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Temple and Syracuse highlight finalized field for Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden

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Syracuse and Temple headline the inaugural Gotham Classic, an event that includes five teams and culminates with a meeting between the Orange and the Owls on Dec. 22 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Joining Temple and Syracuse will be Alcorn State, Canisius, and an NCAA tournament participant from last season, Detroit.

The schedule is as follows:

Dec. 15: Canisius at Syracuse

Dec. 17: Alcorn State at Temple

Dec. 17: Detroit at Syracuse

Dec. 19: Canisius at Temple

Dec. 19: Detroit at Alcorn State

Dec. 22: Syracuse vs. Temple (@ Madison Square Garden)

Dec. 27: Detroit at Temple

Dec. 27: Alcorn State at Canisius

Dec. 29: Alcorn State at Syracuse

Dec. 29: Canisius at Detroit

Syracuse will likely a Top-25, if not Top-15 team when the first polls are released this fall, despite the fact that Jim Boeheim’s team has lost Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph from last season’s team.

Temple also loses two big pieces, Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez, but returns 17-point scorer Khalif Wyatt and brings a solid recruiting class that is headlined by New York native Daniel Dingle.

Detroit returns former McDonald’s All-American guard Ray McCallum, Jr., from a team that finished 22-14 and lost to Kansas in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.

Canisius begins its first season under head coach Jim Baron, while Alcorn State looks to improve on a 10-22 finish last season.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Marquette’s Henry Ellenson shows off his versatility

Marquette's Henry Ellenson is fouled by Providence's Ben Bentil as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.

Why?

Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.

Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.