4/9/2015 – FUTURE COLLEGE BASKETBALL STARS ARRIVE TODAY FOR ALL STAR GAME

LINE-UP INCLUDES FUTURE CARDS AND HOOSIERS

 April 9, 2015. Louisville, KY. Some of the top basketball recruits in the country arrive in Louisville today for the 42nd annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Saturday, April 11. This year’s roster includes 14 players ranked in the Top 50 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com, four McDonald’s All-Americans, as well as future Cards and Hoosiers. Scout.com ranks 6 of the players as five-star recruits. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Friday, April 10, at New Albany High School.

This year’s roster features University of Louisville commitment Ryan McMahon, who will suit with UofL signees Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Donovan Mitchell; as well as Indiana recruits Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan and Ogugua Anunoby.  Former Kentucky star Perry Stevenson returns to Derby Festival Basketball Classic as a coach.  Stevenson played in the 2006 Derby Festival Basketball Classic and is currently an assistant coach at Trinity. Bryant was named a McDonald’s All-American along with Diamond Stone, Jawun Evans, and Dedric Lawson.

“We are very excited about this group of players. We know we have a strong group who will carry on the storied tradition of this event,” said Mike Gandolfo and Keith Conrad, the event’s co-recruiting chairs. “The players recognize that this game is played in front of the greatest and most knowledgeable basketball fans in the world.  We expect for them to put on quite a show.”

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 Reserved Tickets $13 Upper Arena and $18 Lower Arena in advance ($15 and $20 at the door). $50 VIP Courtside Tickets (Limited Availability).  Tickets on sale at all TicketMaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall box office at (502) 367-5144 (Includes facility fee). 

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 and Under Armour.  Media Sponsors are 99.7 DJX, B96.5 FM and SLAM Magazine.

2015 KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC ROSTERS AS OF 4/3/2015

SILVER TEAM

Pos

Ht

College

22

Deng Adel

F

6-7

Louisville

23

Prince Ali

G

6-3

UCLA

1

Bryant Crawford

G

6-2

Wake Forest

2

Jawun Evans

G

6-0

Oklahoma St

3

Ryan McMahon

G

6-0

Louisville

45

Donovan Mitchell

G

6-3

Louisville

0

Justin Patton

C

6-10

Creighton

5

Danjel Purifoy

F

6-6

Auburn

32

Matt Ryan

F

6-8

Notre Dame

35

Ray Spalding

F

6-9

Louisville

33

Diamond Stone

C

6-10

Maryland

Coach AW Hamilton – Hargrave Military Academy (VA)

Assistant Coach Perry Stevenson – Trinity (KY)

PURPLE TEAM

Pos

Ht

College

2

Jalen Adams

G

6-2

UConn

3

OG Anunoby

F

6-7

Indiana

24

Thomas Bryant

C

6-10

Undecided

4

Daniel Giddens

C

6-10

Ohio St

33

Austin Grandstaff

G

6-5

Ohio St

11

Dedric Lawson

F

6-8

Memphis

13

KJ Lawason

F

6-7

Memphis

23

Juwan Morgan

F

6-7

Indiana

0

Brandon Sampson

G

6-4

St. Johns

1

Justin Simon

G

6-5

Arizona

 Coach Todd Day – Hamilton HS (TN)

Assistant Coach Ryan Arrowood – Huntington Prep (WV)

For more information, contact:

Co-Recruiting Chair Mike Gandolfo (@DerbyBBClassic) at (502) 396-5823.

November 9 - December 7