3/19/2014 – KDF ALL-STAR GAME TO FEATURE NATION’S TOP PLAYERS ON THE HARDWOOD

March 19, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival will host some of the top basketball recruits in the country for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s  on Friday, April 18.   The roster includes three McDonald’s All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

“It is a testament to the college basketball fans of this area that we are able to recruit the highest level of players each year,” said Mike Gandolfo and Keith Conrad, the event’s co-recruiting chairs. “Our attendance is one of the main recruiting tools that resonate with players and their families.  These guys can’t wait to play in front of the most dedicated fan bases in college basketball. This roster has names you may not recognize now, but they will dominate college basketball’s headlines next season.”

40 former KDF Basketball Classic players will participate in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Recent alums include Russ Smith, Dominique Hawkins, Tyler Ennis, Quinn Cook, LaQuinton Ross, Branden Dawson, Marcus Smart, Semaj Christon, Sam Dekker, Markel Brown, Jordan Adams & TJ Warren.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

ON SALE NOW, Basketball Classic tickets are $13 and $18 (includes $1 facility fee) and are available at TicketMaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com), by phone (800-745-3000) or the Freedom Hall box office (502-367-5144).

First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the nation. The game has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Rex Chapman, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Eric Bledsoe, Deron Williams and Nolan Smith, among many others.

The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsors Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Under Armour, 99.7 DJX and B96.5 FM. Media Partner: SLAM Magazine.

2014 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC ROSTER

 

WHITE TEAM

 

   # NAME POS HT/WT HS COLLEGE
  Keita Bates-Diop F 6-7/185 University (IL) Ohio State
  Leron Black F 6-7/215 White Station (TN) Illinois
  Trevon Bluiett G 6-5/185 Park Tudor (IN) Xavier
  Chris Chiozza G 5-10/155 White Station (TN) Florida
  Bonzie Colson F 6-5/210 St Andrews (RI) Notre Dame
  Brandone Francis G 6-4/205 Arlington Country Day (FL) Florida
  Jaylen Johnson F 6-9/215 Ypsilanti (MI) Louisville
  Chinanu Onuaku C 6-10/232 Riverdale Baptist (MD) Louisville
  Devin Robinson F 6-8/200 Christchurch (VA) Florida
  Quentin Snider G 6-1/170 Ballard (KY) Louisville
Coaches:          Jesus Patino – White Station & Louis Wilson – Riverdale Baptist

GREEN TEAM

 

# NAME POS HT/WT HS COLLEGE
  Jonah Bolden F 6-8/190 Brewster Academy (NH) UCLA
  Angel Delgado F 6-8/220 The Patrick School (NJ) Seton Hall
  Isaac Copeland F 6-8/200 Brewster Academy (NH) Georgetown
  Max Hoetzel F 6-7/205 Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) Indiana
  Robert Johnson G 6-3/170 Benedictine (VA) Indiana
  JaQaun Lyle G 6-4/210 Huntington Prep (WV) Undecided
  Dwayne Morgan F 6-7/195 St. Francis (MD) UNLV
  Goodluck Okonoboh C 6-9/210 Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) UNLV
  Romelo Trimble G 6-3/185 Bishop O’Connell (MD) Maryland
  Dion Wiley G 6-4/195 Potomac (MD) Maryland
Coaches:          Chris Sparks – Wilbraham & Monson Academy & Jason Smith – Brewster Academy

For more information, contact: Derby Festival Press Office at (502) 584-FEST.

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