The King Cotton Holiday Classic basketball tournament will tip off on Monday, December 27 after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are looking forward to welcoming some of the top talent from across the state and country both to Pine Bluff for this year’s tournament.

Go Forward Pine Bluff CEO Ryan Watley appeared on 101.3 F.M.’s morning show Monday morning to talk about the upcoming tournament.

Watley said that final preparations are currently being made, and this time next week those plans will be put into action.

Action will begin at 9 a.m. Monday morning, and will tip off with girls action. Watley said they are excited to welcome the ladies to this year’s tournament.

The boy’s bracket will host a lot of talent, to include Arkansas Razorback commit Darrian Ford from Magnolia. Watley said this will be a good opportunity for Ford to showcase his talents against some national competition.

Nick Smith, another Razorback commit from North Little Rock, will be on hand for the tournament as well.

Watley said Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Director Sam Glover has done a great job at getting local talent in a position to be featured, and he hopes to see good things come from their efforts.