Derby Classic stars hit town

The 2009 Wazoo Sports Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic participants, including four Louisville signees, will arrive in town Thursday. Stay tuned to for complete coverage, including Thursday's practice session.

Location: Freedom Hall
Event Date: 04/11/2009
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: $12 and $17 reserved (includes $2 KEC facility fee). Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster locations and the Freedom Hall Box Office.
Admission: Ticket & $6 KEC Parking Fee

The 24-player game roster includes three McDonald's All-Americans, four University of Louisville recruits, three University of Kentucky signees and three Indiana University recruits. The players will also participate in the Wazoo Sports Night of Future Stars on Friday, April 10, at Bellarmine University's Knights Hall.

Basketball Classic tickets are $17 and $12 (includes $2 KEC facility fee) and are available at TicketMaster locations (, the Freedom Hall Ticket Office, or by phone (502) 361-3100 or (800) 487-1212.

Gold Team

Maurice Creek, Indiana, 6'5, 200, Guard
Tyler Griffey, Illinois, 6'8, 230, Forward
Jon Hood, Kentucky, 6'7, 190, Guard
Jordan Hulls, Indiana, 6'0, 170, Guard
Brendan Lane, UCLA, 6'9, 205, Forward
Michael Snaer, Florida State, 6'4, Guard
Daniel Orton, Kentucky, 6'10, 260, Center
Christian Watford, Indiana, 6'8, 215, Forward
Maalik Wayns, Villanova, 6'1, 190, Guard
Rodney Williams, Minnesota, 6'6, Forward
Kyryl Natyazhko, Undecided, 6'11, Center

Coaches: Vince Walden, IMG Academy - Florida; Lewis Howard, Largo H.S. – Maryland

Black Team

Nolan Dennis, Memphis, 6'5, 180, Guard
Rakeem Buckles, Louisvile, 6'8, 203, Forward
Eric Bledsoe, Undecided, 6'0, 160, Guard
Lakeem Jackson, South Carolina, 6'5, 220, Forward
Elijah Johnson, Kansas, 6'2, 183, Guard
Noel Johnson, USC, 6'7, 180, Forward
Mike Marra, Louisville, 6'4, 200, Guard
Eric Murphy, Florida, 6'10, 220, Forward
Raymond Penn, Oklahoma State, 5'9, 150, Guard
Peyton Siva, Louisville, 6'0, 180, Guard
Stephan Van Treese, Louisville, 6'9, 225, Forward
DaShonte Riley, Syracuse, 6'11, Center

Coaches: David Gaines, Christ School- North Carolina; Andre Flynn, Fayette County H.S. – Georgia

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