With plenty of high school standouts on the court participating in the two-on-two, three point and dunk contests, there were also some notable future stars in the crowd.
McDonald's All-Americans Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo were in the house. So too were University of Louisville stars Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean and Brandon Jenkins. And don't forget current NBA star Derek Anderson.
And while those stars not playing received plenty of attention from fans and media alike, all eyes were clearly focused on the guys in action on the court.
In the first event of the night, the two-on-two contest, U of L signee Terrance Farley and Villanova signee Kyle Lowry made a nice tandem. Farley, forced to matchup against the more physical Kalen Grimes in the first round game, scored 9 of his team's 13 points and swatted a shot to help his team advance to the second round.
In the next round against Charles Thomas and Sundiata Gaines, Farley and Lowry once again dispatched their competition to advance to the semi-finals. However, Memphis signee Richard Dorsey and Florida signee Al Hortford proved too much for the duo in their semi-final matchup, knocking off Farley and Lowry 12-7. Dorsey and Hortford then knocked off Mason County standout Chris Lofton and Kentucky's Lonnell DeWalt, 12-9, to claim the two-on-two title.
Louisville prospect Churchill Odia, who was paired with Mohammed Tangara, knocked down two three pointers and scored 8 of his teams 10 points but fell 12-10 in the opening round to Dorsey and Hortford.
In the night's second event, the three point shooting contest, Lofton took center stage. Kentucky's Mr. Basketball was on fire, scoring 24 points and advancing to Saturday's final. Josh Shipp (18), A.J. Ratliff (16), and Churchill Odia (15) advanced to the finals as well.
Others of note: Wade (3), Lowery (5), Farley (6).
In the night's final act, the Dunk Contest, Richard Dorsey showed the crowd what he does best. Dorsey, a powerful and athletic dunker, advanced to Saturday night's final along with Syracuse's Deyshawn Wright, and Indiana's James Hardy and Ratliff.
Tip-time for Saturday night's Derek Anderson Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic is schedule for 7:00 PM at Freedom Hall.