K-State Hoops: Cayman Islands Classic Canceled for 2020


MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Cayman Islands Classic basketball tournament, once scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, November 23-25 in Niceville, Florida, has been canceled due to the NCAA changing the start date of the season.

“Obviously, we are disappointed that we won’t be able to compete in the Cayman Islands Classic this season,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “It was a really competitive field and would have been a great challenge for our team. We look forward to being a part of the tournament in a future season.”

The NCAA announced on September 16 that the men’s basketball season would be pushed back from its original start date of Tuesday, November 10 to Wednesday, November 25 because on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

K-State was scheduled to play three games in the fourth annual event beginning with Oregon State in the first round on Monday, November 23. The Wildcats would have faced either La Salle or Ole Miss on Tuesday, November 24 before playing a third game on Wednesday, November 25 against one of the remaining teams, which included reigning Missouri Valley Conference champion Northern Iowa, Miami (Fla.), Nevada and Western Kentucky.

“Unfortunately, we had to cancel the tournament because of several variables, including the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Joe Wright, Chief Executive Officer for Caymax Sports Ltd. “We are disappointed because we had an incredible lineup and we were excited to watch these talented teams compete. We look forward to welcoming teams back to the Cayman Islands in 2021.”

Before its cancellation, the tournament had already been relocated to Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida from its original location in George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands because of travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic.

The 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule will be released at a future date.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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