SHORELINE, Wash. – The 2016 Paradise Jam participants Florida State, Kansas State, Gonzaga, LSU, NC State, and Michigan all qualified
November 11, 2015 – Seattle, Washington – Men’s Tournament- The tournament directors at Basketball Travelers Inc. officially announce the 2016 fields of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. The eight NCAA division I men’s basketball teams participating in the 17th annual event include Creighton, Loyola University Chicago, North Carolina State, Oral Roberts, Ole Miss, Montana, St. Joseph’s, and Washington State. The men’s tournament takes place annually the week before Thanksgiving and this year will be held November 18-21 at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, USVI.
The 2016 tournament features two alumni teams. Ole Miss and St. Joseph’s will be making their second trip to St. Thomas. Ole Miss placed 3rd in the 2011 Paradise Jam while St. Joseph’s placed 5th back in 2009.
“The Paradise Jam is a tournament that has been a part of (WSU forward) Josh Hawkinson’s life for a very long time and we’re excited to be able to be a part of the 2016 field for his senior year. It will give us the opportunity to face some good opponents on a neutral court early in the season, so we can see where we’re at and continue to grow as a team.” – Washington State Head Coach – Ernie Kent
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Paradise Jam, held annually at the University of the Virgin Islands, has become one of the premier pre-season destination tournaments for men’s basketball. It is a multiple team event (MTE) tournament, counting only two of the three games against participants’ 29 allotted games. Hosted at the $11 million state-of-the-art UVI Sports and Fitness Center, Paradise Jam attracts thousands of tourists to the U.S. Virgin Islands each year while immersing participating fans and teams in the culture and travel experience that has made the U.S. Virgin Islands one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.
Established in 1985, Basketball Travelers, Inc. is the leading firm in the United States for organizing domestic and international basketball competition. Over 200 collegiate and high school teams participate annually in tours and tournaments run by BTI. We seek to not only contribute to basketball’s worldwide development, but also to facilitate goodwill and understanding between nations and peoples of all backgrounds.