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.
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No. 1 Class of 2016 prospect Josh Jackson goes for 50 points at Big Strick Classic (VIDEO)
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.
Ladarius Chester’s dunks from the Big Strick Classic (VIDEO)
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.
Among the players who earned most valuable player honors were 2016 guard Rawle Alkins and 2015 guard Antonio Blakeney, who combined to lead the way for Team NYC. Blakeney, considered to be one of the top scoring guards in his class, led all scorers with 33 points. The Team USA co-MVP’s were 2015 guards Dwayne Bacon and Malik Beasley, with the latter also taking an unofficial visit to St. John’s during his time in the Big Apple.
Above are some highlights from the game, as compiled by Courtside Films.
The Big Strick Classic, newly renamed after being known previously as the Franchise Classic, took place Saturday night with two rosters loaded with high-major talent from the classes of 2013 and 2014.
Robert Hubbs of Dyer County HS (Tenn.) reportedly took home game MVP honors after scoring 18 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out three assists in Team USA’s 87-86 win over Team New York.
It was Jordan Mickey of Grace Prep who had a game-saving block to seal the win in the final seconds for Team USA.
The rosters featured stars that included Aaron and Andrew Harrison of Texas, Andrew Wiggins of Canada, Troy Williams and Anthony Barber of Virginia, and New York stars including Chris McCullough, Isaiah Whitehead, and Kuran Iverson.
Outside of the game itself, guard Dayshon Smith, a New York native, reportedly won the Three-Point Contest. High-major interest for his services have picked up lately, including an offer from Illinois. Pittsburgh has recently shown interest in him, as well.
The rosters are stacked, rivaling other premiere events like the Elite 24, which is slated to take place later this month in Venice Beach, Calif.
Leading the field is 2014 Andrew Wiggins, the talk of the summer circuit and perhaps the best high school player in the country, along with Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the stellar backcourt combo package from Texas that is still looking for a college team.
Speaking of package deals, it has been rumored that Boo Williams (Va.) AAU teammates Troy Williams and Anthony Barber could be a package deal wherever they end up. Barber, a quick point guard, and Williams, a solid swingman, are still looking for suitors.
Chris McCullough is another to keep an eye on. After breaking out last summer, the 2014 forward is in the Top 20 in the country, an ultra-athletic swingman who excels in transition.