In addition to the annual Big Strick Classic game, in which 2016 guard Josh Jackson made good on his pregame promise and scored 50 points, there were three-point and dunk contests at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx Saturday night. Guard Myles Powell won the three-point contest, and highly regarded power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo won the dunk contest.
One of Adebayo’s dunks: a one-hander after jumping over 2017 forward Billy Preston. Video of the dunk can be seen above, and it’s just one example of the athleticism that has made Bam one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits.
Video credit: Chris Russell (ZagsBlog.com)
The Big Strick Classic has become one of the most underrated national all-star games during the year as the game always features a collection of some of the most talented players in the country. Dedicated to the memory of late streetball legend John “Franchise” Strickland, the Big Strick Classic pits a team of players from the New York Tri-State area against Team USA.
During Saturday’s contest, Detroit native Josh Jackson put Team USA on his back with a 50-point performance in a 159-137 event. Jackson dropping a 50 spot in a glorified streetball all-star game isn’t the purest form of hitting that magical scoring number, but he still had to play top competition and hit tough shots.
Next Up Recruits was there to document Jackson going for 50 points and they have video of it below. The 6-foot-7 small forward is considered the No. 1 prospect in the country, according to Rivals.
The fourth annual Big Strick Classic took place at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx back in early August. In an all-star game played in to honor the late John Strickland, Team NYC held off Team USA by the final score of 137-135.
Even though the game took place six weeks ago, Courtside Films decided to upload a video this weekend featuring dunk after dunk from point guard Ladarius Chester. The 6-foot-1 high-flyer has captured the last two dunk contest titles at the Big Strick Classic and had plenty of other notable dunks during the rest of the event.
Chester is a 2015 product playing. Last season, he played with Flordia freshman Brandone Francis and several other Division I recruits on a talented Arlington Country Day (Florida) team.