Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball will participate in the Myrtle Beach Invitational, which ESPN is adding to its roster of events this year. The new event will take place November 15, 16 and 18, at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.
Joining the Hawks in the inaugural early-season tournament will be Cal State Fullerton, UCF, Valparaiso, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Kentucky with an eighth team to be announced at a later date. West Virginia is coming off an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament while Western Kentucky reached the NIT Semifinals.
"We're honored to be invited by ESPN to this event and we continue as a program, University and community, to keep the people of Puerto Rico in our thoughts and prayers. We anxiously look forward to playing in an event there when it is appropriate," said SJU head coach Phil Martelli.
The Hawks played in ESPN Events' Wooden Legacy Classic last November in Fullerton, Calif.
“We are excited to launch the Myrtle Beach Invitational,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming and ESPN Events. “After collaborating with Visit Myrtle Beach and the city of Myrtle Beach to move last year’s Puerto Rico Tip-Off to the area due to the effects of Hurricane Maria, we saw first-hand the community’s outstanding facilities and passion for college basketball. Based on that experience, we determined that Myrtle Beach would be an ideal location for college basketball teams and their fans to visit each November.”
“We are excited to host ESPN and eight Division I men’s college basketball programs in November for the inaugural Myrtle Beach Invitational,” said Carla Schuessler, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Board. “We are also looking forward to welcoming all the fans to our destination; in addition to the exciting action on the court, the Myrtle Beach area has so much to offer fans from the beautiful beach, to dining and attractions.
For more information on the event, including travel packages, please visit www.myrtlebeachinvite.com.