The DFW will take center stage during the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden tomorrow. The Classic will play host to #3 Kansas vs. #4 Duke at 6pm CST and #1 Michigan State vs. #2 Kentucky at 8:30pm CST. This is a huge deal for the Metroplex as we have players participating in every game of the Champions Classic.
The first game will feature junior 6'6 junior guard Marcus Garrett and freshman 6'8 forward Jalen Wilson who will both suit up for Kansas. The second game will feature freshman 6'3 guard Tyrese Maxey for Kentucky and freshman 6'8 forward Julius Marble for Michigan State.
The fact that the Metroplex has four players participating in this event is not surprising as we produce players who attend Blue Blood schools like these year after year. The journey for each one of these prospects to these programs have been different.
2017 Skyline graduate Marcus Garrett will play a huge role for #3 ranked Kansas this year as he's done in years past. His defensive versatility has allowed him to see major minutes from day one at Kansas. He burst onto the scene after a huge summer with Swagghouse coupled with a big senior year that led to him being a top 40 national prospect. Marcus will be a key factor for Kansas all season long.
2019 Denton Guyer graduate Jalen Wilson will play his first collegiate game versus #4 Duke tomorrow night. A huge task for any freshman, Wilson will be counted on to make shots for # 3 ranked Kansas early and often. Wilson burst onto the scene in his last summer with YGC36. Wilson has played in a lot of big games over the years, the stage is different but I don't expect nerves to play a factor in his debut.
2019 Jesuit graduate Julius Marble will be suiting up with pre-season #1 ranked team Michigan State tomorrow night. His journey to this point has been amazing to watch. Hampered with injuries for the majority of his sophomore and junior seasons really hurt his recruitment early. The 6'8 chiseled prospect got healthy in July for YGC36 and had a monstrous senior season at Jesuit. His production led to him becoming one of the hottest prospects in the country in the late signing period and eventually signing with Michigan State.
2019 South Garland graduate Tyrese Maxey will be counted on heavily to carry the scoring load for #2 ranked Kentucky. Maxey finished as the #1 prospect in Texas and a consensus top 10 national recruit after a huge summer with the Houston Hoops and as a senior at South Garland. Maxey is considered a first round type talent for the 2020 NBA Draft by several NBA scouts and mock drafts.
Three of the four players that will represent the Metroplex tomorrow night in The Champions Classic are freshmen. The 2019 class in Dallas was special and we are seeing evidence of that in this showcase. The experience and "Win by any means necessary" attitude of Marcus Garrett will be on full display tomorrow night as well. The Metroplex continues to shine on the biggest of stages. We should ALL be tuned in rooting for these guys tomorrow night.