Whataburger Tournament Celebrates 60 Years Of Holiday Hoops Top-tier talent to compete for championship titles and $1,000 scholarships

A look inside the Wilkerson Greines Activity Center where the Whataburger Basketball Tournament was once held.

Texas - With humble beginnings in 1958, the Whataburger Basketball tournament has grown from eight teams to a 48-team basketball showdown featuring talent from across the state and beyond, including out-of-state competitors from Arkansas, California, Illinois and Kentucky.

This year, the Whataburger Basketball Tournament, hailed by USA Today and Sports Illustrated as one of the nation’s top competitions, celebrates its 60th anniversary. This milestone tournament kicks off in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 through Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

More than 30,000 spectators, including college scouts and coaches, are expected to take part in the action-packed three-day tournament at three area high school gyms. The 5,000-seat Birdville Independent School District’s W.G. Thomas Coliseum will host the Boys Orange Division; the 1,700-seat Chisholm Trail High School arena will host the Boys Blue Division, and the 2,200-seat Saginaw High School arena will host the Girls Blue Division.


The Whataburger Basketball Tournament has had its fair share of amazing moments, with former NBA standouts Rashard Lewis and Sam Cassell participating in the event. This year, nine hardworking student-athletes across the three divisions have committed to play Division 1 basketball at universities including Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma. In addition to bragging rights, the winning team in each division will also earn a $1,000 scholarship from Whataburger for their school.


“The Whataburger Basketball Tournament has been a part of our history for many years, and we look forward to continuing this holiday tradition for many years to come,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Scott Phillips. “As we celebrate this milestone, we want to send a special thanks to the student-athletes, parents, coaches and local communities who have helped make this event such a success. The tournament wouldn’t be possible without you.”


While competition is sure to be intense on the court, fans also have the opportunity to compete from the sidelines through two Pop-A-Shot booths during the first two days of the tournament. For each shot made, Whataburger has offered to donate $1 to Boys and Girls Club basketball programs throughout the state of Texas. Programs like these help develop physical fitness, reduce stress, and promote a positive use of leisure time, appreciation of the environment and interpersonal skills. In addition, for every social share about the Pop-A-Shot competition, Whataburger will donate a dollar to the cause. The activation will take place at both the W.G. Thomas Coliseum (on Dec. 28 and 29) and Saginaw High School arena (on Dec. 29).


Fans interested in witnessing history can purchase tickets at each of the tournament’s three venues. Ticket prices are as follows:

Single-day passes:

  • $9 on Dec. 28 and 29
  • $10 on Dec. 30

Three-day passes:

  • $24 for a single venue
  • $36 for both the Chisholm Trail and Saginaw venues
  • $55 for all games and venues throughout the competition


“It’s been six decades since our first tournament, but traditions remain the same. The 60th anniversary is packed with competition, and we know this is going to be one of the best yet,” said Tournament Director Tom Rogers. “For some, this is their first opportunity to shine in front of college scouts, and we invite you to join us as we help make dreams a reality for these hard-working student athletes.”


For additional information including brackets, rankings and specific player statistics, visitWhataburger-BBT.org. During the tournament, updated scores and game schedules will be posted in real time on Facebook. Here are the participating teams:



Arkansas Little Rock Parkview

Arlington Bowie


Denton Guyer


Fort Worth Northwest

Houston Sam Houston

Katy Tompkins

Mansfield Timberview

North Crowley

Richardson Pearce

San Antonio Wagner

South Garland

South Grand Prairie

Spring Dekaney




Abilene Wylie


Argyle Liberty Christian







Liberty Hill


Nacogdoches Central Heights







Abilene Wylie


Argyle Liberty Christian



Dallas Christian


Liberty Hill

Little River-Academy






Tuscola Jim Ned


Photo: A look inside the Wilkerson Greines Activity Center where the Whataburger Basketball Tournament was once held. Photo credit: Tom Rogers


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