Let’s gooo! The Metro Classic High School Basketball Showcase is back! The event will take place February 9-11 at Kean University in New Jersey.
Started in 2013, the showcase has brough together some of the biggest high school basketball teams and prospects from around the country. This year it's taking place at Kean University, NJ. Participating teams include Gill St. Bernard, Roselle Catholic, First Love Christian, Montverde, St. Thomas More, North Bergen and Rutgers Prep among others.
Here's this year's schedule:
Just to give you a little taste of the caliber of players that have attended this tournament in the past, here is a short list: Ben Simmons (Montverde, Sixers); Karl Towns (St. Joe’s Metuchen, Timberwolves); D’Angleo Russell (Montverde, Lakers); Deandre Bembrey (Patrick School, Hawks); Dakari Johnson (Montverde, Thunder); Chieck Diallo (Our Savior, Pelicans); Wade Baldwin (St. Joes Metuchen, Grizzlies); and Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic, Kings).
The classic has become an annual scouting location for a number of college programs, including Kentucky, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Kansas and Villanova.
Not only is the Metro Classic a mean showcase of young talent, but it also contains a charitable component, with the tournament donations going to a different recipient every year. It represents a way to impact the community and stress the importance of giving back. It is a wonderful example of sport going beyond just the game and making a difference in the world. For more details about the tournament, check out this link.
One of this highest profile players that will be in attendance is none other than #1 on the ESPN Top 100 list, RJ Barrett. The future Duke small forward will be showing exactly why he earned his spot on top of that list and why he got recruited by one of the best college programs in the country. The 6’7″ Canadian will be playing one of his last high school tournaments and will definitely be looking to leave his mark. This guy can do it all. Check out some tasty highlights of our man at work.
However, this guy isn’t the only reason you need to go watch this tournament. There will be a buffet of talent to indulge in. This tournament never disappoints. Check out some of these gems from last year’s competition.
As you can probably tell, the Metro Classic is going to be a dime of a tournament. Make sure to catch it between the 9-11th of February at Kean University in New Jersey. Prepare yourselves for some serious prospects and timeless plays.