2012 Donofrio Classic Preview

On Monday evening, the 2012 Donofrio Classic will begin at The Fellowship House in Conshohocken (PA). As always, the event will draw the best high school players from the Philadelphia area.

Games begin Monday, March 26th at 7 o'clock, and the event concludes on April 17th with the championship game. Last year, the I-3 All-Stars, featuring Jaylen Bond, Amile Jefferson, Devin Coleman, and Malcolm Gilbert, took down Bucks County, starring Darrun Hilliard, in the title game.

Rosters for this year's event have been released, but as always, some players are listed on more than one team's roster. Today, Hawk Hill Hardwood will take a look at some of the event's likely stars.

Glancing through the rosters, I-3 once again is absolutely loaded. Philadelphia's three elite-level seniors, Amile Jefferson, Savon Goodman, and Daniel Ochefu, are joined by future Boston University star Maurice Watson and future Temple Owl Quenton DeCosey. Elite 2015 stars Horace Spencer and Karl Towns Jr. also fill out the roster. On first glance, I-3 looks, without a doubt, to be the favorite entering the event.

The Roadrunners don't quite have the star-power of I-3, but they have some headliners of their own. The big name there is one of the elite 2013 wings in America: junior Tyler Roberson. Roberson isn't alone, as he is joined by 7-foot SMU-commit Blaise Mbargorba, Jameel Warney, Aaron Bodie, and more.

On Saturday evening, the Chester Clippers capped off a tremendous season with a Pennsylvania Class AAAA championship title, handling Lower Merion for the second time this month. That entire Chester team, including five-star junior Rondae Jefferson, will suit up in Donofrio as Meanstreet.

Team Philly is another one with a chance of doing some serious damage in the tournament. The big name for Team Philly is 2013 Penn State commit Brandon Austin. Austin and his Imhotep teammates just captured their Pennsylvania state title this weekend as well, beating Western Pennsylvania's Beaver Falls in the championship game. Austin is joined by seniors Malik Garner, Chazz Patterson, and more.

Hunting Park has two teams in the event, Hunting Park I and Hunting Park II. Team I features junior big man Jai Williams, as well as his high school teammate, guard Hakeem Baxter. In addition to those two, senior David George, who is receiving his share of Division 1 interest, and Imhotep wing guard Khyree Wooten also fill out the roster. Hunting Park II stars one of the best sophomores in the city of Philadelphia, Freire forward Jahyde Gardiner.

Other notable names are littered throughout the event. 2014 high-major forward Ben Bentil is listed on Positive Image II's roster. Villanova commit Ryan Arcidiacono is on the Bucks All-Stars. The Keystone Blazers have an imposing frontcourt of senior Duquesne commit Donovon Jack and Rider commit Derrick Stewart, as well as 7-footer Tao Xu.

2013 Notre Dame commit Steve Vasturia is slated to play for the Conshy Warriors. 2014 five-star guard Ja'Quan Newton is listed to play for Don-Len. Lower Merion wing guard B.J. Johnson, who is being recruited by most of the colleges in Philadelphia, is on Team Clean It with many of his high school teammates.

As mentioned earlier, a number of players are listed on multiple rosters. 2013 guard Miles Overton is on the rosters of DeStefano Electric, Philly Assault and Conshy Warriors. Whichever team he plays for first is the team he will remain with the remainder of the event.

While rosters are always flexible with this event, the schedule is set, and games begin on Monday. One thing is for sure, and that is the fact that the event appears to feature in the vicinity of 50 Division 1 players this year. Hawk Hill Hardwood will be on hand for a number of the games and providing recaps and school lists from the event.

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