Diamond Johnson named first and only woman to play in 24K Showcase at Iverson Classic

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Philadelphia guard Diamond Johnson will be the only female playing in The Iverson Classic’s 24K Showcase.

Basketball fans in the Philadelphia area made serious noise when Neuman Goretti guard Diamond Johnson was not named to the McDonald’s All-American Game.

The McDAAG Co-Chair had to issue a statement in response to the backlash. Neuman Goretti coach Andrea Peterson called it a robbery. Johnson’s future coach at Rutgers, Hall of Famer, C. Vivian Stringer, also responded.

Allen Iverson and The Iverson Classic have responded in their own way.

For the first time, The Iverson Classic will also host its 24K Showcase this year. It features additional top national talent and will take place on April 22, two days before the Iverson Classic All-American Game on April 24. And for the first time, a girl will compete alongside boys in a game of this magnitude.

Diamond Johnson has been invited to play in the 24K Showcase.

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Today, Iverson Classic announces that Philadelphia's Diamond Johnson will compete in the 24K Showcase at the Iverson Classic.⁣ ​​⁣ ​​Allen Iverson, Jai Manselle and Bobby Bates FaceTimed Diamond Johnson's team during practice to let her know that she is being invited to play in the 24K Showcase at the Iverson Classic on April 22nd. This marks the first time in sports history that a woman has integrated a men's game at this level.⁣ ​​⁣ ​​The 24K Showcase is one of 2 full-length games taking place during Iverson Classic week. The other is the Iverson Classic All American Game that takes place two days later on April 24th. The 24K Showcase features top ranked talent and participants are selected without regard to class.⁣ ​​⁣ ​​Diamond Johnson has racked up 2,741 pts and an endless list of accolades, including PA Gatorade Player of the Year, SLAM Summer Classic MVP, All USA Today PA First Team, EYBL MVP and more.⁣ ​​⁣ ​​The 2020 Iverson Classic will be played in memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. KB and Gigi, this one’s for you.⁣ @theofficialai3 @_diamond3 @manselle @bobbybates3

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This marks the first time in sports history that a woman has integrated a men’s game at this level.⁣

​​Diamond Johnson has racked up 2,741 pts and an endless list of accolades, including PA Gatorade Player of the Year, SLAM Summer Classic MVP, All USA Today PA First Team, EYBL MVP and more.⁣

The Iverson Classic has dedicated the 2020 Games to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. It’s in that spirit that makes the selection of Diamond Johnson even more special.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. Martin has work experience in digital media, radio, and journalism. He started a basketball blog and internet radio show in 2013 on Blog Talk Radio. Martin previously hosted the Knightcap show for WCTC 1450 AM covering the Rutgers Men's Basketball team. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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