MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Beach Ball Classic tips off on December 26th at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. It is an event that is steeped in history over more than the last three decades, and author Ian Guerin has detailed the start and the rise to its national prominence in a new book: The Beach Ball Classic: Premier High School Hoops on the Grand Strand.
Among his research of more than 30 years of the biggest annual sporting event on the Grand Strand, he said he is surprised at how the experience resonates with its participants, even years after competing.
"Most of these guys got here and realized it's something special, and they found that their ambassadors were people that they could form friendships with," Guerin explained. "And they're rattling off names after all this time. (NBA player) Vince Carter and (former NBA player/current head coach) Jason Kidd were giving me names of people that they met here, that they haven't seen but maybe once or twice since. And it's been 20, 25, 30 years for those guys."
This year's Classic includes Christ the King out of New York, Bishop Gorman from Nevada and of course the two host schools Myrtle Beach and Socastee.
The book is currently for sale, with more information on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeachBallBook/
Click above to see the WMBF News full sit down interview with Guerin.