“You’ve got to have players,” Cronin said. “There’s no doubt we have some potential pros on our team. I think a couple guys are probably surefire pros. We’re going to play some freshman point guards, but we’re a team that has a chance this year. “We have a little secret weapon that becomes eligible in December, Ibrahima Thomas, a 7-foot forward who can shoot the 3.” HARRIS, IRVING HIGHLIGHT SHARETTE DIXON CLASSIC The two most important things in Sharette Dixon’s life were her family and education. Now that she has passed away, her husband Kimani Young and the NYC basketball community are banding together to make sure that her children get the support and education that they need in the future. On Sunday, Nov. 8, New York City legends Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson and a host of others NYC basketball personalities will participate in the Sharette Dixon Classic, a showcase of the top talent from New York and New Jersey. “Sharette was a wonderful mother and a talented professor,” said Kenny Smith, who etched his name in New York City basketball lore before going on to a successful career as both an NBA player and television analyst. “This event is really a celebration of her life and the values that she stood for.” Former NYC legend and NJ Net Kenny Anderson will serve a host for the event, which will feature some of New York and New Jersey’s most promising players. The event will take place at Bishop Ford HS in Brooklyn and will begin with a Girls’ showcase at 4 pm, followed by a Boys’ showcase at 6 pm. Anderson, who is still considered one of the finest point guards ever to come out of New York City, said that participating in the event was an easy choice. “When you have hard times, the first place you look for support is your family,” said Anderson. “Kimani and I have been friends for more than 20 years. Here in New York, the basketball community is like one giant family and we look out for each other. Anything I can do for Kimani and his kids I will do.” True to Dixon’s nature, the event will recognize players who have excelled academically as well. One player from each participating team will receive the Sharette Dixon Academic Excellence Award, which is given to players who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better throughout their high school career. The Sharette Dixon Memorial Classic will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn (500 19th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11215). The girls game is at 4 and the boys game at 6. Proceeds from the event will support a family education and child care fund being established in Mrs. Dixon’s memory for her three children.
###Featured participants in the Sharette Dixon Classic include: Boys Game Kyrie Irving (#6 rated Senior in the nation; committed to Duke) JayVaughn Pinkston (#1 Senior in NYC; uncommitted) Tobias Harris (#7 Senior in the nation; uncommitted) Myck Kabongo (Top 25 Junior in the nation; committed to Texas) Sterling Gibbs (member of USA Basketball 16/U team) Kyle Anderson (member of USA Basketball 16/U team) Girls Game Jennifer O’Neal (#30 Senior in the nation; committed to Kentucky) Bria Hartley (#14 Senior in the nation; committed to UConn) Jaleah Sidney (#? Senior in the nation; committed to Syracuse) Dasia Simmons (#42 Senior in the nation; committed to Rutgers) Lauren Mincy (#23 Senior in the nation; committed to Maryland) Briyona Canty (#9 Junior in the nation; uncommitted) Bria Smith (#5 Junior in the nation; uncommitted) Academic Excellence Awards: Kyrie Irving, St. Patrick’s Hakeem Harris, Blair Academy Omar Calhoun, Christ the King Bria Hartley, North Babylon Korin Robinson, Mary Louis Ciarra Calhoun, JHS 51 OUT ON THE WEEKEND Seton Hall hosts Devon Collier of St. Anthony and Fuquan Edwin of Paterson Catholic on official visits this weekend. Collier is deciding from among Seton Hall, St. John’s, Providence and Oregon State, while Edwin already committed to the Pirates…St. John’s hosts J.J. Moore of South Kent (Conn.) on an unofficial and Ronald Roberts of St. Peter’s Prep on an official. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter