David Dorsey celebrates new book with signing event at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Writer: Nicholas Karsen
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Gulfshore Business editor David Dorsey celebrated the release of his, “Dunks, Threes and Palm Trees: How the City of Palms Classic became high school basketball’s best tournament,” with a book signing event.

The book takes readers through the history of the event, from its origins in 1973 and into present day. The book chronicles the humble beginnings of a local tournament that transformed into a national caliber and nationally-televised event.

Teddy Dupay, the all-time leading scorer in Florida high school basketball history, attended the book signing. His presence as an All-American guard at Mariner High School in the mid-1990s helped the tournament grow a local audience. 

Terry Thimlar, the son of the late Hugh Thimlar, who founded the tournament in 1973, also attended the book signing, which drew a crowd of about 100 people, including local dignitaries and tournament organizers. 

The 50th Anniversary City of Palms Classic is scheduled for Dec. 18-23 at Florida Southwestern State College’s Suncoast Credit Union Arena. 

From Chauncey Billups and Kevin Love to Aaron Wiggins and John Wall, almost 200 McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA players have competed over the past half century at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.

Dunks, Threes and Palm Trees is available now on Amazon for $18.90.

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