The Throne will also feature a women's tournament with eight of the country's top high school basketball teams.

In 2023, the debut of The Throne marked a first-of-its-kind high school basketball national championship at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The Explorers (FL) and the North Carolina Vikings (NC) were the final two teams standing. The last game stayed close throughout, but the Explorers ultimately came out victorious, winning by a score of 65-57. The Explorers were led by the #1 ranked player in the class of 2025 and 2023 Gatorade Player of the Year, Cameron Boozer, alongside his twin brother, Cayden Boozer. 

Created in partnership with the NBPA and with the guidance of GLSE’s player advisory board, comprised of current and former NBPA members Danny Green, Harrison Barnes, Fred VanVleet, Rudy Gay, and Dwight Howard, The Throne provides a one-of-a-kind, curated experience, developed with the expertise of current and former NBPA members, to build an event “for the players, by the players.” 

In addition to the on-court competition, players from the participating teams will attend financial literacy workshops led by JPMorgan Chase and educational sessions focused on time management and the college selection process. These workshops and educational sessions have been designed to prepare high school athletes for the next stage of their careers and will be led by experts in the professional development space. Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the Official Hospital of the NBPA, will also provide onsite health and wellness workshops focused on injury prevention. Players will also have an opportunity to be screened for their personal injury risk factors at the HSS Move Better Lab.

Throughout the tournament, players from the participating teams at The Throne will have an opportunity to relax, unwind, and play NBA 2K24 in the NBA 2K/Panini Players Lounge. Each team at The Throne will also receive customized uniforms designed and provided by Capelli Sport. 

Men’s Bracket

1 Explorers* (FL)    

16 Blue Knights* (CA)

8 Longhorns* (NY)

9 NC Vikings* (FL)

5 Ridge View (SC)    

12 Camden Avalanche* (NJ)

4 Grayson (GA)

13 Jackson Reed (DC)

6 Richmond Judges* (GA)

11 The Vale* (CA)

3 The Brotherhood* (NJ)

14 Bishop O'Connell (VA)

7 PSAL/CHSAA Winner (NY)

10 Rebels* (FL)

2 Panthers* (TX)    

15 Homewood Eagles* (IL)

Women’s Bracket

1 Hebron Christian (GA)

Bye (play the winner of No. 4 vs. No. 5)

2 Ridgeline (UT)

Bye (Play the winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6)

4 Desert Vista (AZ)

5 Bishop Ireton (VA)

3 McDonough (GA) 


*Some participating programs have opted to play as designated club programs. Though they are playing under their club program name, the players are all students at the same high school. 

“The Throne is truly an innovative platform for these high school athletes to compete on an elite level,” said Danny Green. “We have structured The Throne to be an all-encompassing experience for high school athletes to develop their professional skills on and off the court, and we are excited to return for year two of this one-of-a-kind event in partnership with the NBPA.”

The Throne will be made possible with support from its esteemed event partners, including American Dream, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), JPMorgan Chase, Mitchell & Ness, NBA 2K, Capelli Sport, and Panini.  

The Throne is a certified event for NBA scouting personnel, and those interested must RSVP to Please note that space is limited, and spots will be approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For additional information about The Throne, please contact: or NBPA Communications at

About Gold Level Sports & Entertainment 

Gold Level Sports & Entertainment (Gold Level) is a brand marketing firm with expertise in creating sporting opportunities for the next generation of athletes. Gold Level specializes in event operations, television productions, digital engagement, media relations, and developing marketing strategies for brands to increase their sales revenue. Gold Level shares its love for sports with the youth of tomorrow. Gold Level was founded by Danny Green (NBA Champion and current player) and Darren Duncan (former professional international basketball player) – both of whom are actively involved in coaching, training, and youth development through basketball. 

About the NBPA

The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities. Business opportunities are generated by THINK450, the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA charged with managing the players’ group licensing rights.

Dedicated to preserving the legacy of its members, the NBPA Foundation provides support and assistance to persons, communities, and organizations around the world that seek to improve the lives of those in need. 

About American Dream 

American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unparalleled mix of world-class entertainment, retail and dining, comprising more than 3 million square feet just minutes away from New York City in East Rutherford, New Jersey. American Dream is home to leading attractions, including DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Big SNOW Ski Hill, Dream Wheel – a 300-foot observation wheel overlooking the NYC skyline, as well as attractions debuting soon such as The Game Room Powered by Hasbro and Skip Barber Racing Go-Kart Academy. American Dream's immersive luxury shopping and dining experience – The Avenue – features Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermès, Rolex, Cartier, Watches of Switzerland, Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferrari, Gentle Monster, Canada Goose, Carpaccio, a fine-dining Italian restaurant, and much more. The retail and dining collection is further expanded with flagship locations for Aritzia, H&M, PRIMARK, Uniqlo, Sephora and Zara; as well as the Toys"R"Us global flagship, the only standalone location in the U.S, the first-ever MrBeast Burger restaurant, Marcus Samuelsson’s Marcus Live! Restaurant and the world's first and only "candy department store," IT’SUGAR.