Frankie Williams Charity Classic Preview


By David Cordova

Every year in May, there is a great event happening in Westchester County that brings forth the tri-state area’s top talent together and brings the community some excitement. The name of the event is the Frankie Williams Charity Classic.

The event, which is in sixth year of inception is an event that has brought forth some great talent in recent history. It is also an event named in memory of its namesake, Frankie Williams, who was a big part of the Theodore Young Community Center in Greenburgh, NY, where the game will be held on Friday, May 29th. It is also a fundraiser to help youth in the community with academics and funding for youth programs in the community.

The alumni list includes NBA players such as Lance Stephenson (Charlotte Hornets), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Kyle Anderson (San Antonio Spurs), Maurice Harkless ( Orlando Magic), Russ Smith (Memphis Grizzlies) & college players such as Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) and Chris McCullough (Syracuse).

This year’s event features talent from around the country and from the tri-state area such as McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle Catholic in New Jersey, who is also bound for the University of Kentucky, Donovan Mitchell of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, bound for the University of Louisville, Matt Ryan of nearby Iona Prep, who is bound for Notre Dame, who are all a part of the senior class of 2015.

Talented underclassmen playing in this game are juniors Omari Spellman (committed to Villanova University) and Unique McLean of the MacDuffie School in Massachussets and sophomores Mohammed Bamba of the Westtown School in Pennsylvania and Jordan Tucker of nearby Archbishop Stepinac, both of who are in the Top 50 in the class of 2017.

Guest coaches will be:

Billy Turnage, head coach of New York City & state champion, Wings Academy.

Willie Worsley, head coach of Spring Valley & member of the 1966 national champion Texas Western College Miners (now UTEP) team that beat the University of Kentucky with an all-black starting five.

Vin Parise, Sports Analyst for SNY & FoxSports1.

Otis Hill, former basketball player at Syracuse University & professional basketball player in Europe.

Admission at the door is $10 for adults & $5 for children.

Rosters:

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

Tom Capuano, Iona Prep (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Manhattan College

Ty Jerome, Iona Prep (NY), Class of 2016 – Committed to University of Virginia

Kylan Guerra, Archbishop Stepinac (NY), Class of 2015

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

Rickey McGill, Spring Valley (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Iona College

Kai Mitchell, Spring Valley (NY), Class of 2016 – Committed to Iona College

Jamil Gambari, Woodlands (NY), Class of 2016

Walter King, Lee Academy (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to University of Maine

Luke McLaughlin, Tappan Zee (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Pace University

Connor McGuiness, Clarkstown South (NY), Class of 2015) – Committed to Pace University

Nakye Sanders, Tottenville (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Duquesne University

Desure Buie, Wings Academy (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to Hofstra University

Lenny Kadisha, Wadleigh (NY), Class of 2015

Chuba Ohams, Wadleigh (NY), Class of 2016

Steven Enoch, St. Thomas More (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to the University of Connecticut

Jonathan Nwankwo, Victory Prep (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to the University of Minnesota

Bryce Aiken, Patrick School (NJ), Class of 2016

Dupree McBrayer, Sunrise Christian (KS), Class of 2015 – Committed to University of Minnesota

Unique McLean, MacDuffie School (MA), Class of 2016

Mohammed Bamba, Westtown School (PA), Class of 2017

Elijah Burns, Blair Academy (NJ), Class of 2015 – Committed to University of Notre Dame

Jeffrey Hayden, Cardinal Hayes (NY), Class of 2015 – Committed to New York Institute of Technology

Omari Spellman, MacDuffie School (PA), Class of 2016 – Committed to Villanova University

Donovan Mitchell, Brewster Academy (NH), Class of 2015 – Committed to University of Louisville

Isaiah Briscoe, Roselle Catholic (NJ), Class of 2015 – Committed to University of Kentucky.

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