Nassir Cunningham, widely regarded as the top high school-age basketball player in the country in the Class of 2024, is among the top prospects who will put their talents on display May 14-15 when Top Tier Events presents the second annual KYDA Invitational at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.
Cunningham is one of a dozen players listed in the top 100 in their classes that are on rosters of teams that were among the commitments through May 10. Programs from the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, the Under Armour Association, Adidas 3 Stripes Select Basketball Circuit and other high-level AAU programs will send teams to Scranton for the two-day event.
The latest addition to the list of top prospects gives the event two of the top three players in the Class of 2024. New York Wiz Kids, featuring Ian Jackson, the No. 3 player, has been added to the field.
Proceeds of the event benefit Keep Young Dreams Alive. The New York City-area, non-profit agency features enrichment programs for grades 3-12. With programs that include recreational and travel youth basketball, KYDA is designed to keep young people off the streets.
NEPA Elite AAU club owner and Riverfront Sports co-owner Kevin Clark joined Oz Cross in creating the event last year.
Cross was an assistant coach at St. John’s University when Clark played there. He operates operates the KYDA program.
Cunningham plays for the New York Rens. The Rens team also includes Simeon Wilcher, Ty Johnson and Dylan Harper. Wilcher and Johnson are ranked 10th and 95th in the Class of 2023 by ESPN. Harper is ranked 28th in the Class of 2024.
The Colorado Hawks are bringing 6-foot-11 Baye Fall, the No. 16 player in the Class of 2023, and 6-10 Assane Diop, the No. 47 player from the Class of 2023.
Elmarko Jackson, a Philadelphia-area player, is No. 66 in the Class of 2023. He plays for WeR1 out of Delaware.
Derik Queen from Team Thrill in Baltimore is ranked fifth, while Elliot Cadeau from KYDA and Johnuel “Boogie” Fland from PSA Cardinals in New York are 10th and 18th from the Class of 2024.
The event is open to the public with an admission charge. Games at Riverfront are also streamed and can be viewed by purchasing an account through www.livebarn.com.
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