All-City Classic Preview

On Wednesday evening, many of Philadelphia's top freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be competing in the All-City Basketball Classic. The event, which will begin with the freshman game at 5 pm, is to take place at The Community College of Philadelphia. Hawk Hill Hardwood will be on hand for the evening's three games.

The 5 o'clock game stars the area's top freshmen. Among them are Sammy Foreman out of The Haverford School (PA), Ahmad Gilbert of Constitution (PA), Malachi Richardson of Trenton Catholic (NJ), and Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll (PA). This will be my first time seeing many of the area's best freshmen. Coverage following the games will include stand-out stars from this game, as well as the other two.

Following the freshman game, the sophomores will take the court. A number of players in the sophomore game are already receiving serious college recruiting attention. First and foremost in that conversation is Neumann-Goretti (PA) guard Ja'Quan Newton. Newton has offers from Villanova, Temple, Saint Joseph's, Rutgers, and many more. Expect things with Newton to heat up significantly more this summer.

From a Saint Joseph's standpoint, a number of players either with offers or serious interest will be participating in the all-star game. Roman Catholic (PA) shooting guard Shep Garner has an offer from the Hawks, and is being recruited at a high-major level. Math, Civics, and Sciences (PA) wing guard Malik Starkes is another 2014 guard who has the attention of the Saint Joseph's staff. Imhotep Charter (PA) combo forward Basil Thompson is another SJU target. Thompson took in Saint Joseph's home win this past season against Temple. Sean Lloyd from Franklin Learning Center and Rashann London from Roman Catholic are two more names that appear to be on SJU's radar.

The night will be capped off by the junior game. This one features two bona fide, elite caliber players in 6'4 point guard Rysheed Jordan and 6'7 wing Rondae Jefferson. While they are the clear headliners in this contest, they are not by any stretch the only two future college stars. Penn State commit Brandon Austin, a 6'6 guard from Imhotep, is extraordinarily talented in his own right. The same can be said for Notre Dame commit and Saint Joseph's Prep star Steve Vasturia. Vasturia's high school teammate, 6'4 guard Miles Overton (pictured above), will also be playing Wednesday night. Overton is seeing serious interest from the likes of Wake Forest, Drexel, Saint Joseph's, and more.

Lower Merion (PA) junior wing guard B.J. Johnson has an offer on the table from the Hawks and is seeing his recruitment heat up this spring thanks to his strong play on the AAU circuit with Nike's Team Final. His AAU teammate, Dominique Reid from Timber Creek (NJ) is another player with a Hawk offer on the table. The 6'7 combo forward has also turned in a handful of impressive outings on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Germantown Academy (PA) big man Julian Moore is making a strong case for best post player in Philadelphia in the junior class. He was very impressive at the Philly Jam Fest in April. At the moment, his recruitment is more at the Patriot level, but that is very likely to change into legitimate Atlantic 10 interest with continued strong play. He has tremendous size and a solid arsenal of post moves.

Hawk Hill Hardwood will be on hand Wednesday night to provide a combination of game recaps, player write-ups, and interviews. Check back throughout the coming week for all that information.

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