But another exhibition is gaining a reputation nationally as one of the better events to catch a glimpse of some of the NCAA and NBA’s future stars called the Big Strick Classic, held every Summer at the legendary Gaucho’s Gym in the Bronx, NY.
The All Star Game features a contest made up of NYC’s best HS ballers(Team NYC) pitted against a squad of fellow elite prospects from the rest of the country(Team USA). The event is held in honor of New York streetball legend John “Franchise” Strickland, who died way to early at the age of 38 back in 2010. Strickland was an asphalt legend who went on to play at Pacific University and several seasons in the USBL and was also a childhood friend of rapper Jay-Z. “Strick” helped coin the phrase “finish Your breakfast”, that HOVA immortalized in his song Public Service Announcement.
The event has helped propel the careers of elite ballers like Kyle Anderson(UCLA), Andrew and Aaron Harrison(Kentucky), Troy Williams(Indiana), Archie Goodwin(Kentucky), and Isaiah Briscoe(Kentucky).
In the 5th annual event held this past weekend, Team USA held off Team NYC 159-137, and was led an amazing performance by potential #1 ranked senior Josh Jackson, as the shooting guard dropped 50 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals in a winning effort. What made this even more impressive is that Jackson called it pregame, telling the cameras he would be hitting the half century mark in points prior to tip-off, incredibly scoring 39 points in the 2nf half alone.
Jackson is one of the most sought after players in the 2016 recruiting class and lists schools like Villanova, Arizona, Maryland, Michigan State, Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, UNLV and UCLA.
Jackson is a 6’8 shooting guard who plays for Prolific Prep in California. He has been so highly touted that he has already drawn comparisons to former and current NBA stars like Tracy McGrady and Andrew Wiggins for his innate scoring ability and athletic tools.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.