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Wednesday / January 16.
  • Nike Super 6 Set; Updated Prep Calendar

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    BEAVERTON, Ore. — Nike will once again invite some of the nation’s best high school basketball teams to New York City’s premier high school basketball event – the Nike Super 6 Showdown. The event serves as a pinnacle moment in the New York City hoops scene showcasing top, up and coming talent from five New York City area teams as well as one Minnesota team.

    The Nike Super 6 Showdown will take place Friday, February 13, 2009 at Fordham University’s Bronx campus in the Rose Hill Gym. The 2009 games include 5 of the top 30 ranked high school basketball teams, according to the ESPN Rise Boys Basketball Pre Season Poll: 15th ranked Rice High School (NYC), 28th ranked Paterson Catholic High School (NJ), 3rd ranked St. Patrick’s High School (NJ), 8th ranked Abraham Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY), Thomas Jefferson Campus High School (Brooklyn, NY) and 25th ranked Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, MN).

    Three of the six teams have competed in the invitational before. This is Rice High School’s fifth year, and both St. Patrick’s High School and Patterson Catholic High School have competed once before.

    The games kick off with Paterson Catholic vs. Rice at 5:00 pm, followed by St. Patrick’s vs. Abraham Lincoln at 7:00 pm, and closing the event is the Hopkins vs. Thomas Jefferson game at 9:00 pm.

    Tickets will go on sale December 15, 2008. Ticket prices are $10 and $15 and are available at

    Here are some key dates for the prep circuit:

    Dec. 5-6 – Marshall County Hoopfest

    Dec. 11 – Lincoln vs. Putnam (Okla.) and Xavier Henry, at Oklahoma City (ESPN networks)

    Dec. 13Big Apple Challenge

    Dec. 18 – Lincoln vs. Jefferson

    Dec. 18-23 City of Palms Classic featuring St. Patrick and Lincoln among others, Fort Myers, Fla.

    Dec. 19-23 – Kreul Classic featuring St. Benedict’s, Puerto Rico

    Dec. 20-21Tip-Off Classic featuring St. Benedict’s, Paterson Catholic and Plainfield, New Jersey

    Dec. 26-30 – Nike Invitational featuring St. Benedict’s, Calif.

    Dec. 26-31Beach Ball Classic featuring Paterson Catholic and St. Patrick, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Dec. 27-31 — Jingle Bells Jubilee featuring Bishop Loughlin, Paterson Eastside, Paterson Kennedy, Linden, Passaic, Plainfield, St. Peter’s Prep, Monsignor Bonnor, at Paterson Catholic, N.J.

    Jan. 4 New Year’s Jump Off featuring Don Bosco, Plainfield, St. Anthony, Paterson Eastside, Teaneck, N.J.

    Jan. 16-19 Spalding Hoophall Classic, Springfield, Mass.

    Jan. 19 – Hoophall Classic

    10 a.m. — St. Anthony vs. Putnam City,

    Noon — St. Benedict’s vs. Ari Stewart and Wheeler (Ga.)

    2 p.m. — Lincoln vs. LeFlore (Ala.) and DeMarcus Cousins, (ESPN)

    Jan. 17Dan Finn Classic, Jersey City

    Noon — Seton Hall Prep vs. St. Peter’s Prep

    1:30 — Colt’s Neck Girls vs. Shabazz

    4:30 — Trenton Catholic vs. Paterson Catholic

    6:15 — Linden vs. St. Benedict’s

    8 — Plainfield vs. St. Anthony

    Jan. 19 — Freedom Fighters Hoop Challenge featuring Paterson Eastside, Kennedy and Catholic, West Milford, DePaul, Thomas Jefferson, Paterson, N.J.

    Jan. 23 — PrimeTime Shootout at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.

    5:00 PM – Immaculata (NJ) vs. St. Joseph’s (NJ)

    6:30 PM – Duncanville (TX) vs. LeFlore (Mobile, ALA)

    8:00 PM – Paterson Catholic (NJ) vs. Lincoln (Brooklyn,NY)

    9:30 PM – Plainfield (NJ) vs. Piscataway (NJ)

    Jan. 24 — Brian Doherty Classic, Newark, N.J.

    6:30 PM — Lincoln vs. St. Benedict’s

    Feb. 2 – St. Patrick vs. St. Benedict’s, 7 p.m. Rutgers Athletic Center

    Feb. 13 Nike Super Six, Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y.

    Feb. 14 — Primetime Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena –Trenton, N.J.

    10:30 AM – Our Savior New American (NY) vs. Life Center Academy (NJ)

    12:00 PM – Timber Creek (NJ) vs. St. Raymond’s (NY)

    1:30 PM – Bishop Loughlin (NJ) vs. Union (NJ)

    3:00 PM – Rice vs. Rancocas Valley (NJ)

    4:30 PM – Mountain State Academy (VW) vs. St. Benedict’s (NJ)

    6:00 PM – St. Anthony’s (NJ) vs. Hotchkiss School (CT)

    7:30 PM – Lincoln (Brooklyn, NY) vs. Westchester (CA)

    9:00 PM – St. Patrick’s (NJ) vs. Oak Hill Academy (VA)

    Feb. 15 — Primetime Shootout at Sovereign Bank Arena-Trenton, N.J.

    10:30 AM – Pennington Prep (NJ) vs. Montgomery (NJ)

    12:00 PM – Elizabeth (NJ) vs. Christ The King (NY)

    1:30 PM – Trenton Catholic (NJ) vs. Carmen Sol (PR)

    3:00 PM – Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Paterson Catholic (NJ)

    4:30 PM – Montrose Christian (MD) vs. Shabazz (NJ)

    6:00 PM – Trenton Catholic (Girls – NJ) vs. John F. Kennedy (Girls – NY)

    7:30 PM – Trenton Central vs. Nichols School (NY)

    9:00 PM – St. John Vianney (NJ) vs. North Hunterdon (NJ)

    April 3-5 – ESPN/Nike National Invitational, Washington, D.C.


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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.