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Saturday / September 22.
  • Metro Classic to feature McDonald’s All-Americans, top teams in the nation

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    The Metro Classic tips off this weekend at Kean University in Union, N.J., and is always one of the top events on the high school basketball calendar.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at metroclassicbasketball.com or at the ticket window on day of game subject to availability.

    Here are five compelling storylines from this weekend’s event along with a schedule:

    1-The Metro Classic has featured many current NBA players

    Current NBA standouts Ben Simmons (Montverde, Sixers); Karl-Anthony Towns (St. Joe’s Metuchen, Timberwolves); D’Angelo Russell (Montverde, Lakers); Deandre’ Bembry (Patrick School, Hawks); Dakari Johnson (Montverde, Thunder); Cheick Diallo (Our Savior, Pelicans); Wade Baldwin (St. Joes Metuchen, Blazers); and Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic, Kings) have shown of their skills at the Metro Classic.

    2. Kevin Boyle returns home to Jersey

    The legendary Montverde (FL) Academy and former St. Patrick’s head coach once again has his team ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. Across three days, they will play three games against some of the area’s best teams: Roselle Catholic, ranked No. 21 by USA Today, Gill St. Bernard’s and Christ the King. For more on Boyle and the parade of NBA lottery picks he’s coached, read my Bleacher Report feature here.

    3. McDonald’s All-Americans in the house

    Duke-bound guard R.J. Barrett of Montverde Academy and LSU-bound forward Naz Reid of Roselle Catholic were both selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game set for March 28 in Atlanta. Their teams will square off on Friday night at 8 p.m. The 6-foot-7 Barrett is currently projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, per ESPN, while the 6-11 Reid is also a projected one-and-done as I wrote here.

    RJ BarrettMontverde Academy EaglesMontverde InvitationalWatch video on Overtime

    4. College commits galore

    In addition to Barrett and Reid, a slew of college commits will be on display, including Andrew Nembhard of Montverde (Florida),  Filip Petrusev of Montverde (Gonzaga), Mike Devoe of Montverde (Georgia Tech), Makhi Mitchell of Montverde (Maryland), Josh Roberts of Montverde CBD (St. John’s), Darnell Brodie of Montverde CBD (Seton Hall), Ithiel Horton of Roselle Catholic (Delaware) and Donatas Kupsas of LuHi (Weber State).

    Andrew NembhardFilip PetrusevMontverde Academy EaglesMontverde InvitationalWatch video on Overtime

    5. Young talent on display

    On top of all the college commits, plenty of young talent will be on display including Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep), Balsa Koprivica (Montverde), Kofi Cockburn (Christ the King), Moussa Cisse (CTK), Kahlil Whitney (Roselle Catholic), Josh Pierre-Louis (Roselle Catholic), Paul Mulcahy (Gill St. Bernard’s), Frankie Policelli (LuHi) and Tyson Etienne (LuHi).

    Kofi CockburnChrist the King RoyalsWatch video on Overtime

     

    This year’s elite matchups include:

    Friday:

    • First Love Christian (PA) vs. St Mary’s Elizabeth: 5:00 PM
    • Montverde CBD (FL) vs. St. Thomas More (CT): 6:30 PM
    • Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Roselle Catholic: 8:00 PM

    Saturday:

    • North Bergen vs. Linden: 5:00 PM
    • Long Island Lutheran (NY) vs. Rutgers Prep: 6:30 PM
    • Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Gill St. Bernard’s: 8:00 PM

    Sunday:

    • First Love Christian vs. St. Thomas More (CT): 12:00 PM
    • Montverde CBD vs. Covenant Prep: 1:30 PM
    • Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Christ the King: 3:00 PM
    • Mary Louis (NY Girls) vs. Rutgers Prep (Girls): 4:30 PM
    • Hunterdon Central vs. North Bergen: 6:00 PM
    • Union Catholic vs. Roselle Catholic: 7:30 PM

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.