High school basketball national championship event, The Throne, to take place at the American Dream entertainment/retail center from March 27-30 

NEW YORK (March 26, 2024) — Gold Level Sports & Entertainment (GLSE) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) are excited to announce that The Throne, the one-of-a-kind high school basketball national championship event, is set to air on NBA TV and the NBA App.  

The bracket-style tournament features 16 of the top men’s high school basketball teams and six of the top women’s high school basketball teams in the country, competing at the American Dream entertainment/retail center in East Rutherford, N.J., from March 27-30, 2024. 

The schedule for the tournament is as follows: 



Wednesday, March 27

  • Men’s bracket 
    • 10:00 am Game 1No. 8 Longhorns* (GA) vs No. 9 NC Vikings* (NC) - NBA TV 
    • 11:40 am Game 2No. 2 Panthers* (TX) vs No. 15 Homewood Eagles* (IL) - NBA TV 
    • 1:20 pm Game 3No. 4 Grayson (GA) vs No. 13 Jackson Reed (DC) - NBA TV 
    • 3:00 pm Game 4No. 5 Ridge View (SC) vs No. 12 Camden Avalanche* (NJ) - NBA TV 
    • 4:40 pm Game 5No. 3 The Brotherhood* (NJ) vs No. 14 Bishop O’Connell (VA) - NBA TV  
    • 6:20 pm Game 6No. 7 PSAL/CHSAA Winner (NY) vs No. 10 Rebels*(FL) - NBA App 
    • 8:00 pm Game 7No. 1 Explorers* (FL) vs No. 16 Blue Knights* (CA) - NBA App 
    • 9:40 pm Game 8No. 6 Richmond Judges* (VA) vs No. 11 The Vale* (CA) - NBA App 

Thursday, March 28

  • Women's bracket
    • 11:40 am Game 9No. 4 Desert Vista (AZ) vs No. 5 Bishop Ireton (VA) - NBA TV 
    • 1:20 pm Game 10No. 3 McDonough (GA) vs No. 6 CHSAA/PSAL (NY) - NBA TV  
  • Men’s bracket

    • 3:00 pm Game 11Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4 - NBA TV 
    • 4:40 pm Game 12Winner of Game 5 vs Winner of Game 8 - NBA TV 
    • 6:20 pm Game 13Winner of Game 7 vs Winner of Game 1 - NBA App 
    • 8:00 pm Game 14Winner of Game 2 vs Winner of Game 6 - NBA App 

Friday, March 29 

  • Women’s bracket 
    • 3:00 pm Game 15No. 1 Hebron Christian (GA) vs Winner Game 9 - NBA TV 
    • 5:00 pm Game 16No. 2 Ridgeline (UT) vs Winner Game 10 - NBA App 
  • Men’s bracket 
    • 7:00 pm Game 17: Winner Game 13 vs Winner Game 11 - NBA App 
    • 9:00 pm Game 18Winner Game 14 vs Winner Game 12 - NBA App

Saturday, March 30

  • 12:00 pm Game 19Women’s Championship - NBA TV 
  • 2:00 pm Game 20: Men's Championship - NBA TV 

*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 will feature 18 players ranked in the top-100 of their respective classes, including the #2 player in the class of 2025 and last year’s Throne MVP, Cameron Boozer, and local New Jersey stars Billy Richmond and Boogie Fland. The women’s side of the tournament will feature four players named as the Max Preps Player of the Year or Gatorade Player of the Year in their respective states, including Mia Pauldo, Emilee Skinner, Kennedy Umeh, and Wrenwyck Ijiwoye. 

 Created in partnership with NBPA and under the direction 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 is a unique experience curated “for the players, by the players.” 

The Throne will be supported by its event partners in the following ways:

  • JPMorgan Chase - Players from the participating teams will attend financial literacy workshops led by JPMorgan Chase.    

  • Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) - HSS, the Official Hospital of the NBPA, will provide onsite health and wellness workshops focused on injury prevention, and players will be able to evaluate their personal injury risk factors at the HSS Move Better Lab.  HSS clinicians will also provide medical coverage for the tournament games. 

  • NBA 2K/Panini - Players from the participating teams at The Throne can relax, unwind, and play NBA 2K24 in the NBA2K/Panini Players' Lounge.    

  • Mitchell & Ness – Mitchell & Ness will provide fans and players from the participating teams at The Throne with vintage products and merchandise.  

  • Capelli Sport – Capelli Sport will provide customized uniforms for the participating teams at The Throne.    

  • Chick-fil-A Tri-State – Chick-fil-A Tri-State will provide onsite lunches and meals.  

The event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale at Follow all the action @TheThroneHoops social media channels and on the @theNBPA. 

Media members must fill out the application here to request a credential to attend the event. All credential requests must be submitted by 5:00 pm (ET) on Tuesday, March 26. 

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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.