The Elite Classic will be back in Chicago next year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office announced Tuesday the high school basketball showcase pitting Chicago area teams against nationally renowned programs will return in 2013.
The brainchild of Simeon coach Robert Smith and Young coach Tyrone Slaughter, the inaugural event drew better than 10,000 to UIC Pavilion on Dec. 1.
"From Isiah Thomas to Derrick Rose, from Kevin Garnett to Jabari Parker, when sports fans and student-athletes from around the country think of great high school basketball, they think of Chicago," Emanuel said in a released statement. "This annual event will highlight Chicago's commitment to high school basketball, which unites our city and showcases the community and competitive spirit that make Chicago's student-athletes so successful."
Smith said Las Vegas Findlay Prep, Memphis White Station and Paul VI (Md.) are possibilities for next year's event.