ERIE, Pa - FIELD FOR 2018 BURGER KING CLASSIC IS SET
The 35th version of the Burger King Basketball Classic will tip off in Erie on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at the Joann Mullen Gymnasium of the Prep and Villa Events Center. This year’s tournament features two schools making their initial trip to town and another coming back for their second visit in the last four years. The event continues to garner the attention of those nationally, as MaxPreps called the Burger King Classic the number one four-team tournament in the country.
The field for the 2018 Classic is complete with programs that have had great success at the state and national level and features another group of players that are attracting the attention of college coaches nationally. On the opening night on Friday, January 12th at 6pm, St. John’s College High School will be making their first trip to the Classic. Coming from a conference that has produced Classic veterans Archbishop Carroll, Bishop O’Connell, DeMatha, Georgetown Prep and last year’s champion, Paul VI, St. John’s will take a back seat to none of those schools. Similar to Paul VI, the Cadets will come to town featuring four Division I players. Junior guard 6’2 Casey Morsell may be the best of that bunch, currently holding offers from the likes of Georgetown, Oklahoma State and Virginia. He’ll be joined in the starting lineup by 6’0 senior point guard Tre Wood, a Massachusetts signee and 6’6 senior center Richard Njoku, who will play at the Naval Academy. Sophomore guard Darius Maddox doesn’t start but already has an offer from UMass.
St. John’s will match up with All Hallows High School from the Bronx. In their initial trek to Erie, the Gaels bring a rich basketball history to town. 6’3 junior guard Nick Johnson has already been offered by Division I Drexel and Manhattan while 5’11 senior guard Donald Hartley is also getting college attention.
The 7:30pm nightcap will have St. Rita’s from Chicago against the host school Cathedral Prep. St. Rita’s played in the Classic in 2014, finishing as tournament runner-up behind Archbishop Carroll. The team that played four years ago featured four players currently playing Division I basketball. Though this group is younger, it carries similar potential. 6’7 junior Jeremiah Oden will play guard for the Mustangs. He has already received offers from the likes of Villanova and Michigan, where former St. Rita’s star Charles Matthews now pines his craft. Several other players are also getting looks heading into the season.
Making a return to the Classic for the 35th straight season will be the host Cathedral Prep, a three-time winner of this event. Prep grad and head coach Mark Majewski is in his tenth season and is hoping to have the Ramblers geared up to capture another District 10
Championship. Senior guard Adam Upperman returns with more experience, as do classmates Aaron McBride, Tommy Russo and Joe Mischler, along with newcomer and senior 6’6 center Josh Charlery.
Friday & Saturday, January 12th and 13th,
6:00pm & 7:30pm @ Joann Mullen Gymnasium
Friday 6:00pm: All Hallows vs. St. John’s College
7:30pm: St. Rita’s vs. Cathedral Prep
Saturday 6:00pm: Consolation Game
7:30pm: Championship Game
General admission tickets cost $7.00 per night in advance for adults and $5.00 in advance for students, and are on sale to the general public starting on Tuesday. Any remaining reserved tickets will also go on sale beginning on Tuesday, December 5th at the Cathedral Prep Athletic Office. General Admission tickets will be available on that same date at seven local Burger King Restaurants (all in Erie, North East and Fairview), at Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria High Schools as well as Dee’s News while supplies last.
No phone orders will be accepted, and no tickets can be held. Great crowds are expected, so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets early.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
BILL FLANAGAN, TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR,
CATHEDRAL PREP, 814-453-7737 ext. 2227
Fax 814-455-3985 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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