One of New York’s annual hoop events, the Sharette Dixon Classic, took place last night at the Gauchos gym in the Bronx. Many of the top players in the New York and New Jersey went against one another in a pack-house crowd.
During the underclassmen game, it was the New York team that defeated the New Jersey team, 108-103. The New York underclassmen were led by Archbishop Molloy’s phenom Cole Anthony who finished the game with 20 points on the night. Leading the way for the New Jersey underclassmen was led by Ranney School sophomore, Scottie Lewis, who finished with 19 points.
Below is a list of the standouts in the Sharette Dixon Classic Underclassmen game:
Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy, NY 2019)
One of New York’s most promising sophomores, Anthony has some elite-level of athleticism in which he can rise up on defenders at any moment. The 6’2 freakish athlete willed his way into the lane for strong finishes and even displayed his ability to knock down mid-range jumpers. Although Anthony needs to develop a more consistent outside shot, the talent is there and it no wonder that schools such as Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, St. John’s and many more have reached out to the guard.
Max Lorca (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA 2019)
The 6’10 Lorca is one to watch this season as he already possesses a solid mid-range jumper and can finish around the rim. In last night’s game, Lorca was caught catching many alley-oop slams or using his long arms for rebounds on both ends of the floor. Lorca will need to “beef up” a bit for the next level, but the Northfields Mt. Hermon product was no slouch on the defensive end causing many of his opponents to alternate their shots in mid-air.
Kofi Cockburn (Christ the King, NY 2019)
Cockburn is another New York big that could develop into a special prospect as the 6’11 bulldozer is still a bit raw but has good instincts. The Christ The King center thrust down some powerful slams and used his wide-body in the lane to fight for rebounds. Providence, UNLV, Seton Hall, Rutgers and a few others have all offered the sophomore, with many more expected to follow.
Scottie Lewis (Ranney School, NJ 2019)
The high-flying Lewis brought the crowd to their feet with several ferocious dunks and alley-oops. One portion his game that stood out is his ability to hit the pull-up jumper of the dribble, using his athleticism to rise over defenders. Nearly every high major program has taken notice of Lewis, who was without his Ranney School co-partner, Bryan Antoine, in yesterday’s game.
Noah Farrakhan (St. Benedict’s, NJ 2020)
Farrakhan stood out early using his quickness to blow by defenders and hitting some shots from the outside. The shifty point guard has a quick pull-up jumper and has the ability to get into the lane and finish with slick layups. Rutgers and Penn have already offered the 6’1 guard before he played his first high school game.
Precious Achiuwa (St. Benedict’s, NJ 2019)
No one on the floor possesses as much upside than the 6’8 Achiuwa as he is one of those long wings that can score in a variety of ways and play multiple positions. In last night game, Achiuwa was a matchup nightmare for many bigs as he used his quickness to blow by them and finish in the lane. Achiuwa also has a high motor as he was caught in the paint using his long arms to go after rebounds and to block shots. It will be no surprise when many high major programs began calling this kid as he has a chance to blossom into a DeMarre Carroll-type prospect.
Quaran McPherson (The Patrick School, NJ 2020)
McPherson was not out to get the highlight reel yesterday as the 6’1 guard came to do what he does best — get buckets. Although the not the quickest or most athletic, McPherson knows how to penetrate the lane and enjoys finishing through contact on bigger defenders. A combo guard at heart, McPherson will most likely play off the ball this season although he will most like play point guard in college.
Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Seton Hall Prep, NJ 2020)
Already considered a top prospect in his class, Abdur-Rahim is one of those wings that can do it all. The son of former NBA standout Sharif Abdur-Rahim, the 6’6 slasher was in attacking mode last night as he used his height to finish over smaller defenders. Abdur-Rahim also possesses great athleticism and could be found showing off some ferocious dunks on the night.
CJ Wilcher (St. Benedict’s, NJ 2020)
Wilcher was the best shooter on the night knocking down three treys en route to nine points. A 6’4 wing that will see plenty of playing time this season, Wilcher also possesses solid ball-handling skills and court vision which in the long run could make a him a tough guard to stop.