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Mike Miller Classic to be split between Mitchell, Sioux Falls this year

The 2014 Mike Miller Classic will be split between Mitchell and Sioux Falls, event organizer Ernie Kuyper said Monday.

The fifth annual event will be held Dec. 27 at Mitchell’s Corn Palace before moving to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls for Dec. 29 games. Kuyper said the new format will showcase what South Dakota has to offer for basketball in two unique venues.

“To me, the Corn Palace and the Pentagon are two of the most unique venues in the world,” Kuyper, a Mitchell native, told The Daily Republic. “It’s all about the exposure for South Dakota and giving the kids the best venues to play in. This event, in Mitchell and Sioux Falls, will raise the basketball awareness of the state, without question.”

The classic brings in nationally ranked high school boys basketball teams and some of the nation’s top-ranked recruits to play some of South Dakota’s best teams.

The event’s opening ceremony and initial day of games will be held at The Corn Palace. The chance to play games in at the Pentagon, the 3,200-seat basketball facility finished last year in northwest Sioux Falls, was a no-brainer, Kuyper said.

Mitchell Activities Director Geoff Gross said the Kernel boys are planning on playing both days in the event, as they’ve been invited as a participant.