From our friends at the Jim Couch Foundation:
- Nationally ranked players in the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018 participate in training showcase that assists the Jim Couch Foundation’s Open Gym Free Training and Conditioning programming for the NYC basketball playing community. Selected 2015 men and women will be included in the Saturday training session
- Alumni include ESPN Top 50 players Stephen Zimmerman, Isaiah Briscoe, Thomas Bryant, Thon Maker, Cheick Diallo, Omari Spellman, Rawle Alkins, Mario Kegler, Temple Gibbs, Payton Pritchard, Jalek Felton, PJ Washington, Cody Riley, Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval, DJ Harvey, and Tomas Murphy
- 2016 class highlighted by Mustapha Heron, Devonte Green, and Ty Jerome; 2017 class highlighted by Jordan Tucker, Melo Eggleston, Nate Pierre-Louis, Trae Young, and Sid Wilson; 2018 class highlighted by Solomon Ulayenmno, Atiba Taylor, and Marcus Little
- Iconic32 Sports Lab and Core Focus training sessions
- Saturday: Training from 3-6 pm, Uptown Challenge NYC Girls HS Game 7:30 pm
- Sunday: Jim Couch Foundation Youth Clinic with New York Knicks 8:30 –11:30 am
- Sunday: National Freshman Game at 12:15 pm, NYC Uptown Challenge Best of 2016 Game – – Metro Showcase (NY, NJ, LI, CT) at 2:00 pm, and 2017 NYC versus National Players at 3:45 pm.
On the weekend of October 4-5, 2014, 64 of the Nation’s top freshmen, sophomore and junior basketball players will descend on New York City to participate in the Jim Couch National Training Showcase presented by Combinator Magazine. The event, benefiting the Jim Couch Foundation’s Free Basketball Conditioning and Fitness Clinic programming, is in its fourth year and has been attended by actor Morris Chestnut, MTV2 Converse Band of Ballers host Bobbito Garcia, Sports Illustrated model Damaris Lewis, hip-hop mogul Irv Gotti, and ESPN 30 for 30 Director Dan Klores. Saturday’s program starts at 3:00 pm EST at Mott Haven Educational Complex located at 730 Concourse Village West, Bronx, NY 10451.
The following players have committed to participate in the Jim Couch Super 16 National Training Showcase:
2018 National Freshmen Showcase Players
Tyler Bourne (5-10 Guard, Lincoln HS, NY); Nikolas Bonitto (6-4, Forward, University School, FL); Matt Cotton (6-2 Guard, Academy New Church, PA); Samson George (6- 7, Forward, St. Mary’s HS, NY); Moses Graham (6-7 Center, Archbishop Molloy, NY); Louis King (6-6 Forward, Roselle Catholic, NJ); Marcus Little (6-9 Center, Academy New Church, PA); Isiah Mucius (6-5 Forward, The Fessenden School, MA); Atiba Taylor (6-3 Guard, Roselle Catholic, NJ); Idan Tretout (6-2 Guard, Bishop Loughlin, NY); Brennan Schofield (6-7 Forward, Fishers Hamilton Southeastern, IN); Zach Scott (6-3 Guard, Westminster Academy, FL); Raheem Solomon (6-3 Guard, Sacred Heart HS, CT); Rashaad Staten (6-1 Guard, Bishop Loughlin, NY); Chauncey Sterling (5-11 Guard, St. Anthony HS); Omar Silverio (5-10 Guard, St. Raymond HS); Lunden Taylor (6-1 Guard, San Joaquin Memorial, CA); Jahvon Quinerly (5-11 Guard, Hudson Catholic, NJ); Solomon Ulayenmno (6-9, Center, Gulliver Prep, FL). *
2017 ‘NYC’ versus ‘National’ Players Showcase Game
Jose Alvarado (6-0 Guard, Christ The King, NY); Deondre Bourne (6-4 Guard, Leman Manhattan Prep, NY); Dave Beatty (6-3 Guard, Archbishop Carroll, PA); Devin Clyburn (6-3 Guard, Loomis Chafee School, CT); Chris Coleman (6-7 St, Mary’s HS, Forward, NY); Quade Green (6-0, Guard, Neumann-Goretti HS, PA); Melo Eggleston (6-8 Forward, Clinton Christian Academy, MD); Ryan Murphy (6-2 Guard, Wilbraham & Monson, CT); Nate Pierre-Louis (6-1 Guard, St. Benedict’s Prep, NJ); Kenneth Nwachukwu (6-9 Center, Grandview Prep, FL); Jordan Tucker (6-7, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac HS, NY); Saquan Singleton (6-4 Guard, Monsignor Scanlan HS, NY); Patrick Strzala (6-4 Guard, Hudson Catholic HS, NJ); Isaiah Washington (6-0, St. Raymond HS, NY); Keith Williams (6-5, Forward, Bishop Loughlin HS, NY); Sidney Wilson (6-7, St. Raymond HS, NY); Hameir Wright (6-8 Forward, Albany Academy, NY); Trae Young (6-2 Guard, Norman North HS, OK); Malik Zachery (6-1 Guard, Nottingham HS, NY). *
2016 NYC Uptown Challenge Metro Game Featured Under the Radar Players: Ben Rabinowitz (6-2 Guard, Ramaz School, NY); Ray Salnave (6-3, Guard, Benjamin Cardozo HS, NY).
The Rest: Rawle Alkins (6-4 Guard, Christ The King, NY); Jamel Allen (6-5 Forward, Brentwood HS, NY); Mike Alomancy (Guard, 6-0 Brentwood HS, NY); Rojaye Campbell (6-9 Forward, Long Island Lutheran, NY); David Coles (6-7 Forward, Christ The King HS, NY); Tyrell Gumbs-Frater (6-2, St. Benedicts, NJ); Devonte Green (6- 2 Guard, St. Mary’s HS, NY); Mustapha Heron (6-5 Forward, Sacred Heart HS, CT); Ty Jerome (6-4 Guard, Iona Prep, NY); Jose Martinez (6-8, Forward, Long Island Lutheran, NY); Isaiah Mike (6-7, Forward, St. Benedict’s, NJ); Josh Nicholas (6-1 Guard, St. Anthony’s, NY); Marcus Ottey (6-2 Guard, St. Benedict’s, NJ); Jared Rivers (6-1 Guard, Christ The King, NY);) Arnaldo Toro (6-7, Forward, St. Benedicts); Jahlil Tripp (6-3 Guard, Lincoln HS, NY).
* Some additions will be made next week to player showcase games.
The Super 16 National Training Showcase celebrates the career of Mr. Jim Couch, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s first coach. This showcase is in honor of Couch’s work in the New York City community as a leader and innovator of basketball training and mentorship. This event is an evolution: its genesis comes from the 2007 launched Jim Couch Reunion Games that featured the NBA’s Kemba Walker and Tobias Harris as headliners; the 2008 Girls High School game featuring the best of Westchester vs. the best of NYC metro; the 2009 expansion that included regional teams from Boston, Connecticut, Albany, and New Jersey; and the 2010 Freshman Game that featured the top 9th graders from the New York Metro region vs. Long Island’s top entering freshman.
2011 launched the Jim Couch Super 16 Training Showcase with 2015 ESPN top ranked players Stephen Zimmerman, Thomas Bryant, Isaiah Briscoe, and Cheick Diallo. Two years ago, 2016 ESPN top ranked players Thon Maker, Kassoum Yakwe and Mario Kegler participated. USA Basketball’s BJ Johnson attended the showcase in 2012. Last year’s 2013 showcase had 12 ESPN Top 50 players.