Some of New York’s elite high school basketball teams and prospects will be showcased Saturday at Adelphi.
New Jersey’s Pope John XXIII is the only team from out of state.
LWA (8-0) and South Shore will tip off the event at noon.
“When you have a place like Adelphi, you want to have a Long Island flavor,” said Pat Lawless, founder and director of the Empire Invitational. “Getting teams like Long Island Lutheran and Lawrence Woodmere and Baldwin will bring that Long Island flavor to it.”
Lawless, a junior at Seton Hall, has been reporting on high school basketball recruiting since he was in high school. His name carries clout in that circle, which explains his ability to organize an event with such a high level of talent.
Our Savior New American’s Boubacar Diakite and Mamadou Doucoure have verbally committed to St. John’s and Rutgers, respectively. LWA sophomore center Aidan Igiehon has received scholarship offers from Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall and others. Albany Academy’s Hameir Wright is 40th nationally and third in the state in 247sports.com’s Class of 2018 rankings.
With a handful of potential Division I players, Knox Prep (8-3) will face former Baldwin star and All-Long Island first-teamer Jared Rhoden and Bronx Our Saviour Lutheran at 1:30 p.m.
Long Island Lutheran (10-1) will follow at 3 p.m. in what Lawless said should be considered the event’s premier game. With 6-8 forward and high-major prospect Donatas Kupsas leading the way, the Crusaders will play Bishop Loughlin, which is led by Cincinnati commit Keith Williams and Markquis Nowell.
Our Savior New American will battle Pope John XXIII at 6 pm, and Baldwin (5-0) will face Queens Construction at 7:30 pm to conclude the event.