The event, hosted by Brooklyn’s Nazareth High School, will include McEachern and Osborne among 30 total participants.
Osborne (10-4) will open the Rose Classic against Mary Louis (N.Y.) on Friday at 5 p.m., then will face Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
McEachern (12-2) will follow the Lady Cardinals both days, facing Nazareth on Friday and Capitol Christian Academy (Md.) on Saturday.
“This will be my first time going to New York so I’m really excited,” Osborne guard Zutorya Cook said. “I’ve seen New York on TV all of the time and I finally get to go.”
Cook is also excited about the competition the Lady Cardinals will face.
“I want to see the different styles the teams play and experience what basketball is like up there,” she said. “I think our team will do well.”
McEachern will be participating in the Rose Classic for the second straight year. The Lady Indians were invited to the 2013 event the summer following their 2012 state championship.
“Osborne hosts a Rose Classic-affiliated summer camp that we’ve attended for the past two years,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. “I was looking for us to beef up our schedule after winning the state championship and play in a competitive tournament the next season. In looking around, I got involved with the organizers of the Classic and they invited us up.
“We had a good time the first time and played well and they invited us back this year. It’s a good event that will get our girls even more prepared for the postseason and the caliber of teams we’ll have to face, like Norcross and Parkview. This will be get the girls exposed to nationally ranked teams and different styles.”
McEachern’s first opponent, Nazareth, features three Division I signees among other sought-after recruits
McEachern, led by North Carolina commitment Te’a Cooper and two other projected college recruits in Caliya Robinson and Aunesha Williams, has already seen its fair share of quality opponents, ttraveling to events in Tennessee and Florida.
Osborne has also strengthened its schedule. Four of the Lady Cardinals’ first five games were against Class AAAAAA opponents, and they competed at a tournament in Alabama over the winter break.
“Our Rose Classic team camp mimics what’s been done in New York,” Osborne coach Melanie Samuel said. “Last summer was the second year we had it. Assistant coach George Hayes knows some of the guys that put on the Rose Classic, so he was able to lock the tournament at Osborne.
“Where they use high school teams from North Carolina to New England, our camp brings some of the top AAU, club and travel teams from Georgia together to play one another over the summer.”
Arthur was impressed with what her team experienced at the Rose Classic in 2013 and encouraged Samuel to seek an invitation for this season.
Both teams are scheduled to fly to New York today and return Monday.
“We want to play some great basketball teams and get some experience,” Samuel said. “It’s not often you get an opportunity to go to New York and play these kinds of teams. It will be a great cultural experience for the girls, too.”
The staffs and players from both team will also have the chance for sightseeing when they are aren’t practicing or playing.
Cooper, whose parents are from New Jersey, plans to see some relatives.
“I’m looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to the games,” she said. “We lost the last time we were up there, but it was fun. A lot of us know what to expect and we’ll be prepared. I think it will be a fun experience for everybody.”