Bridges, Booth, DiVincenzo selected for Mary Kline Classic

Photo Credit: Kelly Kline / Under Armour

Three Villanova commits have been selected to participate in the prestigious Mary Kline Classic, the organization announced Wednesday morning.

Great Valley's (PA) Mikal Bridges (#81 on ESPN's), Mount St. Joe's (MD) Phil Booth (#67 on Scout) and Salesianum's (DE) Donte DiVincenzo (#80 on Rivals) were selected for the upperclassmen and underclassmen games. Bridges and Booth will be playing on the same team, dubbed "Team Courage." The event will also have a dunk contest and three-point shootout.

In recent years, the event - which raised $27,000 for cancer research- featured St. John's' Rysheed Jordan, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, Kansas' Wayne Selden and Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to name a few.

Alex Kline, the event's organizer and national recruiting analyst, spoke highly of this year's rosters including the Wildcat hopefuls.

"I think they're like any one of Jay Wright's recruits," Kline said on Wednesday morning."They are great people with a lot of character and obviously they are very talented. Donte is a great scorer, who is sneaky athletic and shoot it from anywhere. Mikal is very versatile. He can put it on the floor, he can go inside, he can drive, shoot midrange and outside he can do everything and he will benefit Villanova in the long haul.  Playing with Phil would be great for him. Phil is a combo guard who can score, play both positions, shoots it a little and is just an amazing person."

Outside of multiple Villanova prospects, the event will be highlighted by Karl Towns (McDonalds & Jordan Brand All-American/Kentucky commit), Isaiah Whitehead (McDonalds & Jordan Brand All-American/Seton Hall commit), Romelo Trimble (McDonalds All-American/Maryland commit), Brandone Francis (Top-25 Senior/Florida commit), Dwayne Morgan (Top-20 Senior/UNLV commit), Ben Simmons (Top-5 Junior/LSU commit) and multiple underclassmen prospects.

Seton Hall's heralded 2014 recruiting class (Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado and Desi Rodriguez) will also be playing in the all-star game. Maryland, who will meet Villanova in the Jimmy V Classic, also brings in an elite recruiting class (Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Trayvon Reed that will be participating in the Mary Kline Classic as well.

The Mary Kline Classic will be held on May 31 at West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ and has teamed up with Gatorade, Nike, Skullcandy and more to make the event a success in it's fourth year. And with the focus being on Seton Hall, Villanova and Maryland prospects, Kline said the Wildcats have the unseen talents needed to play in this all-star game.

"That's the thing about these guys," Kline said. "Character was the biggest thing this year and these three really embody that. They will all have really long careers at Villanova and can do it all. They are each stereotypical Villanova basketball players, in the best way possible. Every Villanova alum we've had (from Ryan Arcidiacono to Daniel Ochefu to Josh Hart last year), all have been great guys and that's what this is all about."

Senior Game Rosters

TEAM PERSEVERANCE (HOME)

# Name Position Class Height High School AAU College
0 Abdul-Malik Abu Power Forward Senior 6'8" Kimball Union Academy (NH) Expressions Elite (MA) North Carolina State Wolfpack
1 Shep Garner Guard Senior 6'2" Roman Catholic (PA) Team Final (PA) Penn State Nittany Lions
3 Dion Wiley Shooting Guard Senior 6'4" Potomac (MD) Team Takeover (DC) Maryland Terrapins
5 Trayvon Reed Center Senior 7'2" Life Center Academy (NJ) Each One Teach One (FL) Maryland Terrapins
10 Romelo Trimble Point Guard Senior 6'2" Bishop O’Connell (VA) DC Assault (DC) Maryland Terrapins
11 Jared Nickens Small Forward Senior 6'6" Westtown (PA) Sports U (NJ) Maryland Terrapins
15 Dwayne Morgan Small Forward Senior 6'7" St. Frances Academy (MD) Baltimore Elite (MD) UNLV Runnin' Rebels
20 Ja'Quan Newton Guard Senior 6'3" Neumann Goretti (PA) Team Final (PA) Miami-Florida Hurricanes
32 Jared Terrell Shooting Guard Senior 6'4" Brewster Academy (NH) Expressions Elite (MA) Oklahoma State Cowboys
33 Ben Bentil Power Forward Senior 6'8" St. Andrews (DE) WE R1 (DE) Providence Friars
Coaches: Chris Alesi, Doug Martin & Mike Mannix

TEAM COURAGE (AWAY)

