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Talent-Packed Nor Cal Tip Off Classic Highlights Bishop O’Dowd, Fairfax

The eleventh annual Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic will be held Saturday November 25, 2017 at Newark Memorial High School in Newark, CA.

The event is designed to promote and showcase Northern California basketball to college coaches, media. scouts and the public.

There are seven games on the day beginning at 11:00 am. (schedule is follows.) High-profile programs such as San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno), Dublin, Moreau Catholic (Hayward), Capital Christian (Sacramento) and Berkeley will be featured. The event will culminate with the marquee matchup at 8:30 pm between national powers Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) and Fairfax (Los Angeles).

Bishop O’Dowd is lead by high level 2018 guards Elijah Hardy and Naseem Gaskin and 2019 post man Raymond Hawkins. Fairfax is lead by four Division I prospects: 2018 guard Jamal Hartwell, 2019 guards Ethan Anderson and Robert McRae and 2018 forward Kirk Smith.

Photo & video courtesy CaliHoop.

Other elite prospects are 2020 wing Jalen Green of San Joaquin Memorial who is ranked #2 nationally in his class by ESPN and 2019 forward Isaiah Mobley of Rancho Christian who is ranked #41 in his class.

Promising 2020 players with elite potential are forward Evan Mobley of Rancho Christian who is a Top 5 CalHiSports prospect in his class and guard Robbie Beasley of Dublin who is a Top 10 Cal-Hi Sports prospect.

Moreau Catholic was a 2017 state finalist while Folsom and San Joaquin Memorial were Nor Cal quarter finalist and St. Ignatius was a Nor Cal semi finalist. St. Joseph-Norte Dame and Capital Christian both were Nor Cal Open Division participants and Fairfax was a So Cal quarter finalist.

Five players participating in the event are currently committed to a Division I four-year school (all 2018): combo forward Andre Kelly of Lincoln (Stockton) to California, combo guard Elijah Hardy of Bishop O’Dowd to Washington, combo guard Naseem Gaskin of Bishop O’Dowd to Utah, forward Mason Forbes of Folsom to Harvard and Dameane Douglas (San Joaquin Memorial) to Loyola Marymount.

11th annual Nor Cal Tip Off Classic Schedule

Saturday November 25, 2017 at Newark Memorial High School

Game 1: 11:00 AM St. Ignatius (San Francisco) vs Las Lomas (Walnut Creek)

Game 2: 12:30 PM Dublin vs. Berkeley

Game 3: 2:15 PM Newark Memorial (Newark) vs Lincoln (Stockton)

Game 4: 3:45 PM Moreau Catholic (Hayward) vs. San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno)

Game 5: 5:30 PM St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame (Alameda) vs Folsom

Game 6: 7:00 PM Capital Christian (Sacramento) vs Rancho Christian (Temecula)

Game 7: 8:30 PM Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) vs. Fairfax vs (Los Angeles)


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