VUSports was on hand for the 22nd annual Philly vs. New York Classic high school basketball event held at Ben Franklin High School over the weekend. A set of three games featured the best sophomores, juniors, and seniors basketball players from the City of Brotherly Love against their peers from the big apple in games for bragging rights.
Some of the notable players in the event:
Class of 2018 Prospects
Matthue Cotton is a class of 2018 six foot five guard who projects as a high major. Cotton is smooth, athletic, and knows how to play the game. Cotton is being recruited by St. Johns and Seton Hall already and shows advanced perimeter skills. Cotton ended up with 11 points including a pair of three pointers. Cotton is a talented big east level type guard with a solid basketball frame. He plays for St. Benedicts.
Mamadou Doucoure is a strong 6’9 athletic force who plays the interior at Our Savior New America in New York. He plays the game with a vengeance and showed advanced rebounding and shot blocking skills around the basket. Doucoure certainly projects as a high major player in the class of 2018.
Marquis Nowell is a junior for Bishop Loughlin, NY and stands at just 5’9. This point guard projects as a high major prospect with Syracuse, Michigan, and Louisville already taking notice. Nowell walked away with MVP honors for the New York squad in the class of 2018 game as he scored 16 points including a trifecta of three pointers. Nowell shows very good quickness and appears to be an above average shooter capable of running a team. Nowell is definitely as smaller sized point guard with a huge upside and one high majors will surely keep an eye on over the next year.
Class of 2019 Prospects
Precious Achiuwa a 6’7 sophomore from St. Benedicts may have been the most impressive player on the floor. He is a well-built freak athlete who converted alley oops and a serious of putbacks. Achiuwa needs to work on his perimeter skills but has a huge ceiling and is lethal in transition. Achiuwa projects as a Top 30 player and is still growing into his well-defined athletic frame. Right now Achiuwa is more of an interior player but he can transition out to the perimeter with development. This young man was a beast on the boards and is high major player with a great ceiling.
Christian Ings is a strong quick 5’10 Philly guard who takes no prisoners and walked away with the MVP award for Philadelphia is the class of 2019 game. Ings is out of the national prominent Neumann-Goretti program and scored 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists including a floater and a pair of three pointers. Christian exemplified toughness and is a ball hawk on defense. Christian is not a pure point guard but is more of a combo guard who plays with non-stop passion.
Eric Dixon is a class of 2019 6’7 forward from Abington and is a highly skilled big guy who is capable of hitting perimeter shots. Dixon is a big-bodied strong player who scored 14 points on a variety of interior and face up shots. If Dixon continues to grow he will likely get many mid to high major offers. He is very fundamentally sound with great footwork and coordination for a 235 pound sophomore in high school. This lefty is one to watch as he continues to get better each time we see him.
Bryce Wills from Iona College Prep is an athletic slender 6’5 combo guard who is capable of playing both guards slots. Early last week, Bryce received an offer from the defending champion Villanova Wildcats. Willis has a knack of slicing through the defense and quick penetrating moves including a stellar crossover. Willis is a good one on one player who not only facilitates for others but can score the ball himself. Willis had 10 fourth quarter points to lead New York to a 62-59 final victory in the class of 2019 game. Bryce scored the go-ahead bucket with a steal and slammed the ball home for good measure. Wills ended up with a total of 14 points and 5 assists. UConn and Maryland are also involved.
Villanova’s most recent commit, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, scored 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a great effort for the losing team. Teammate Quade Green also scored 14 points and dished out 8 assists for Philly.
Philadelphia has a loaded 9th grade class with several high major prospects. Some of the better ninth graders include:
Mikeal Jones is a 6’7 reclassified 9th grader who attends Girard College and projects as a national Top 25 player. Jones has the total package of athleticism, motor, and a combination of both interior and perimeter skills. He will be one of the most highly recruited players in his class of 2020.
AJ Hoggard from Archbishop Carroll in Philadelphia is a 6’2 combo guard who is extremely skilled an athletic. He is already one of the top players nationally in his class.
Elijah Taylor is 9th grader who is 6’8 and attends Imhotep and is an athletic young man with a strong frame and rapidly improving skills. Taylor is the top young big guy in the Philly area.
Lynn Greer III is a 6’1 point guard out of Roman Catholic and displays high level quickness, ball handling, and shooting ability. Greer projects as one of the area’s top point guards.