Longtime HS powerhouse St. Anthony of Jersey City (NJ) announced yesterday that it is bringing back the Skyline Classic after a 20-year hiatus. While the official schedule has not been released yet, we do know it will feature some of the top in-state programs and local northeast talent.
Officially press announcement from St. Anthony below:
The roster of teams participating in the 2015 Skyline Classic was finalized and it is a strong field of national and state ranked teams. Headlining this group of basketball powers is the host team and Pre-season National Top 10 ranked St. Anthony’s Friars. The Friars welcome highly touted out of state schools Our Savior New American from Centereach featuring ESPN Top 100 Kassoum Yakwe committed to St. John’s along with Iona Prep from New Rochelle featuring ESPN Top 100 Ty Jerome committed to University of Virginia. Traveling from Boston is one of that basketball crazed city’s perennially best public schools, Brighton. From the Garden State, Top 10 NJ ranked Pope John featuring highly ranked sophomores forward Louis King and guard Atiba Taylor, St. Augustine led by Atlantic City Press Player of the Year point guard Sa’eed Nelson, Christian Brothers Academy featuring sharp shooting forward and Lehigh University commit Pat Andres and rounding out this exciting field is Central Jersey public school and Group 4 power Trenton Central with their pressing and fast paced attack. In speaking about the field of teams, St. Anthony’s Hall of Fame Head Coach stated, “In bringing back the Skyline Classic after a 20 year hiatus we wanted to get the best possible collection of teams together to give the fans and area high caliber basketball. The goal is to make this the tournament teams want to be in and players want to play in.”
The Skyline Classic will take place in Downtown Jersey City convenient by car, lightrail and PATH. This event will take place December 27-29, 2015 at the Community Education and Recreation Center (CERC) 180 9th Street, Jersey City, NJ. Games will begin on each day at noon and continue throughout the day with the nightcap starting at 6 pm. The Skyline Classic is about more than basketball and will give back to the community by hosting a sweater, sneaker and coat drive during the tournament to help those less fortunate during the Holiday Season.
About St. Anthony’s High School: St. Anthony High School is a nine through twelve, co-educational, college preparatory school. Student enrollment falls in a range from 220 to 250. Approximately 70 percent of the students are male. African-Americans make up about 70 percent of the enrollment. Hispanic/Latino students represent 15 percent and 9 percent are multi-racial, 3 percent are Asian and 3 percent are Caucasian. St. Anthony High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and operates under the authority of the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.