2013 Mary Kline Classic Preview

On Sunday evening, many of the top high school players from across the country will gather at Philadelphia University to compete in the 2013 Mary Kline Classic. The event, organized by The Recruit Scoop's Alex Kline, is an all-star game fundraiser, with all proceeds and donations going to The National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Doors open at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon, with the event tipping off just a bit after 5. The Mary Kline Classic features an underclassman game, a slam-dunk contest, a three-point shooting contest, and a senior game.

The senior game features the likes of Rysheed Jordan, Tyler Roberson, Jermaine Lawrence, B.J. Johnson, Josh Hart, Brandon Austin, and more.

The senior game gives two city schools a chance to see one of their incoming freshmen. Temple-bound Josh Brown is competing on Team Courage alongside Saint Joseph's commit DeAndre Bembry.

Bembry, a 6'6 small forward from The Patrick School (NJ) had a phenomenal senior year at The Patrick School, earning first-team all-state honors. An electric athlete, DeAndre is also competing in the slam-dunk contest. Sunday's event gives St. Joe's and Temple fans a chance to see their North Jersey recruits a little closer to campus.

The underclassman game features a number of SJU recruiting targets in the classes of 2014 and 2015.

In fact, there are roughly half-a-dozen St. Joe's recruiting targets in the evening's first game. In the class of 2014, 6'8 St. Andrew's (DE) combo forward Ben Bentil is one of Phil Martelli's apparent top frontcourt targets. Ben plays for the We R-1 17u AAU program. On Sunday, he will play for Team Inspiration alongside AAU teammate Kaison Randolph. Randolph, a 2014 6'2 combo guard, is being recruited most aggressively by Buffalo, Towson, Saint Joseph's, Rhode Island, and several others.

2015's Tyler Kohl and Derrick Jones are also on Team Inspiration. Both Kohl and Jones hold offers from the Hawks, and are teammates for We R-1's 16u squad.

Jumping to Team Bravery, there are several other players with Hawk offers. 2014 forward Alec Brennan picked up an offer from SJU last summer, but has not been linked with the Hawks in quite some time. The same could be said for elite 2014 point guard Ja'Quan Newton. 2014 wing Jared Nickens at one point listed SJU as one of his top two schools, but has since seen his recruiting stock skyrocket. Maryland, Miami, Oregon State, and more are in hot pursuit of the sweet-shooting 6'6 small forward.

Another player on Team Bravery with a Hawk offer who has seen his recruiting stock explode is 6'6 Great Valley (PA) wing Mikal Bridges. Bridges, who runs with Team Final alongside Shep Garner, Nana Foulland, Ja'Quan Newton, and more, has been recruited heavily by the Hawks all year long, but is now seeing elite-level high-major interest. Bridges picked up an offer from Florida just last week.

The 2013 Mary Kline Classic is a talent-rich event with all proceeds going toward a great cause. For Saint Joseph's fans, it's a chance to catch incoming freshman DeAndre Bembry in action. With Ben Bentil, Kaison Randolph, Mikal Bridges, Tyler Kohl, and Derrick Jones all competing in the underclassman game, it's also a chance to catch SJU's recruiting targets.

Again, doors open at 2 on Sunday at Philadelphia University, with the underclassman game tipping off just after 5, the three-point shooting and dunk contests following, and ultimately the senior game finishing the night off with a tip around 8 o'clock.

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