Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Entering year five, the Mary Kline Classic Charity All-Star Event will return to West Orange, N.J. in May with two games showcasing some of high school basketball’s top talent. West Orange High School will host the 5th annual event benefitting cancer research on Saturday, May 30th as part of a double-header with the Underclassmen Game and Senior game. The Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest presented by Gatorade will take place in between. Tip off is at 6 p.m. EST as top sophomores, juniors and seniors take the floor with the hope of raising awareness and funds for cancer research to support Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of Philadelphia and the National Brain Tumor Society. These top prospects will follow in the footsteps of previous MKC alumni Tyler Ennis, Karl Anthony-Towns, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough, Isaiah Whitehead, Romelo Trimble, Cheick Diallo, Isaiah Briscoe and others.
The Underclassmen game will tip off at 6:15 p.m. following a speech from this year’s guest of honor, Kyle Atkinson, a cancer survivor and former basketball player. The Underclassmen game is comprised of 20 of the top high school sophomores and juniors.
Following the first game, the Three-Point Contest will take place at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Slam Dunk Contest. Last year’s slam dunk champion, Unique McLean, had his winning dunk appear on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.
The seniors will rap up the event at 8:15 p.m. as the class of 2015 takes the court. 20 of the nation’s top seniors will take the floor to play for a greater cause. Last year’s M.V.P.’s were Miami’s Ja’Quan Newton and Villanova’s Phil Booth.
“We are ecstatic about the 5th annual Mary Kline Classic,” said Mary Kline Classic director Alex Kline. “Based on the success of previous events, including last year’s event which raised $31,000, this year’s product has the potential to top that from an entertainment value, as well as raising money and awareness for a great cause. My mother, Mary Kline, would be thrilled with the legacy and impact this event continues to have.”
To date, the event has raised over $104,000 for cancer research and has been recognized by many national media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and the New York Times.
The Mary Kline Classic partners with a number of great companies, including: Gatorade, Nike, Krossover, Chipotle, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Cathy Lehman Gursha Special Events, Payroll Solutions, National Brain Tumor Society, People Metrics, Strideline and Crown Trophy.
Tickets for the Mary Kline Classic will be on sale at West Orange High School the day of the event for a donation to charity. Adults pay $15 and students with a valid ID pay $10. For more information, visit the official web site, www.MaryKlineClassic.com, or follow the MKC on Twitter @MKC2K15 or @TheRecruitScoop.
**2015 Mary Kline Classic takes place Saturday, May 30th at West Orange High School (NJ) beginning at 6pm.**
2015 Mary Kline Classic participants
SENIOR GAMETeam PerseveranceJalen Adams (Brewster Academy, NH/UConn), Crew Ainge (Kimball Union, NH), Terance Mann (Tilton School, NH/Florida State), Steve Enoch (St. Thomas More, CT/UConn), Prince Ali (Sagemont School, FL/UCLA), Rayjon Tucker (Northside Christian Academy, NC/Florida Gulf Coast), Matt Ryan (Iona Prep, NY/Notre Dame), Aaron Falzon (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA/Northwestern), Josh Sharma (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA/Stanford), Donovan Mitchell (Brewster Academy, NH/Louisville)
Coached by Jason Smith, Eric Harrield and Kevin Funston
Team CourageMalik Ellison (Life Center Academy, NJ), Chris Clarke (Cape Henry Collegiate, VA/Virginia Tech), Justin Jenifer (Milford Mill, MD/Cincinnati), Derrick Jones (Archbishop Carroll, PA/UNLV), Eric Davis (Saginaw Arthur Hill, MI/Texas), Chris Silva (Roselle Catholic, NJ/South Carolina), Traci Carter (Life Center Academy, NJ/Marquette), Davon Dillard (Our Savior New American, NY/California), Moustapha Diagne (Pope John XXIII, NJ/Syracuse), Myles Stephens (St. Andrews, DE/Princeton)
Coached by Matt Pauls, Chris Alesi and Jamal Slappy
UNDERCLASSMEN GAMETeam InspirationTrevon Duval (St. Benedict’s, NJ/2017), Matt Coleman (Maury, VA/2017), Unique McLean (MacDuffie, MA/2016), Curtis Jones (Huntington Prep, WV/2016), Kodye Pugh (Blair Academy, NJ/2017), Bruce Brown (Vermont Academy, VT/2016), Mamadou Diarra (Putnam Science Academy, CT/2016), Sedee Keita (22-Feet Academy, SC/2016), Jordan Tucker (Archbishop Stepinac, NY/2017), Hamidou Diallo (Putnam Science, CT/2017)
Coached by Chad Babel, Dave Gates and Jack Meriweather
Team BraveryChris Lykes (Gonzaga Prep, DC)/2017), Jagan Mosely (St. Anthony, NJ/2016), Breein Tyree (St. Joseph’s Metuchen, NJ/2016), D.J. Harvey (DeMatha Catholic, MD/2017), Temple Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep, NJ/2016), Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic, MD/2016), Matthew Moyer (Gahanna Lincoln, OH/2016/Syracuse), Ty Jerome (Iona Prep, NY/2016/Virginia), Nicholas Richards (The Patrick School, NJ/2017), Kyle Guy (Lawrence Central, IN/2016/Virginia)
Coached by Mike Jones, Billy Diamond and Doug Martin
Slam Dunk Contest presented by Gatorade: Breein Tyree, Derrick Jones, Donovan Mitchell, Unique McLean, Jalen Adams, Prince Ali, Davon Dillard & Rayjon Tucker
3-Point Shootout presented by Gatorade: Matt Ryan, Ty Jerome, Eric Davis, Aaron Falzon, D.J. Harvey, Crew Ainge, Steve Enoch & Kyle Guy
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.