"It's All About The Game"

Cap Classic Boasts Top Talent






Ron Bailey, Publisher



April 10, 2008 - Outside of the McDonald’s All-American game, the Capital Classic arguably enjoys the greatest history of all the high school, invitation only post season all star games. This year’s event, the 35th iteration, looks to uphold that stellar tradition Sunday, April 13th at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center.

“The Capital Classic is a tradition filled event, as many of today’s NBA stars have participated in previous years” noted Gene Brtalik, Vice President of Public Relations for the event’s organizer, Corrigan Sports Enterprises. “We expect this year’s game to again showcase the future stars of the NVA and hopefully one day – Hall of Famers”.

Brtalik was referring to the likes of Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and Adrian Dantley, all both Basketball Hall of Fame members and Cap Classic alumni. Lending credence to his supposition are the 22 past participants that took part in NCAA Division I, post season hoops this year alone, including three from National Champion Kansas (Sasha Kaun, Russell Robinson, and Rodrick Stewart).

The Hall of Fame is surely a tall order, but this year’s Capital vs. National game roster is no doubt talent laden: From the D.C./Baltimore corridor, the likes of Kris Joseph (Syracuse), Jason Clark and Henry Sims (Georgetown), Max Kenyi (Harvard), Roscoe Davis (WVU), Sean Thomas (Morgan State), and Sean Mosley (Maryland) will all compete. When they are added to Renaldo Woolridge (Tennessee), Sylvan Landesburg (UVA), Andre Young (Clemson) and others, there is no wonder great anticipation shadows the headliner contest.

As usual, the Capital Classic offers two games to attendees, with the first being a DC vs. Suburban affair, tantalizing in its own right, as future college standouts for schools like Vermont (Garvey Young and Jordan Clarke), North Carolina A&T (Marc Hill), Tennessee-Chattanooga (Jasper Williams), Quinnipiac (Harold Washington), and Northeastern (Eric Etherly) will all do battle. Additionally, talented, unsigned student-athletes such as David Diakite, Zach Webb, Chase Smith, Austin Cooley, Matt Graves and others will all suit up.

Outfitting the team, as title sponsor, will be Under Armour, a reality Corrigan’s Brtalik believes “adds even more prestige to the Capital Classic”.

Doors open at 1:30pm, with the DC/Suburban match up tipping at 2:30pm, and the subsequent Capital/US tilt jumping off at 5:00pm. For those interested, the event’s dunk and three point shooting contests will occur tomorrow, Friday, April 11th, at 3:30pm; its site being Bishop O’Connell High School (Arlington, VA).

While the dunk/shooting contest’s tickets can be purchased for $5.00 at O’Connell’s door, entrance to the main event is available through Ticket Master, and at the Comcast Center’s box office on Sunday. For more information, click here.

See you there. History will once again be in the making.

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