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 The Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic announced that its Tournament  Most Valuable Player Award will be named after the HCHC career scoring leader  Justin Hardy.  Hardy passed away at age 22 from stage four stomach cancer.  Even after his diagnosis, he continued to play college basketball at Washington University and worked toward a double-major in accounting and finance while undergoing treatments.  Despite a grim prognosis, Hardy averaged 11 points per game and provided a story of perseverance that inspired people across the country.  Hardy set the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic career scoring record, which still stands today, with 233 points in 12 games from 2015 to 2017.

   
   
         
 

 

Ben Oosterbaan, Hinsdale Central

2022 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Led tournament in scoring (21.3 points per game), as Red Devils captured their first championship on their home court.  Ended his Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic career as the event's eighth  all-time leading scorer.  Will play the 2023-2024 season with the University of Saint Thomas at Minnesota.


 

 
     


 

         
   

Christian Meeks, Homewood-Flossmoor

2021 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 20.3 points and 8.0 rebounds for the tournament champions.  Recorded back-to-back 29 points scoring games in the first two rounds of the 2021 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic.  Will play the 2023-2024 season with the University of Missouri at Saint Louis.


 

 
     

 

         
 

 

RJ Ogom, Homewood-Flossmoor

2019 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 17.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, while shooting 58.7% from the floor, leading the Vikings to their first Hinsdale Central HolidaytClassic title.  Played at Purdue University at Fort Wayne.


 

 
     

 

         
 

 

  
Ahron Ulis, Marian Catholic


2018 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds as a junior for the Holiday Classic champions.  Fourth leading scorer in Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic history, scoring 181 points in a four-year varsity career.  Made 27 starts for  the University of Iowa during the 2022-2023 season, averaging  6.1 points per game for the Hawkeyes.
   

 

 
     

    
 

         
 

 

Jordan Matthews, Saint Rita

2017 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 10.0 points per game for the  tournament champions, while leading the Mustangs in scoring and assists.    Played collegiately for Loras College and Concordia University Chicago.  Averaged 17.4 points per game for the Concordia Cougars during the 2022-2023 campaign.

 

 
     

     

         
 

 

Nana Akenten, Bolingbrook

2016 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 14.5 points and 7.8 rebounds for tournament champion Raiders.  Scored 23 points in HCHC title game.  Played 104 minutes during the Holiday Classic and never committed a turnover.  Played collegiately at University of Nebraska and Southeast Missouri State.


 

 
     

      

         
   

De'Anthony Melton, Crespi Carmelite

2015 HCHC Most Valuable Player.  Averaged 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds for tournament champions.  Played at University of Southern California;  Drafted by Houston Rockets 2018.  Played in NBA with Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers.  Made 58 starts for 76ers during 2022-2023 season.  Averaged over 10 points per game in both 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 seasons.