Books & Ball All-City Classic Making Waves

By David Cordova

Every spring & fall, there is an excitement in the air at the Baychester Community Center on 229th Street in the North Bronx. That’s because of this big event called the Books & Ball All-City Classic.

The event, which is organized by founder Elliot Rosado and Isaac Gary, a coach of the famed SportsU AAU program in New Jersey, has made waves in the last couple of years. It is an event that brings in amazing high school talent from the Tri-State area.

The All-City Classic has produced countless alumni that are now playing Division I basketball on the college level, such as Seton Hall freshmen Isaiah Whitehead and Desi Rodriguez, Dayton sophomore Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith, Manhattan College senior Emmanuel “Emmy” Andujar and as of late, future Kentucky commit and McDonald’s All-American, Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey.

Another part of what makes this event so popular is the presence of the legendary MC, David “Cha-Ching” Teele. His raspy voice brings out the excitement of the crowd with phrases such as “Clear Out”, “Dial-Up”, and “Op-Op-Op-Operate.”

This event will take place on Saturday, April 18th, at the Baychester Community Center. Admission is $5 at the door. There will be five games that day. 5th grade vs. 6th grade at 4:00 pm, 7th grade vs. 8th grade at 5:00 pm, Underclassmen Boys (Freshmen & Sophomores) at 6:15 pm, Girls High School Game at 7:30 pm & the Upperclassmen Game (Juniors & Seniors at 8:45 pm.

Upperclassmen Rosters:

Lonnie Rivera, Don Bosco Prep (NJ), Class of 2015 – committed to American University

Tremont Waters, South Kent Prep (CT), Class of 2017

Hamidou Diallo, Putnam Science Academy (CT), Class of 2017

Shamorie Ponds, Thomas Jefferson (NY), Class of 2016

Matt Ryan, Iona Prep (NY), Class of 2015 – committed to Notre Dame

Randy Corporan, Wings Academy (NY), Class of 2015

Davon Dillard, Our Savior New American (NY), Class of 2015 – committed to University of California

Ladji Fofana, Martin Luther King (PA), Class of 2015

Caheim Brown, St. Raymond (NY), Class of 2016

Gianni Ford, Boys & Girls (NY), Class of 2016

Jeffrey Hayden, Cardinal Hayes (NY), Class of 2015

Rashond Salnave, Cardozo (NY), Class of 2016

Aaron Walker, Cardozo (NY), Class of 2016

Jahlil Tripp, Lincoln (NY), Class of 2016

Otis Livingston, Linden (NJ), Class of 2015

Kevin Saylor, Wings Academy (NY), Class of 2016

Elijah Hughes, Kennedy Catholic (NY), Class of 2016

Underclassmen Roster:

Markquis Nowell, St. Anthony (NJ), Class of 2018

Idan Tretout, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2018

Keith Williams, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2017

Dallas Watson, St. Raymond (NY), Class of 2018

Zack Bruno, Xaverian (NY), Class of 2017

Nazreon Reid, Roselle Catholic (NJ), Class of 2018

Atiba Taylor, Hackensack (NJ), Class of 2018

Jordan Walker, Long Island Lutheran (NY), Class of 2017

Marques Watson, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2017

Luther Muhammed, Hudson Catholic (NJ), Class of 2018

Louis King, Roselle Catholic (NY), Class of 2018

Jordan Tucker, Archbishop Stepinac (NY), Class of 2017

Isaiah Washington, St. Raymond (NY), Class of 2017

Jahvon Quinerly, Hudson Catholic (NJ), Class of 2018

Ja’Quaye James, Teaneck (NJ), Class of 2018

Justin Winston, West Orange (NJ), Class of 2018

Sidney Wilson, St. Raymond (NY), Class of 2017

Andre Williams, Class of 2017

Jalen Carey, Dwight-Englewood (NJ), Class of 2018

Bryce Willis, Iona Prep (NY), Class of 2018

Jordan Bryant, Class of 2017

Boubacar Kammisoko, Wings Academy (NY), Class of 2017

Saquan Singleton, Monsignor Scanlan (NY), Class of 2017

Girls Game rosters:

Milicia Reid, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2017

Sierra Green, Francis Lewis (NY), Class of 2016

Skydajah Patterson, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2016

Zaria Dorsey, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2018

Ashanae McLaughlin, Murry Bergtraum (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Seton Hall

Kurstyn Moore, Mount Vernon (NY), Class of 2016

Delphynia Sparks, Monsignor Scanlan (NY), Class of 2017

Jade Vega, Cardinal Spellman (NY), Class of 2015

Taliyah Brisco, Francis Lewis (NY), Class of 2016

Janier Cooper, Monsignor Scanlan (NY), Class of 2017

Domonique Toussaint, Christ the King (NY), Class of 2016

Sydney Zambrotta, Christ the King (NY), Class of 2016

Donnetta Johnson, Holderness (NH), Class of 2018

Sade Rogers, Cardinal Spellman (NY), Class of 2015

Niajah Morgan, Cardinal Spellman (NY), Class of 2015

Keyla Lowe, Grand Street Campus (NY), Class of 2016

Kiana Clark, Bishop Loughlin (NY), Class of 2015

Morgan Towells, Medgar Evers, Class of 2016

Kateri Poole, St. Mark’s the Evangelist School, Class of 2020

Daja Wentz, I.S. 142, Class of 2019

Jordan Augustus, St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2015 – Committed to St. John’s University

Lisa Fields, Truman High School, Class of 2015

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