DePaul Signees Highlight All-Star Game Roster

CHICAGO, IL - Who got next? The Windy City does. NeXt All-American Classic will be held on April 3rd in suburban Chicago. The official rosters have been released and feature 24 of the nation's best high school boys basketball players with a unique mix of top national and local talent. The game airs live on national television at 2:00 p.m. CT on CBS College Sports Network.

Two DePaul signees for the class of 2011, Macari Brooks from Rich South and Jamee Crockett from Crete-Monee, are scheduled to compete on the same team at the Sears Centre on Sunday.

Also appearing in the game are the country's top three unsigned prospects DeAndre Daniels (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.), Trevor Lacey (Butler High School/Huntsville, Ala.), and Ben McLemore (Christian Life Center/Humble, Tex.). The 6-8 Daniels, of Los Angeles, Calif. will decide between Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas and Florida. Lacey, who averaged 31.2 points per game and led his team to a third straight Alabama 5A state title, is the target of an intense recruiting race involving Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn and Baylor. McLemore, a 6-5 wing guard/forward from St. Louis, Mo., will either choose Kansas or Missouri.

Chicago will be well-represented with ten nationally-ranked players in the game. Mike Shaw, a 6-8 forward at De La Salle, rated no. 34 by, is the centerpiece of a consensus top 10 recruiting class for Illinois. Robert Smith of Simeon High School in Chicago and Leon Goolsby from IC Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va. have been selected to be the coaches. Smith won the 2010 Illinois 6A state championship and his Simeon team has been ranked nationally the entire season this year and no. 1 in the city and in the state.

Goolsby has led Norcom (30-1) to consecutive 3A Virginia state championships with titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11. He was Virginia 3A Coach of the Year in 2010. Norcom's Dorian Finney-Smith, a NeXt All-American, is a national Top 25 recruit headed to Virginia Tech.

A portion of proceeds from the 2011 NeXt All-American Classic will go to Chicago Public Schools athletics. Sports programs at many inner-city schools are at risk of being eliminated due to budget cuts and lack of funding. Studies show when students participate in athletics the dropout rate decreases, grades improve and graduation rates rise dramatically. Student-athletes, on average, perform significantly better academically than those who do not play sports.

"We're looking forward to a very exciting showcase that celebrates these remarkable student-athletes for their achievements on and off the court. It's especially important that we can use this game to bring awareness to the public schools fiscal crisis and help save athletics. All students should have the same opportunity for a quality education that includes sports (participation)," said Clay Dade, NeXt All-American Classic founder and executive director.

"We're thrilled to bring the best nationally-ranked talent together for a good cause and a great show fans will enjoy. Chicago is a great sports town...a great basketball city with great high school teams and players every year," said Dade of Hoop One, the event organizer.

Complete rosters can be found at

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