Baltimore (February 24) – In a match-up of U.S. All-Stars vs. Baltimore All-Stars in the 3rd Annual Charm City Challenge, four University of Maryland signees will be participating. The Charm City Challenge takes place at the Towson Center on the campus of Towson University on Sunday, April 13.
Future Terps participating include Hassan Fofana, Ekene Ibekwe, Wil Bowers and DJ Strawberry. Fofana, Ibekwe and Strawberry will be playing on the U.S. Team; Bowers on the Baltimore All-Star Team. Fofana (Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA) is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks this year for the 21-4 Tigers. A native of Conkary, Guinea, is 6-7, 270 pounds and is ranked as the ninth best center in the country. He averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds as a sophomore and junior at Holy Name High School is Massachusetts. Ibekwe (Carson High, Carson, Calif) is rated as the sixth best power forward in the nation. He averaged 19.7 points, 10 rebounds and three assists as a junior. Ibekwe, 6-9, 195, is regarded as one of the top prospects in the Los Angeles area and chose Maryland over Southern Cal. Bowers (Archbishop Spalding, Hanover, MD) is averaging 11.5 points per game for Coach Mike Glick. Spalding is currently ranked 8th by the Baltimore Sun. Last season, Bowers averaged 15.5 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Bowers will be playing for Coach Glick in the Charm City Challenge as Glick will coach the Baltimore All-Star Team. Strawberry (Mater Dei High, Santa Ana, Calif.) is a 6-4, 175 pound guard and the son of former major league baseball player Darryl Strawberry. He is regarded as a top 100 recruit for his athletic ability and averaged 11.5 points as a junior.
The Charm City Challenge consists of two games – Suburban All-Stars against City All-Stars in the preliminary game at 3 PM with the U.S. against Baltimore All-Stars game to follow at 5 PM. Complete rosters for all four teams will be released shortly. Tickets for the Charm City Challenge are $10 for students, $15 for adults and are available by calling 410-605-9381.
For more information or media credentials, contact: Mark Ragonese (410) 605-9381