The Blue Suede Invitational is a junior high basketball tournament for students attending schools in West Tennessee and surrounding counties. South Gibson County Middle School and South Gibson County High School welcomes you as the host of the tournament. South Gibson County Middle School is located in Medina Tennessee 30 minutes northeast of Jackson. It is the academic home of approximately 800 students in grades 5-8.

The tournament is named in honor of Jackson rockabilly legend, Carl Perkins, who first recorded the famous song "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1955. A portion of the proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

On this section of the site you will find information such as tournament registration information, brackets, contact links, and local attractions. Please click on contact us under this section of the website if you have any questions concerning the tournament.

We look forward to seeing you in January and be sure to follow us on Facebook!

Super Sponsors

  • Hardee, Martin and Owens
  • Physicians Quality Care
  • Sports Plus
  • Serra Chevrolet
  • Precision Auto Body
  • Bank of Milan
  • McDonalds
  • Tyson
  • FMY Orthodontics
  • Jones Chevrolet
  • Centennial Bank
  • Steve Marsh Ford

Gold Sponsors

  • Bell Shirt & Sign
  • City of Medina
  • Lashlee Rich
  • PRI
  • Coke
  • Alexander Thompson Arnold
  • Counter Solutions
  • Clark Family Homes
  • Madison Family Practice
  • Hughes Eye Clinic
  • Tennalum
  • Hometown Pharmacy
  • Ceco Door

Silver Sponsors

  • Martin Chiropractic
  • Midsouth Retina
  • Englewood
  • Medina School Historical
  • Coco's
  • Copies Unlimited
  • Main Street Grill
  • Hig's Restaurant
  • Sports Orthopedics
  • Trimmers Body Shop
  • Southern Lifestyles
  • Dynamix Physical Therapy
  • Medina Funeral Home
  • Milan Tire and Brake
  • United Country Real Estate
  • Complete Communications
  • Humboldt Jeep Chrysler Plymouth

Invitational News

Thank you for supporting the 2020 Annual Blue Suede Basketball Tournament. This tournament was started in 2013 for two reasons- one, to showcase the great junior high basketball talent in West Tennessee and two, to raise awareness of the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Proceeds from the Blue Suede Invitational help support the academic and athletic programs at South Gibson County Middle School and South Gibson County High School. A donation is made every year to the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. To date, Blue Suede has donated $15,000.00 to the Carl Perkins Center to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in West Tennessee.


Invitational Facts

  • Tickets at the door will be $5.00 and free admission for children under 6. School officials get in free.
  • Each coach will receive an information packet upon arrival.
  • First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded in each division.
  • Brackets will be posted the week of the tournament on this website.
  • All tournament teams and mvp will be chosen and announced after each championship game.
  • Hospitality room will be available for coaches and school officials at both locations.
  • TSSAA officials.
  • The auxiliary gym at SGCMS and SGCHS will be used for pre-game warm ups.
  • Download the fact sheet
  • Dates
    • Saturday, January 25th
    • Monday, January 27th
    • Thursday, January 29th
    • Saturday, January 30th