# Name Position Class Height High School AAU College
4 Wade Baldwin Guard Senior 6'4" St. Joseph’s Metuchen (NJ) Sports U (NJ) Vanderbilt Commodores
5 Brandone Francis Guard Senior 6'5" Arlington Country Day (FL) Florida Elite (FL) Florida Gators
11 Khadeen Carrington Guard Senior 6'2" Bishop Loughlin (NY) New York Lightning (NY) Seton Hall Pirates
12 Angel Delgado Power Forward Senior 6'8" The Patrick School (NJ) New York Lightning (NY) Seton Hall Pirates
15 Isaiah Whitehead Shooting Guard Senior 6'4" Abraham Lincoln (NY) Juice All-Stars (NY) Seton Hall Pirates
20 Desi Rodriguez Small Forward Senior 6'6" Abraham Lincoln (NY) Juice All-Stars (NY) Seton Hall Pirates
23 Phil Booth Guard Senior 6'2" Mount St. Joe’s (MD) Team Takeover (DC) Villanova Wildcats
24 Brendan Boyle Point Guard Senior 6'1" Montverde Academy (FL) Each One Teach One (FL) Undecided
25 Mikal Bridges Small Forward Senior 6'7" Great Valley (PA) Team Final (PA) Villanova Wildcats
32 Karl Towns Center Senior 7'0" St. Joseph’s Metuchen (NJ) Sports U (NJ) Kentucky Wildcats
Coaches: Kevin Boyle, Matt Pauls & James Barrett

Underclassman Game Rosters

TEAM INSPIRATION (HOME)

# Name Position Class Height High School AAU College
1 Bryant Crawford Point Guard Junior 6'2" Gonzaga College Prep (DC) Team Takeover (DC) Undecided
3 Payton Pritchard Point Guard Sophomore 6'1" West Linn (OR) Team FAST (OR) Undecided
4 Unique McLean Shooting Guard Sophomore 6'2" Hoosac (NY) Team Scan (NY) Undecided
5 Donte DiVincenzo Guard Junior 6'4" Salesianum (DE) Team Final (PA) Villanova Wildcats
13 Cheick Diallo Power Forward Junior 6'9" Our Savior New American (NY) Team Scan (NY) Undecided
14 Kassoum Yakwe Power Forward Sophomore 6'8" Our Savior New American (NY) Team Scan (NY) Undecided
21 Tyler Lydon Forward Junior 6'9" New Hampton (NH) Albany City Rocks (NY) Syracuse
23 Malachi Richardson Shooting Guard Junior 6'5" Roselle Catholic (NJ) Team Final (PA) Undecided
25 Tyus Battle Guard Sophomore 6'5" Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ) Team Scan (NY) Undecided
31 Thomas Bryant Power Forward Junior 6'9" Huntington Prep (WV) Team Scan (NY) Undecided
Coaches: Chad Babel, Aaron Burt & Tim Mannix

TEAM BRAVERY (AWAY)

# Name Position Class Height High School AAU College
1 Justin Simon Point Guard Junior 6'5" Temecula Valley (CA) Gamepoint Nation (CA) Undecided
2 Mustapha Heron Shooting Guard Sophomore 6'4" Sacred Heart (CT) Expressions Elite (MA) Pittsburgh
6 Derrick Jones Small Forward Junior 6'6" Archbishop Carroll (PA) We-R1 (DE) Undecided
10 Chris Silva Power Forward Junior 6'8" Roselle Catholic (NJ) New Jersey Roadrunners (NJ) Undecided
15 Jessie Govan Center Junior 6'9" Wings Academy (NY) New York Lightning (NY) Undecided
20 Rawle Atkins Shooting Guard Sophomore 6'4" Christ the King (NY) New Rens (NY) Undecided
22 Sedee Keita Center Sophomore 6'10" Vermont Academy (VT) WE R1 (DE) Undecided
25 Ben Simmons Small Forward Junior 6'8" Montverde Academy (FL) Each One Teach One (FL) LSU Tigers
27 Jamal Murray Point Guard Sophomore 6'5" Athlete Institute Academy (CAN) CIA Bounce (CAN) Undecided
35 Moustapha Diagne Power Forward Junior 6'9" Pope John XXIII (NJ)
Undecided
Coaches: Terrell Myers, Tony McIntyre & Billy Diamond


Slam Dunk Contest presented by Skullcandy: Wade Baldwin, Derrick Jones, Unique McLean, Abdul-Malik Abu, Justin Simon & Desi Rodriguez

3-Point Shootout presented by Skullcandy: Romelo Trimble, Isaiah Whitehead, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens, Malachi Richardson, Brandone Francis, Tyler Lydon & Payton Pritchard

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