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.”
The wheels were set in motion at the Camden-Montverde match in the summer.
“I have known for years Rick Brunson, who is the coach of Camden, and I have known for many, many years Kevin Boyle, the coach of Montverde (and once was the coach of St. Patrick),” he said. Roy. . “When we saw (two years ago) how great Camden was before they did not have the (Champions Tournament), it was just a natural opportunity because of the Jersey roots. Kevin’s from New Jersey, Montverde is led by a New Jersey player, (senior, Newark native and recruiter Duke) Dariq Whitehead. “We have DJs and the Wagner family, South Jersey basketball and Camden … let’s see if we can continue the game and both coaches were excited and we did it.”
Brunson is always looking to challenge his program and that is why he wanted to bring the game to the list.
“I think it’s important for our kids, we have 7, 8 scholarship players, to have a college-type atmosphere playing against elite talent, an elite coach, I had a lot of respect for Kevin Boyle,” the coach said. Panthers Rick Brunson following. a win over Lenape last Tuesday. “I saw him as a coach at St. individually and as a team. ”
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Thursday’s other matches are Phelps School (Pa.) Against Bergen Catholic at 17:30 and Nr. 20 Long Island Lutheran (NY) vs. No. 14 Roselle Catholic at 7.
The games trio was special to Roy because it features elite schools from the three-state area.
“These games are really great in terms of their field, but having local teams that are national teams is also unique,” Roy said. “Often the teams, the local teams, are not so ranked, but we have been lucky this year. “For me, it adds a lot more emotion when you have local teams representing at the national level.”
Visit www.metroclassic.com to purchase tickets or more information.
Classic subway timetable
Session 1 at Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton
Phelps School (Pa.) V. Bergen Catholic, 5:30 p.m.
Long Island Lutheran (NY) vs. Roselle Catholic, 19:00
Montverde Academy (Fla.) Vs. Camden, 8:30 p.m.
Session 2 at RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River
Oak Hill (Va.) Vs. Legacy (SC), 1 p.m.
Sunrise (Kan.) V. Bishop Walsh (Md.), 15:00
IMG Academy (Fla.) Vs. La Lumiere (Ind.), 17:00
Wasatch (Utah) vs. Long Island Lutheran, 18:00 (alternate page)
Camden vs Gill St. Bernard’s, 19:00
Montverde v. Bergen Catholic, 21:00
Link Academy (Mo.) vs. First Love Christian (Pa.), Noon (alternative page)
IMG Academy vs Patrick School, time 13:00
Inheritance against Bishop Walsh, 3 p.m.
Oak Hill vs. Wasatch, 5 p.m.
Sunrise vs. Westtown (Pa.), 7 p.m.
Montverde vs. La Lumiere, 9 p.m.
Compass v. St. Thomas More (Konn.), 09:00
La Lumiere vs. Gill St. Bernard’s, time 11:00
Manasquan vs. West Side, noon (alternative location)
Wasatch against Bishop Walsh, 1 p.m.
Patrick School vs. Link Academy, 1:30 p.m. (alternate pages)
Montverde v. Heritage, 3 p.m.
IMG Academy vs Sunrise, 17:00
Camden vs. St. Peter’s Preparation, 7 p.m.
Oak Hill vs. Roselle Catholic, 9 p.m.
St. Thomas More v. Phelps Prep, 10:30 p.m.
Phelps School Vs. First Love Christian, time 12:30
Rumson vs. Newark Arts, 2 p.m.
IMG Prep vs Patrick School Prep, 3:30 p.m.
Westfield vs St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.), 5:30 p.m.
St. School Thomas Aquinas vs. George (Pa.), Ora 19.00
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