The City of Brotherly Love’s own Philadelphia University played host to the third annual Mary Kline Classic, yesterday. The MKC, which was founded, and is still run, by Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com in honor of his later mother, Mary, features some of the top high school basketball prospects in the country while raising thousands of proceeds to National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Of the 40 players that competed this year, 20 hailed from within 50 miles of Philly. But, the idea that Philadelphia is a Mecca for high school basketball is not a novel concept. National media and legend has praised the level of amateur ball Philadunkia has had to offer for generations.
College basketball also has it’s own mystique intertwined within the city’s history. The Palestra and Big 5 hoops are known commodities far outside of the tri-state area. And, even though there technically is no Big 5 tournament, winning the annual Big 5 series is an honor each college program in the City strives to reach because in Philly, reason to trash talk is a welcome consolation for hardware.
So with all of this in mind, why can’t Philadelphia become an elite destination for pro basketball? Why can’t Philadelphia, a city rich in basketball history at all levels, be considered a location that NBA players desire to hoop in?