Big Strick Classic Announces First 10 Invitees

The 4th Annual Big Strick Classic is set for Saturday, August 9 at the Gauchos Gymnasium in Bronx, NY. A fast-rising event since its inception three summers ago, Big Strick pits some of the top national recruits (Team USA) against the best players from the tri-state area (Team NYC).

Over the years, Big Strick has featured an impressive array of talent, producing countless Division I players, and a handful of NBAers. Alumni include Kelly Oubre Jr, Isaiah Whitehead, Thomas Bryant, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Anderson, Chris Walker, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Robert Hubbs, and many others.

On Tuesday, Big Strick’s organizers informed SLAM of the first 10 invitees to this year’s showcase. Below is the list, with the full rosters to be announced later this month.


Kobi Simmons (Alpharetta, GA/St. Francis HS)
PG, 6-5, 177, 2016
Offers from Memphis, Missouri, North Carolina State, Tennessee and others

Dwayne Bacon (Lakeland, FL/IMG Academy)
G/F, 6-6, 195, 2015
Offers from UConn, UCLA, UNLV, Louisville, Baylor and others

Carlton Bragg (Cleveland, OH/Villa Angela HS)
F, 6-9, 220, 2015
Offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, UConn and others

Ray Smith (Las Vegas, NV/Las Vegas High School)
F, 6-8, 180, 2015
Offers from UConn, California, Arizona, Louisville, USC and others

Stephen Zimmerman (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS)
C, 6-11, 230, 2015
Offers from Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky and others



Isaiah Briscoe (Union, NJ/Roselle Catholic)
PG, 6-3, 200, 2015
Offers from Arizona, UConn, Rutgers, Florida, Syracuse and others

Prince Ali (Pembroke Pines, FL, via Bronx, NY/ Sagemont School)
SG, 6-4, 180, 2015
Decommitted from UConn in November 2013; Offers from Georgetown, Indiana, UCLA, Michigan and others

Derrick Jones (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Carroll HS)
SF, 6-6, 180, 2015
Offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova and others

Moustapha Diagne (Sparta, NJ/Pope John XXIII)
F, 6-8, 230, 2015
Committed to Syracuse

Omari Spellman (North Royalton, OH/MacDuffie School)
PF, 6-9, 270, 2016
Offers from Florida, Rutgers, Villanova, Indiana and others