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The 252 Classic will take place at Fike High School at 6 p.m. and feature some of the top basketball players in Eastern North Carolina.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Senior high school basketball players from around the area will meet at Fike High School in Wilson on March 24  to participate in the first 252 Classic. The event, created by Jeremy Jeffers, will help local unsigned seniors gain more college exposure, and for others, may be the final time the play in the area. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Jeffers about the event.

Q: What gave you the inspiration to create this event?

A: “I really care about the kids in our area. Some of these kids don’t get as much exposure as they would in Raleigh, Greensboro or other areas due to the limited resources we have. I really wanted to do it for the fans and the players in our area and help those players get some more camera time.”

Q: Who are some of the players who are invited? 

A: “A few of the guys we’ll have are Imajae Dodd from Greene Central, Shykeim Phillips and Jahzeer Baker from South Central, Toyaz Solomon from Northwest Halifax, which is a name a lot of people don’t know yet, and Dyquavis Wilkins from Farmville Central, to name a few.”

Q: How did you go about selecting who would be invited?

A: A lot of it was Anthony Bruton with Bucketreel. He creates highlights and mixtapes for kids in our area and he’s big on helping them get exposure. He and Rod Bridges of the Hoopstate Network, which will be doing media coverage for us, made the choices.”

Q: What kind of events will there be?

A: “We will have the game and our dunk contest. The dunk contest will happen first at 6 p.m.. Doors open at 5 p.m. and will followed by the dunk contest. Tickets are $10 and are only available at the door. 

Q: What does it say about the kids in the area that they are continuing to try and gain exposure after the season?

A: “I believe it shows tremendous tenacity and motivation. The AAU programs are far away, so some of these kids drive to Raleigh, Greensboro and even Charlotte sometimes. They’re all out west. It speaks volumes about who they are and their character.” 

Q: Is there a possibility that you’ll add a girls game in the future?

A: “We wanted to see how it went the first time, but there is definitely a chance we will add a girls event. I’ve had girls call asking about it and it’s something I’m definitely willing to do.” 

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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