All-City Classic: Part B

Philadelphia junior point guard Rysheed Jordan has taken the summer circuit by storm over the past year. On Wednesday night, he put on a show at the Wayne Ellington All-City Classic. In our second look at the game, Hawk Hill Hardwood looks at Jordan and three other players that stood out.

Rysheed Jordan- Jordan, who checks in at 26 in Scout's Top 100 in 2013, is one of the area's most heralded players, and with good reason. Blessed with great size, length, speed, and near freakish athleticism, Jordan will likely be able to continue his playing career in college wherever he would like. Temple, Maryland, and Villanova are among the schools widely considered to be among the frontrunners for the 6'3 floor general. What makes Rysheed so special is his ability to push the ball from end to end. He is a blur in the open court, where he is as likely to find the open man or finish above the rim. On Wednesday evening, Jordan's athleticism was on full display, both in the slam-dunk contest and in the game itself. Rysheed had the dunk of the night when he went windmill on the break, elevating way over the rim. There are few guards in the country, regardless of class, who combine Rysheed's blend of quickness, athleticism, and court vision. As he continues his strong play this summer, it would not be shocking to see Rysheed further elevate his stock.

Rashann London- This was my first real look at the 6'2 2014 shooting guard from Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School. Having heard positive things about London's play this spring, I was excited to see him play on Wednesday. London made a positive first impression. All-star games like this are obviously guard-driven, and Rashann more than fit in during the 2014 game, on the court with talents like JaQuan Newton, Shep Garner, and Malik Starkes. While he did knock down a jumper from three, London was at his best getting to the bucket. Early on, he had a running floater, then moments later got fouled while scoring on a foray to the rim. This continued throughout the game, as Rashann was able get into the lane at will, where he finished with runners and lay-ins. London plays alongside 2014 Saint Joseph's recruiting target Shep Garner. The Hawks attended a number of Roman Catholic open gyms and games this season. London is likely a guy that St. Joe's will give a hard look in 2014.

Derrick Jones- Jones was one of the many incredibly impressive players in the 2015 game Wednesday night. All-star games tend to spotlight players who possess athleticism and the ability to get out and run in the open court. To put it simply, Derrick Jones was more than comfortable in this setting. A 6'5 wing, Jones put on a dunking display. Moments into the game, he had a put-back dunk over two defenders that, while called off due to an over-the-back, nearly blew the lid off the gym. Jones further showcased his athleticism with a baseline-out-of-bounds jam and a put-back slam in overtime. The 2015 class in Philadelphia made a very strong first impression Wednesday night, and Jones was one of the most exciting prospects in the gym. At Archbishop Carroll (PA), Jones had a strong freshman year, playing alongside talented 2013 guard Yosef Yacob. With Jones and Yacob both returning, Carroll looks poised to be a dangerous team next year in Philadelphia.

Jeremiah Worthem- Worthem, a 6'6 combo forward out of Philadelphia's Math, Civics, and Sciences, has been a household name in Philadelphia basketball circles since he was a freshman. As a sophomore, "Lump" helped lead MCS to a state championship, and his stock was soaring. Since, his stock has fluctuated a bit, going up and down. On Wednesday night, he put together a strong outing. Seemingly transitioning from the 4 to the 3, Lump showed an ability to score from the perimeter, connecting on three jumpers from three. A strong, aggressive, tough player, he was also able to bully his way to a bucket driving the baseline. Worthem attended a number of Saint Joseph's games last season, and the Hawks have long been involved. Most of the recent interest and offers for him have been from MAAC and CAA schools. His recruitment will be interesting to follow in July, since college coaches will once again be able to track their targets. Playing alongside Rysheed Jordan, Miles Overton, and more, there will not be a shortage of college coaches checking in on Worthem and his Philly Pride teammates.

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