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Tuesday / August 3.
  • Big Strick Classic Rosters Announced

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    New York City will host two marquee grassroots basketball events in August.

    The Big Strick Classic will take place Aug. 10 at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx, and the Elite 24 is set for Aug. 24 in New York City.

    The Big Strick, which is a memorial to the legendary streetball player John “Franchise” Strickland, announced its rosters Tuesday night, while the Elite 24 has yet to announce rosters or game specifics.

    The Big Strick is set to tip at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Gauchos Gym. Admission is free and open to the public.

    Check back on ZAGSBLOG.com and SNY.tv for coverage of both events moving forward.

    Here are the rosters for The Big Strick, which are loaded:

    USA Team
    1. Isaac Copeland – SF/PF Brewster Academy, in New Hampshire, from NC.  Ranked in the  top 35 for the class of 2014.  Projects to be a future NBA draft pick.  Committed to Georgetown University.
    2. Jalen Lindsey – SF– Huntington Prep, West Virginia, from Nashville TN.  Ranked in the top 25 for the Class of 2014.  Projects to be a future NBA draft pick. Committed to Providence College.
    3. Derrick Jones – SF– Archbishop Carroll High School, Philadelphia, PA.  Ranked in the top 15 for the Class of 2015.  Projects to be a future top 20 pick in NBA draft.  Cincinnati, Maryland, Syracuse, Villanova, Kentucky.
    4. Carlton Bragg – PF– Villa Angela St. Joseph High School, Cleveland Ohio. Ranked in the top 15 for the Class of 2015. Future top 15 draft pick in NBA draft. Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Texas.
    5. Ahmed Hill – Combo Guard– Aquinas High School, Augusta, Georgia. Ranked in the top 20 for the Class of 2014.  Projects to be a future NBA draft pick. Alabama, Clemson, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Miami, Marquette, Tennessee, VCU, South Carolina.
    6. PJ Dozier- Combo Guard– Spring Valley High School,  Columbia SC. Ranked in the top 10 in class of 2015 on ESPN.  Future NBA draft pick. Clemson, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio St., South Carolina, UCLA, Tennessee.
    7. Stephen Zimmerman-Center– Bishop Gorman Las Vegas, Nev.   Scout Number #1 player in the class of 2015. Projected number one draft pick in 2016 in NBA draft. Arizona, UConn, Baylor, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Ohio State, UNLV , UCLA.
    8. Kelly Oubre-SF-Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev. Top SF top 10 in class of 2014.  Future lottery pick in NBA draft. Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, UConn, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, UCLA, North Carolina, Oklahoma State,  Kentucky, Louisville.
    9. Ladarrius Chester– Combo Guard– Melrose High School, Memphis, TN class of 2014. He’s one of the top sleepers in the country, crazy athletic. Tennessee ,Wichita State,  Texas A&M , Murray State.
    10. Myles Turner – Center– Trinity High School, Euless, Texas. Ranked in the Top 5 for the class of 2014. NBAdraft.net projects him to be no 1 draft pick in the 2015 draft. Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Texas ,UNLV.
    11. Khadeem Lattin – Center– Redemption Christian Homeschool Academy, Houston TX.   Ranked in the Top 50 for the class of 2014.  Last year’s co. MVP for USA team. Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M.
    12. JaQuan Lyle – Combo Guard– Bosse High School, Evansville, Indiana. Ranked in the Top 20 for the class of 2014. Projects to be a future first round draft pick. Committed to Louisville for college
    NYC East team
    1. Chris McCullough – PF– Brewster Academy, New Hampshire. Ranked in the Top 10 for the Class of 2014. Future NBA lottery pick.  3 time Big Strick Classic alumni and last year team NYC co MVP.  Committed to Syracuse.
    2. Isaiah Whitehead-SG– Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, New York. Ranked in the Top 20 for the class of 2014.  Best guard in New York City this year. Projects to be a future NBA player and 3 time Big Strick Classic alumni. Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Rutgers, St. Johns, Syracuse, UCLA.
    3. Thomas Bryant – C– Bishop Kearney High School, Rochester, New York.  Ranked in the Top 20 for the Class of 2015. Projects to be a future NBA first round pick. Syracuse, West Virginia, Villanova, UConn.
    4. Cheick Diallo- C– Our Savior New American School, Center reach, New York. Ranked in the Top 5 for the Class of 2015. Future lottery pick. Arizona, Iowa St, Kansas, Kentucky, St. John’s, Washington.
    5. Rawle Alkins- SG/SF– Christ the King, Queens, New York. Ranked in the Top 20 for the Class of 2016. Compared to Lance Stephenson and Lenny Cooke. Projects to be a future NBA player. Florida, Fordham, Villanova ,Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John’s.
    6. Mustapha Heron-SG/SF– Wilbraham and Monson Academy, West Haven, Connecticut. Ranked in the Top 25 for the Class of 2016. Projects to be a future lottery pick if he continues to develop, already seasoned and playing against pros in pro-am. Kentucky, UConn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Syracuse and Providence.
    7. Shavar Newkirk- PG– Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York.  Top PG in New York City in 2014. Committed to St. Joe’s.
    8. Bashir Ahmed- SG– Going to prep school, still undecided.  Big time sleeper, some people say he is best player in New York City Class of 2014. Villanova, Rutgers, Texas A&M , Seton Hall.
    9. Rashard Figures- SG– Hackensack High School, New Jersey.  Ranked in the Top 5 in state of New Jersey. Florida International, Providence, Villanova, St. Joseph’s , Seton Hall.
    10. Terry Larrier- SF– Phelps School, Pennsylvania. Ranked in the Top 40 for the Class of 2014.  Is a big time athlete. Arizona St., George Mason, Iona, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Texas, USC, VCU, West Virginia.
    11. Khadeen Carrington – SG– Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn, New York. Ranked in the Top 140 for the Class of 2014.  UConn, Boston College, Florida St., Iowa, Iowa St., Pittsburgh, Providence, SMU, West Virginia.
    12. Isaiah Briscoe PG– Undecided on High School for this year, was the top returning guard in the State of New Jersey.  Ranked in the Top 20 for the Class of 2015. Future NBA draft pick. Baylor, UConn, Florida, Florida St., Indiana, Miami, Michigan, Ohio St., Syracuse, UCLA.
    13. Tyus Battle- SG/SF– Gill St. Bernard School, Edison, New Jersey. Ranked in the Top 15 for the Class of 2016. Projects to be future NBA first round pick and next big thing out of New Jersey.  UConn, Indiana, Villanova, Washington, Xavier.
    14. Prince Ali– SG– Sagemont School, Florida. Top 30 2015 future NBA draft pick. UConn, Georgia, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Washington.
    15.  Unique McLean-Combo Guard -Hoosac School, from Brooklyn, NY.  Class of 2016.  Has a vertical of over 40 inches, he’s a high flyer with a jump shot.


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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.