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Tuesday / June 18.
  • 2022 Metro Classic looks like strongest field ever for a New Jersey high school event

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    The Metro Classic is coming back to New Jersey in 2022 and by the looks of the field, it could well be the strongest field ever for a high school showcase event in Garden State history.

    There will actually be two Metro Classic events that will feature 12 Top 20 national teams, 6 Top 20 New York-metro area teams, 10 high school All-Americans and 30 ESPN Top 100 players. Some of the games will be simulcast on the ESPN family of networks.

    “I don’t think there’s ever been a better event in New Jersey,” said tournament promoter Pryia Roy. “Ever.”

    The event will feature all of the top recruits in New Jersey, including D.J. Wagner of Camden, the No. 1 prospect in 2023 per ESPN.com who is being courted by Kentucky, Villanova and Memphis; No. 5 Mackenzie Mgbako (Gill St. Bernard’s), who is being recruited by Duke, Kentucky and Memphis, among others; No. 12 Simeon Wilcher (Roselle Catholic); No. 20 Akil Watson (RC); and No. 22 Aaron Bradshaw (Camden).

    Naas Cunningham, the No. 1 prospect nationally in the Class of 2024, will also be on display with Gill St. Bernard’s, as will No. 7 Elliott Cadeau of Bergen Catholic.

    Several of the top committed Class of 2022 prospects in New Jersey will also be featured in Villanova commit Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep), Georgetown signee Denver Anglin (Gill St. Bernard’s) and Nebraska commit Jamarques Lawrence (Roselle Catholic).

    On the national stage, the National Interscholastic Basketball Conference will hold one of its events during the second session featuring national powers Montverde Academy, Oak Hill Academy, La Lumiere, Sunrise Christian and more.

    Among the players featured will be Class of 2022 Duke commits Dereck Lively (Westtown) and Dariq Whitehead (Montverde), and Class of 2023 Duke pledge Caleb Foster (Oak Hill).


    Jan. 13, Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton

    First Love Academy v. Bergen Catholic, 5:30pm

    Long Island Lutheran v. Roselle Catholic, 7:00pm

    Montverde Academy v. Camden, 8:30pm


    Feb. 3-6, RWJ BARNABAS HEALTH ARENA, Toms River

    Feb. 3
    Oak Hill v. Legacy, 1:00pm

    Sunrise Christian v. Bishop Walsh, 3:00pm  (ESPNU)

    IMG v. La Lumiere, 5:00pm

    Wasach v. Long Island Lutheran, 6:00pm (Alternate site)

    Camden v. Gill St. Bernard’s, 7:00pm

    Montverde Academy v. Bergen Catholic, 9:00pm

    Feb. 4

    Link Academy v. First Love Christian, 12:00 pm (Alternate Site)

    IMG v. Patrick School, 1:00 pm

    Legacy v. Bishop Walsh, 3:00 pm

    Oak Hill v. Wasatch, 5:00 PM

    Sunrise Christian v. Westtown, 7:00 PM

    Montverde v. La Lumiere, 9:00 PM

    Feb. 5

    Compass v. St Thomas More, 9:00 AM

    La Lumiere v. Gill St. Bernard’s, 11:00AM

    Manasquan v. West Side, 12:00 PM (Alternate Site)

    Wasatch v. Bishop Walsh, 1:00 PM

    Patrick School v. Link Academy, 1:30 PM (Alternate Site)

    Montverde Academy v. Legacy, 3:00 PM

    IMG v. Sunrise, 5:00 PM

    Camden v. St Peter’s Prep, 7:00 PM

    Oak Hill v. Roselle Catholic, 9:00 PM

    Feb. 6

    St. Thomas More v. Phelps Prep, 10:30 AM

    Phelps Prep v. First Love Christian, 12:30 PM

    Rumson v. Newark Arts, 2:00 PM

    IMG Prep v. Patrick School Prep, 3:30 PM

    Westfield v. St Joes Prep, 5:30 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.

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