Alex Kline was running.
The Syracuse student, a wunderkind recruiting analyst who has been featured in Forbes and Sports Illustrated, had been running around for days. Working on the Mary Kline Classic, a cancer-research event that honors the memory of his mother, was no easy task for a 19-year-old.
"It's like he's running with his head cut off," one of his family members joked Sunday while he was carrying boxes around Herb Magee Court at Philadelphia University. "But that's the kind of kid Alex is. He's always been very dedicated."
Kline is a national recruiting analyst for Rivals.com who has befriended many of the nation's top basketball prospects. He rose to prominence in recruiting circles when he was a teenager at the Pennington School in central New Jersey.
Kline brought in more than 20 basketball recruits from around the country for the benefit all-star games. He talked to representatives from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the sponsoring headphone company Skullcandy, and then cut open dozens of Nike sneaker boxes to equip his talent.
As Kline placed the boxes on the floor and caught his breath, he was asked why he puts on this event.
"This is the one day a year when everyone who I impact, or impacts me, comes together to support my family - and more importantly, support cancer research," he said. "This event teaches the world that there is still a chance for philanthropy."
While Kline was traversing Philadelphia University's campus faster than some of his recruits could run the court, a recruit from Syracuse, Ron Patterson, talked at courtside about the organizer's efforts.
"I'm really excited to participate in this event," said Patterson, who played this season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. "To be a part of such an amazing event to showcase my skills and to fight cancer is definitely worth being a part of."
In attendance at the games was Dion Waters, a former Life Center Academy and Syracuse star who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Among the players on the court was Karl Towns, a 7-foot-1 center from Metuchen, N.J., who has committed to Kentucky.