Virginia Union Will Go Up Against Winston-Salem State In 2024 NBA HBCU Classic
For the third year and counting, the NBA presents the latest version of the 2024 NBA HBCU Classic in Indianapolis.
For the third year and counting, the NBA presents the latest version of the 2024 NBA HBCU Classic in Indianapolis. The two teams playing in the annual event will be the Virginia Union University Panthers (VUU) and the Winston-Salem State University Rams (WSSU), according to NBA.com.
The NBA announced the pairing that pits the two men’s basketball programs against each other on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. This contest will be a part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in 2024. The game is slated to air on TNT, ESPN2, and NBA TV.
The NBA today announced that the Virginia Union University Panthers (VUU) and Winston-Salem State University Rams (WSSU) men’s basketball programs have been selected to compete in the 2024 NBA HBCU Classic presented by AT&T.
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) November 7, 2023
“We’re excited to bring these two storied programs and conference rivals together to compete in our third HBCU Classic as part of NBA All-Star 2024,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum in a written statement. “The level of competition during the previous two Classic games set a high standard and showcased the tremendous pride of the HBCU community. We look forward to celebrating Virginia Union University and Winston-Salem State University on one of the NBA’s marquee stages.”
Both programs were selected in collaboration with the CIAA.
The league has been supporting HBCUs through programs, mentorship, the issuing of scholarships, and networking, among other things. The NBA works in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and academic institutions. On Feb. 17, the NBA HBCU Classic will showcase competitive on-court action and band performances.
“We are thrilled the CIAA will be represented during this year’s NBA All-Star weekend,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams Parker. “This is an amazing opportunity to give expanded exposure for our DII student-athletes, our member institutions, and the HBCU Community. We look forward to bringing the talent, culture, and excellence of the CIAA to the grandest stage of the game.”