The best high school event in the country is BACK.
SLAM is proud to announce the return of the SLAM Summer Classic, which will be played on August 14 at Manhattan’s legendary Dyckman Park.
The day will include four games: a regional girls game (12 p.m.), a regional boys game (1:30 p.m.), a national girls game (3 p.m.) and a national boys game (5 p.m.).
The national boys game will feature 14 of the best high school players in the country, including Amari Bailey (No. 3 in Class of 2022, UCLA Commit), Keyonte George (No. 4 in Class of 2022, Uncommitted) and Chris Livingston (No. 5 in Class of 2022, Uncommitted). The national girls game will also feature 14 of the best high school players in the country, including Ayanna Patterson (No. 3 in Class of 2022, UConn Commit), Maya Nnaji (No. 10 in Class of 2022, Arizona Commit) and Milaysia Fulwiley (No. 2 in Class of 2023, Uncommitted).
Full rosters will be announced over the next 10 days on SLAM’s social channels. For more information about the SLAM Summer Classic and real-time coverage of the event later this month, follow @SLAM, @SLAM_HS and @WSLAM on all social media platforms.
This year’s SLAM Summer Classic will be the third iteration of the event, following those in 2018 and 2019. The game was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will now resume annually.
Fourteen players who previously participated in the event went on to become NBA players, including Jalen Green (2018, 2019), Josh Christopher (2018, 2019), Sharife Cooper (2018, 2019), Jalen Suggs (2019), Jonathan Kuminga (2019), Cam Thomas (2019), Jaden Springer (2019), James Wiseman (2018), Precious Achiuwa (2018), RJ Hampton (2018), Jalen Lecque (2018), Jaden McDaniels (2018), Jahmi’us Ramsey (2018) and Cassius Stanley (2018).
Partners for this year’s SLAM Summer Classic include Gatorade, House of Hoops, Nike, CLOT and Spalding.
“The SLAM Summer Classic has quickly become one of New York City’s premier basketball events, and we’re incredibly excited that it’s back,” says Adam Figman, Chief Content Officer of SLAM. “Like both of the previous versions of the event, this year’s will have some exciting surprises, and we can’t wait for everyone involved—from the players to our partners to those in attendance on August 14—to experience a true celebration of NYC basketball culture.”