The fourth annual FORUM Tip Off Classic takes place at Southport High School in Indianapolis this weekend. The event, which is one of the best in the Midwest, features numerous high-major signees and a trio of five-star prospects.
Headlining the event is a big five-star showdown featuring the two top ranked teams and players in the state of Indiana. Defending state champion New Albany featuring Romeo Langford will face off with five-star UCLA signee Kris Wilkes and North Central. Currently New Albany is ranked No. 1 in the state while North Central checks in at No. 2.
While Langford and Wilkes probably won't spend the entire game guarding each other, there is a good chance the two stars will matchup quite a bit as the game progresses. Langford and Wilkes are both off to tremendous starts so far this season, with each putting up huge numbers. The two players have never met each other on the court in either high school or AAU, so it should be a good battle for supremacy in the state of Indiana both on an individual and team level.
The other headline game in the event features the state's No. 3 ranked team, Lawrence North, facing off with No. 5 in the state, Fort Wayne North. Fort Wayne North has the top 2019 in the state in five-star prospect and No. 15 overall player Keion Brooks. Also Fort Wayne North has DePaul signee Jaylen Butz down low, and Butz has turned heads so far this season. Lawrence North is also arguably the most talented and deepest team in the state. They feature class of 2018 star forward Kevin Easley Jr. as well as class of 2017 center Ra Kpedi. In a state dominated by guards, the two best frontcourts in the state match up in what should be a phenomenal showdown.
Also participating is five-star Louisville commitment Malik Williams. Williams and Fort Wayne Snider will meet up with Hamilton Southeastern. Southeastern has an imposing frontcourt of their own in Zach Gunn and Aaron Etherington,as well as the state's top freshman prospect Mabor Majak. Hamilton Southeastern is one of the best teams in the state, while Snider could be a sleeper that emerges as Williams and his teammates prepare for a final run as a group.
While those are some of the biggest games between big schools, the high-major players do not stop there. Iowa pledge Jack Nunge and Castle start off the event facing a talented Mt. Vernon squad, while high scoring Butler bound wing Cooper Neese, who is coming off of a 50 point performance, will take on Park Tudor.
Another name to watch is 2018 shooting guard Damezi Anderson. Anderson and South Bend Riley have as much talent as anyone, and they look ready to breakout this season.
12:00 - Mt. Vernon v Castle
2:00 - North Central v New Albany
4:00 - Park Tudor v Cloverdale
5:40 - Hamilton Southeastern v Ft. Wayne Snider
7:20 - Southport v South Bend Riley
9:00 - Lawrence North v Ft. Wayne North