Penn State recruit shines at Kline Classic

Vaux's Rysheed Jordan played in the Kline Classic.
Vaux's Rysheed Jordan played in the Kline Classic. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 04, 2013

Penn State recruit Geno Thorpe made quite an impression at the Mary Kline Classic, an all-star basketball event Sunday at Philadelphia University.

Thorpe, a senior combination guard at Shaler Area High near Pittsburgh, was named MVP of the senior game after he scored 20 points.

The 6-foot-4 Thorpe also impressed a small contingent of Penn State fans with a few flashy finishes at the rim.

The basketball classic, run by 19-year-old recruiting analyst Alex Kline, was a fund-raiser for cancer research. Kline assembled several of the country's top high school basketball prospects.

Junior Jared Nickens, a 6-6 forward at the Westtown School, excelled in the all-star game for underclassmen. He finished with 13 points.

Nickens is considering offers from Miami, Wake Forest, Temple, Dayton, Providence, Rutgers, and Oregon State.

Junior Ja'Quan Newton, a 6-3 point guard from Catholic League powerhouse Neumann-Goretti, finished with 16 points. Newton is considering Villanova, Southern Methodist, Pittsburgh, and Arizona, among others.

Other players with local ties who took part in the event:

B.J Johnson, 6-7 forward, Lower Merion, committed to Syracuse.

Josh Hart, 6-5 forward, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.), Villanova.

DeAndre Bembry, 6-6 forward, The Patrick School (Elizabeth, N.J.), St. Joseph's.

Josh Brown, 6-3 point guard, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), Temple.

Brandon Austin, 6-6 forward, Imhotep Charter, Providence.

Rysheed Jordan, 6-4 guard, Robert Vaux, St. John's.

Mikal Bridges, 6-7 junior forward, Great Valley, undecided.


Contact Tyler R. Tynes at Ttynes@Philly.com. Follow on Twitter @RealTylerTynes.

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