Camden's Cornelius Robinson scores a shot during the 4th quarter of the boys basketball game between Lenape and Camden played at Camden High School on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Camden beat Lenape, 76-64.

The Metro Classic basketball tournament has featured some of the best high school teams and talent in the country since its inception in 2013, including twice NBA star Karl Anthony Towns, the former No. 1 pick. 1 of the Philadelphia Sixers Ben Simmons and a host of other current NBA players.

Founders and brothers Pryia and Mukesh Roy have raised the bar this year.

This season’s exhibition, which has its first session Thursday at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton and another February 3-6 at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River, features 12 national teams of the top 20, all 10 -US high school Americans and ESPN’s 30 100 best. players.

The event signature match sets Camden, school no. 1 public in the country and third overall according to ESPN last week, against Montverde (Fla.), Who won the GEICO national championship in 2021, at 8:30. Thursday afternoon.

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“The event has just grown in popularity because of the teams, the players, the great coaches and the support from New Jersey basketball fans, and because we did not have basketball last year, there were a lot of repressed demands,” said Pryia Roy. “The teams were approaching and we’m like, you know what, if the demand is there, we’re going to host a great event.”