McDonald's Texas Invitational 2012: Teams, Brackets, Schedule Preview and More

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 14, 2012

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The future of college basketball will be just outside Houston this weekend. 

While most of the attention over the past week has rightfully been focused on the amount of star-studded tournaments at the collegiate level, some of the top high school players in the basketball hotbed that is Texas will get a chance to strut their stuff at this year's McDonald's Texas Invitational.

The three-day tournament gets started on Thursday and will consist of essentially non-stop action until Saturday night.

If you want a good idea of who you'll be seeing on SportsCenter in a couple of years, or probably earlier, here's a look at everything you need to know about this massive event. 


The tournament will feature 48 boys and 32 girls teams. For a complete look at every team involved, check out the tournament's website,

If you want a certain team to follow throughout the weekend, look no further than the No. 2 ranked boys team in the state of Texas, DeSoto High School. 

The Eagles, led by four-star shooting guard and Duke commit Matt Jones, got their season started off with a monster 107-68 victory and look primed for a run at the state title. 

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, De Soto plays at 3:00 pm. and 7:30 p.m. CST on Thursday at Dobie high school in Houston.

Pool Play Schedule

The tournament gets started with pool play on Thursday. Each team will play two games to determine which weekend bracket they will be placed into. Games will be played in Houston, Deer Park and Pasadena.

For a complete Thursday schedule, look here


After pool play, teams will be placed into brackets and play on Friday and Saturday.

The boys will be divided into Division 1 and Division 2. Each division has a gold, silver and bronze bracket consisting of eight teams.

On the girls side, it's same except there is a consolation bracket in each of the two divisions.

For a complete look at the brackets, look here


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