WHEELING - Two of the nation's best high school basketball players, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, will showcase their talent this weekend during the Cancer Research Classic (CRC) at Wheeling Jesuit University.
The two standouts will be joined by nine other players considered eventual NBA players.
There is debate among college scouts and national sports journalists whether Wiggins or Parker is the best. Regardless, both will showcase their talents in Wheeling - Wiggins on Friday, Parker on Saturday.
Wiggins plays for Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph Prep, while Parker is on the Chicago-based Simeon High School squad. A number of major college basketball programs are courting Wiggins, but recent reports state he is considering either Florida State University or the University of Kentucky. Parker is headed next season to Duke University.
Wiggins is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward. Parker, a guard, also stands at 6-foot-8 and weighs in at 210.
Huntington Prep takes the court at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Prime Prep of Dallas. Simeon plays Montverde of Florida at 6 p.m. Saturday.
(at Wheeling Jesuit)
Linsly vs. Seton-LaSalle, 4:30 p.m.
Wheeling Central vs. Mercersburg, 6 p.m.
Huntington St. Joe vs. Prime Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Lower Merion vs. St. Raymond, 9 p.m.
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St. Joseph's Prep vs. Wheeling Park, 12:30 p.m.
DeMatha vs. Gill St. Bernard's, 2 p.m.
Neumann-Goretti vs. Whitney Young, 3:30 p.m.
Montverde vs. Simeon, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga vs. Salesian, 8 p.m.
The other top players who take the court this weekend who may find themselves eventual NBA players include: Jahlil Okafor, Whitney Young High; Dakari Johnson, Kasey Hill and D'Angelo Russell, all of Montverde High; Jabari Bird, Salesian High; Jaelin Grant and BeeJay Anya, both of DeMatha High; BJ Johnson, Lower Merion High; and Emmanuel Mudiay, Prime Prep High.
Of note is that Deion Sanders, former MLB and NFL star, has an association with Prime Prep and may be in attendance Friday.
For the second consecutive year, ESPN 2 will cover several of the games live, including the 6 p.m. Simeon-Montverde contest Saturday and the game following at 8 p.m. between Gonzaga of Washington, D.C., and Salesian of Richmond, Calif.
Various other national media also will be covering the two-day event. There are four games on Friday, five on Saturday. Details about the other games and additional CRC information are available at www.CancerResearchClassic.org.
The CRC, in its sixth year, is the product of Dr. Gregory Merrick, executive director of the Urologic Research Institute, Wheeling, and of Wheeling Hospital's Schiffler Cancer Center.