It's jarring to the senses. It has elicited scores of complaints from TV viewers, and its unique design has garnered at least as much criticism than praise. Yet, those distractions and detractors aside, the new basketball court -- known as the Kilkenny Floor -- at the University of Oregon's brand-spanking new, $200 million Matthew Knight Arena is already being eyed as a potential boon for high school hoops.
Just as the court's uniqueness has been seen as a hindrance to collegiate teams, it's also seen as a potential draw for national-calibre high school hoops teams from outside the state of Oregon. With the arena less than a month old, the Portland Oregonian is reporting that South Eugene (Ore.) High boys basketball coach Dave Hancock is already in the process of planning a national tournament modeled on the annual Les Schwab Invitational, which already draws a handful of top teams to the Portland area on an annual basis.
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