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1st Annual ‘Big Strick Classic’ Releases Star-Studded Rosters


The 1st Annual “Big Strick Classic” (formerly the “Franchise Classic”) Memorial high school basketball game will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Nat Holman Gym at City College on 138th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan, New York. The game is a memorial to the legendary streetball player John “Franchise” Strickland, featuring some of the top high school players from around the country, as the USA team, against the top players from the NYC Tri-state area as NYC team. We covered inaugural Franchise Class last summer, and this year looks to feature even more elite high school talent from across the country (and Canada).

Stay tuned for more coverage of the event on SLAMonline.com. For now, here is some info about the event, followed by the rosters for both teams, courtesy of our friends at BigStrickClassic.com:

The admission to the game is free and open to the public. There will be free giveaways for fans. This game is sponsored by Bounce Apparel, Left Hand, Right Hand, LLC., The Rock Basketball, Stack Media and SLAM Magazine.

First, the players will be at Rucker Park during the afternoon of Friday, August 10, 2012, for a workout and press day which will be open to the public. The night of Friday, August 10, 2012, the players will scrimmage at a secret location in Harlem, which will be revealed two weeks before the game. Also, former NBA All-Star Dale Davis has graciously accepted our invitation to “school” the players with his company Pro Players Holding, which will present multiple life skill training sessions thru innovative structures as it relates to health, wealth, lifestyle and culture from past to current athletes and how to manage your career. Lenny Cooke will also be there to tell the players his story. Other special guests to be announced!!!!

On Saturday, August 11, 2012, before the game the players will be treated to a tour of New York City earlier in the day. Then, they will head up to City College. The doors open at 5:30 PM and the admission is FREE. The players will also participate in a dunk contest sponsored by SLAM Magazine and a 3-point shootout sponsored by The Rock Basketball.

Remember Brand Jordan is gone, Elite 24 is gone. The Big Strick Classic gives the New York area basketball fan a chance to see these up and coming stars in person. Were you there when LeBron played against Lenny Cooke? We’re bringing the players to you, you don’t want to miss this event!! Just look at the rosters and you’ll see what we mean.

For more information, please visit: www.bigstrickclassic.com

Or contact Don Sparks 646-247-8100

The Big Strick Classic

Saturday, August 11I 2012 @ Nat HoIman Gym at City College at 138th Street and Convent Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

Free Admission. Doors open @ 5:30, Game starts @ 6 PM.

“Team New York” (10 Players). Two Weeks Before the Event we will add the rest of the roster.

  1. Isaiah Whitehead—NYC—Class of 2014—G—#17 on Rivals
  2. Chris McCullough—NYC—Class of 2014—PF—#6 on Max Preps
  3. Dakari Johnson—NYC—Class of 2014—PF/C—#4 on Scout
  4. Terrence Samuel—NYC—Class of 2013—G—#89 on Rivals
  5. Anthony Barber—Virginia—Class of 2013—PG—#9 on Rivals
  6. Noah Vonleh—Mass—Class of 2014—PF—#2 on Rivals
  7. Troy Williams—Virginia—Class of 2013—F—#17 on Max Preps
  8. Jaron Sina—NJ—Guard—Class of 2013—G—#47 on Max Preps
  9. Emmanuel Mudiay—Texas—Class of 2014—G—#5 on Rivals
  10. Jared Terrell—Mass—Class of 2014—G—#21 on Scout

Coaches: Dwayne “Tiny” Morton & Dave Britton

USA Players (10 players). Two Weeks Before the Event we will add the rest of the roster.

  1. Andrew Wiggins–Canada—Class of 2014—SF—#1 on Rivals
  2. Andrew Harrison–Texas—Class of 2013—PF—#3 on Rivals
  3. Aaron Harrison—Texas—Class of 2013—SG—#4 on Rivals
  4. Jabari Bird—California—Class of 2013—SG—#12 on Max Preps
  5. Robert Hubbs—Tenn—Class of 2013—F—#11 on Rivals
  6. Tyler Ennis—Canada—Class of 2013—G—#20 on Rivals
  7. Sindarius Thornwell—Va—Class of 2013—G—#19 on Scout
  8. Jordan Mickey—Texas—Class of 2013—PF—#21 on Scout
  9. Marcus Lovett, Jr—California—Class of 2015—G—#5 on ESPN
  10. Malik Price Martin—Florida—Class of 2013—PF—#59 on Rivals

Coaches: Aaron Harrison & Tony Mclntyre

Player Selection Criteria: Players were selected using the average aggregate rankings from the following rating authorities: Rivals, ESPN, Maxpreps, 5-Star and Scout.com.

We also looked at: Performance in a players High School Season and in AAU games, Character and sportsmanship, The excitement level of a player or what we call the “Strick Factor”.

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  • onlytheflyest

    USA Players

  • cball

    wheres caligornia? I thought jabari bird was from california

  • Jerome

    Wiggins gonna own.

  • Sin City

    Please believe I will be there. I was rocking the I Am Strick tee last week.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    the best player on the USA team is Canadian.

  • http://facebook.com d00m

    Whitehead? Can someone please explain the background of some of these kids.. I’m a Native American from north eastern Montana, and the names not common around here, but I do know some with it. Just a question.

  • Coach Russ

    How can a player get noticed if not given the opportunity? rankings are basically statistics on paper but excitement and talent makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE! YES, we have that in Mr, Rachard Moody (1) of Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn) High School basketball program. He definitely was a factor in them winning their championship and them meeting Boys and Girls basketball team at Madison Square Garden this Spring. I was told tonight that he would not even get a look,”can’t be touched” because he is not ranked from 1-1000. what about his skills, what about his excitement (that’s a criteria), what about his basketball IQ of the game itself. This is all misleading and somewhat discouraging to our future phenoms! He can play with the best of them and definitely plays UP… he plays out of his league and holds his own. We all have misfortunes and Rachard (Lil Rah Rah) has a story to tell, its not his fault but I say this he will out shine most of those kids that are RANKED… He is noticed just not ranked, WOW, ENOUGH WITH THE POLITICS AND BUREAUCRACY ALREADY. NYC KIDS ARE ALWAYS OVERLOOKED! BY THE WAY HE PLAYED ONE GAME IN 2011 WITH OCEAN 11 BASKETBALL TEAM IN TRISTATE SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION NO ONE KNEW OF HIM BUT AFTER THAT ONE GAME HE IS REMEMBERED… PURE POINT GUARD RACHARD(Lil Rah Rah) MOODY..

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