Six teams ranked among the top 25 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by the Inquirer will compete in the Philly.com/Rally Play-By-Play Classic on Saturday at Harriton.
The marquee contest of the four-game event is No. 2-ranked Plymouth Whitemarsh, which was 18-0 overall through Thursday, vs. No. 4 Neumann-Goretti (13-4) at 6:15 p.m.
Plymouth Whitemarsh is led by twin brothers Ahmin and Ahmad Williams, fellow senior guard Ish Horn, 7-foot-2 junior Naheem McLeod, and 6-4 senior wing Alan Glover.
McLeod, who is averaging nearly 20 points per games, has scholarship offers from La Salle, Oregon, Penn State, and Virginia Commonwealth. Connecticut, Seton Hall, South Carolina, Maryland, Temple, Villanova, and Virginia are also keeping tabs.
Perennial Catholic League power Neumann-Goretti is spurred by senior guards Dymir Montague and Noah Warren, junior guard Christian Ings, and 6-8 senior center and George Washington recruit Marcus Littles.
Spectators at Harriton will no doubt be watching the inside battle between McLeod, who netted 20 points in Tuesday’s 72-43 win at Upper Dublin, and Littles. Littles is supported by 6-7 freshman reserve TaQuan Woodley.
The other three games on tap at Harriton: No. 18-ranked Bishop Shanahan vs. No. 17 Malvern Prep at 1 p.m.; No. 11 Archbishop Wood vs. Lincoln at 2:45 p.m.; and No. 9 Westtown vs. Timber Creek (N.J.) at 4:30 p.m.
Wood relies heavily on a trio of seniors: 6-4 wing Andrew Funk, a Bucknell recruit, sharp-shooting guard Tyree Pickron (Quinnipiac), and 7-foot center Seth Pinkney.
Westtown has been powered by 6-8 senior wing Cameron Reddish, a Duke recruit who is the No. 3-ranked player in his class according to ESPN.com, 6-9 senior forward and Indiana recruit Jake Forrester, and 6-3 junior combination guard Jalen Gaffney.
Timber Creek, which is ranked No. 4 in South Jersey by the Inquirer, is sparked by a pair of seniors: 6-6 wing Maurice Murray (18 ppg.) and 6-4 forward Isaiah Sanders.
Here is Saturday’s schedule:
Bishop Shanahan vs. Malvern Prep, 1 p.m.
Archbishop Wood vs. Lincoln, 2:45 p.m.
Westtown vs. Timber Creek, 4:30 p.m.
Plymouth Whitemarsh vs. Neumann-Goretti, 6:15 p.m.