Niagara Gazette


December 3, 2012

Cataract Classic will feature plenty of D-1 talent

Cataract Classic will feature plenty of D-1 talent

Niagara Gazette —

There have been a few constants to the beginning of Niagara Falls Wolverines basketball the past decade: top teams, home games and outstanding talent.

This year will be no different, with the 13th annual Cataract City Classic set to take place Friday and Saturday at Niagara Falls High School. Just as in the past, this year's tournament will include top local schools and a few top programs from the surrounding region.

"We always try to bring in some local talent and some top teams from outside areas," Niagara Falls athletic director John Forcucci said. "It's a good test for us to get a chance against good teams, and it gives other teams a chance to show what they've got."

This year's marquee matchups will pit the Wolverines against two regional powerhouses, Rochester's Bishop Kearney and Ohio's Brunswick Blue Devils, at 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Top teams bring top talent, which will certainly not be lacking at this year's tournament.

Niagara Falls' Jermaine Crumpton has committed to Canisius College, but he'll be far from the only Division I prospect on hand.

Kearney's 6-foot-9 senior Chinso Obokoh has committed to Syracuse. Antoine Anderson and 6-foot-11 junior Gods Power Ogide have also drawn D-1 interest, and 6-foot-9 sophomore Thomas Bryant is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the nation in his class, according to

Williamsville North junior Sterling Taplin has three offers from D-1 schools, including the University at Buffalo, and is also getting looks from top programs like Syracuse and Michigan State. The Spartans also feature freshman Maceo Jack, son of new UB women's coach Felisha Legette-Jack.

Brunswick is one of the top schools in Ohio, led by junior point guard Ryan Badowski.

The tournament is divided into three sessions. Session I kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with Sweet Home against Niagara-Wheatfield, followed by Batavia vs. Williamsville North at 6:30. Niagara Falls and Bishop Kearney close Friday's action.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page