BRONX, N.Y. -- The inaugural Autism Awareness All-City Classic brought fans and players together in an effort to raise recognition on one of the fastest growing disorders in the U.S. Hosted at St. Raymond High School, the event showcased a plethora of local talent.
The Rising Stars Game featured 8th grade student-athletes. John Wilson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put on the performance of the night. The scoring guard was unconscious from three-point range while making an impact on the defensive end, as well. Gary Grant (Queens, N.Y.) also made his presence felt. The lengthy G/F was able to elude defenders on his way to rim-rocking finishes.
Dontae Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) and Quaran McPherson (Queens, N.Y.) were among the standouts from the game. A versatile Walker showed flashes of promise with an athletic frame and skillful game. McPherson, a gifted two-guard, had a knack for scoring the basketball.
The High School Game featured prominent seniors. Top performers included Division I-bound Aaron Walker (Manhattan), David Cole (Robert Morris) and Unique McLean (UMass). The trio showed they are ready to compete on the next level.
Uncommitted seniors Jahlil Tripp (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Marcus Saint-Furcy (Queens, N.Y.) were also among the event's best. Tripp, a one-time Rutgers commit, displayed his playmaking abilities. Saint-Furcy proved his wealth as a perimeter-threat. The H.S. of Construction standout is attracting Division II suitors.