As we sit on the couch attempting to shake off the fog from our New Year’s Eve festivities while pondering yet another 76ers close loss, we thought we would take a minute to metion a fantastic high school event taking place in Philadunkia nation on Sunday.
Tomorrow (January 2nd) down at The Palestra, the 4th Annual VILLA Holiday Classic will present a slate of games featuring some of the elite high school ballers from Philadelphia and NYC.
After the jump we break down the ridiculous hoops matchups included in the 2011 VILLA Holiday Classic.
Noon: Dobbins vs. Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn)
– Dobbins boasts star big man Jerrell Wright (LaSalle Recruit)
– Bishop Loughlin was the NYC Catholic League runner up last year.
1:45 PM: Imhotep vs. Boys and Girls High School (Brooklyn)
– Imhotep is the 2-time defending Philly Public league champion. It’s entire starting line-up returns hoping for a 3peat. Imhotep features three seniors signed to D-1 colleges: Eric Copes (George Washington recruit) is #6 ranked center in country; Dave Appolon (Robert Morris Recruit); and Ameen Tanksley (Niagara recruit). Team also includes top 25 sophomore Brandon Austin and top ranked junior Khyree Wooten.
– Boys and Girls is the defending NYC Public League champion. It returns its team from last year and is pre-season #1 team in the state of NY. Team includes two Div-1 recruits Malik Nichols (Hofstra Recruit) and Mike Taylor (Rutgers Recruit).
3:45 PM: Penn Wood vs. Rice (Harlem)
– Penn Wood was last year’s PIAA 4-A runner up. The team includes D-I recurits Shawn Oakman (Penn State recruit) and Aaron Brown (West Virginia Recruit)
– Rice is the annual Catholic League powerhouse. Preseason ranked #3 in the state of NY. Team features Div 1 recruit Jermaine Sanders (Cincinnati Recruit)
– Game features a match-up between two Big East small forward recruits: Jermaine Sanders and Aaron Brown
5:45 PM: Neumann Goretti vs. Christ the King (Queens)
– Neumann Goretti is the defending Philly Catholic League and PIAA 3-A champion. Team includes super Freshman Ja’Quon Newton and Div 1 recruit Lamin Fulton (St. Peter’s Recruit).
– Christ the King is the defending NYC Catholic League and NY State champion– also preseason #2 team in the state of NY. Team includes Div 1 recruit Corey Edwards (George Mason recruit) and NYC’s #1 Guard Omar Calhoun (#24 rank junior in the country and highly recruited by Villanova).