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Several five-star basketball recruits playing at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday

Five-star basketball recruit Thon Maker will play at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School on Friday night. Maker is considering Kansas, Indiana, Arizona State, St. John’s, Notre Dame and UNLV.
Five-star basketball recruit Thon Maker will play at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School on Friday night. Maker is considering Kansas, Indiana, Arizona State, St. John’s, Notre Dame and UNLV.

Several of the nation’s top high school basketball recruits will be at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday night for a showcase that will include an intra-city game featuring the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs.

The one-night Thoroughbred Classic tips off at 5 p.m. with Dunbar — the state’s top-ranked team — hosting Tates Creek. The Bulldogs (19-4) defeated the Commodores (4-17) by 32 points on Jan. 12.

Junior guard Taveion Hollingsworth is averaging 21.6 points per game this season for Dunbar, which is 17-2 against in-state competition and has won six straight against 11th Region teams.

The national portion of the Thoroughbred Classic begins at 7 p.m., with a game between Athlete Institute (Ontario) and Quality Education (N.C.). Five-star prospect Thon Maker, a 7-footer and one of the top seniors in high school basketball, plays for Athlete Institute.

The nightcap at 8:30 p.m., will feature Prolific Prep (Calif.) and Advanced Prep International (Texas), two of the most talented teams in the country.

Prolific Prep senior Josh Jackson is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2016 and has narrowed his recruiting list to Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State. DraftExpress.com already projects Jackson as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

API’s roster includes two of the best juniors in the country: Trevon Duval and Billy Preston. Both are considered top-five players in the class of 2017 by 247Sports, which ranks Duval as the No. 1 point guard in the class. Both players have scholarship offers from several major programs.

Tickets for Friday’s showcase are $15.

Thoroughbred Classic at Paul Laurence Dunbar on Friday

5:15 p.m. — Tates Creek at Paul Laurence Dunbar

7 p.m. — Athlete Institute (Ontario) vs. Quality Education (N.C.)

8:30 p.m. — Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. API (Texas)

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