30th Annual Jordan Capital Classic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Jordan Capital Classic, sponsored by Nike, Inc.'s Jordan division, is proud to announce the participants for the 30th Annual basketball classic. This year's event will once again feature the nation's top high school graduating seniors and will be held on Thursday, April 17th, 2003 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the game will benefit Children's National Medical Center.

This year's participants include LeBron James (St. Vincent St. Mary/Akron, OH/Undecided), Luol Deng (Blair Academy/Blairstown, NJ/Duke), Ndudi Ebi (Westbury Christian/Houston, TX/Arizona), Kris Humphries (Hopkins/Minnetonka, MN/Duke), Ekene Ibekwe (Carson/Carson, CA/Maryland), Rodrick Stewart (Rainier Beach/Seattle, WA/USC), Brandon Foust (Brookhaven/Columbus, OH/Oklahoma), Brandon Cotton (St. Martin DePorres/Detroit, MI/Michigan State), J.R. Giddens (John Marshall/Oklahoma City, OK/Kansas), Andrew Lavender (Brookhaven/Columbus, OH/Oklahoma), Shannon Brown (Proviso East/Maywood, IL/Michigan State), Shagari Alleyne (Rice/New York, NY/Rutgers), Taurean Minor (Booker T. Washington/Houston, TX/LSU), Chris Paul (West Forsyth/Clemmons, NC/Wake Forest), Dion Harris (Redford/Detroit, MI/Michigan), Vakeaton Wafer (Heritage Christian/Cleveland, TX/Florida State), Courtney Sims (Noble & Greenough/Dedham, MA/Michigan), Drew Naymick (North Muskegon/N. Muskegon, MI/Michigan State), Gary Ervin (Notre Dame Prep/Fitchburg, MA/Mississippi State) and Linas Kleiza (Montrose Christian/Rockville, MD/Undecided).

Last year's Jordan Capital Classic National All-Star Game included current stars such as NBA Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns), as well as NCAA standouts JJ Redick (Duke), Bracey Wright (Indiana), Rashad McCants (North Carolina), Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse), Shavlik Randolph (Duke), Hassan Adams (Arizona), Sean May (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), John Gilchrist (Maryland) and Travis Garrison (Maryland).

The National Game will be part of a doubleheader that will also include a Regional Game showcasing the Capital All-Stars, the area's top 20 high school seniors along with recruits from the region's top colleges. Current college stars who appeared in the 2002 Regional Game include Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray and Georgetown standout Brandon Bowman.

"We are excited to be celebrating our 30th anniversary in Washington, D.C. this April with Nike's Jordan Division as our partner," says Robert J. Geoghan, President of Sports America, Inc. and founder of the Capital Classic. "If last year's players were any indication of the future of the Jordan Capital Classic, this year's event should be the most talented group of seniors we have ever had."

Over the past 29 years, the Capital Classic has included appearances by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Mike Bibby, Elton Brand, Jay Williams, Moses Malone and Patrick Ewing and current NCAA stars Jason Gardner (Arizona), Luke Walton (Arizona), Steve Blake (Maryland), Michael Sweetney (Georgetown) and Nick Collison (Kansas).

"We are honored to continue our association with the Jordan Capital Classic," says Larry Miller, President of Jordan, a division of Nike Inc. "These young players will have the opportunity to compete against their gifted peers, experience the history of Washington, D.C. and meet the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. It is truly a unique experience that no other event can match."

The doubleheader will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Regional Game, followed by the National Game at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Prices for the Jordan Capital Classic are $30.00, $22.50 and $17.50 for both games.

For more information, please visit the official web site, www.JordanCapitalClassic.com or by calling 301-424-8500.

Thursday, April 17, 2003
MCI Center, Washington, DC
6:00 PM - Regional All-Star Game
8:00 PM - National All-Star Game

National Game
Silver Jerseys
Pos. Name Hgt. Wgt. High School (Hometown) College
PG Chris Paul 6'1 170 West Forsyth High School (Clemmons, NC) Wake Forest
PG Taurean Minor 5'11 180 Booker T. Washington High School (Houston, TX) LSU
SG Shannon Brown 6'3 190 Proviso East High School (Maywood, IL) Michigan State
SG Dion Harris 6'4 175 Redford High School (Detroit, MI) Michigan
SF J.R. Giddens 6'6 190 John Marshall High School (Oklahoma City, OK) Kansas
SF Luol Deng 6'8 220 Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ) Duke
PF Ndudi Ebi 6'9 195 Westbury Christian High School (Houston, TX) Arizona
PF Ekene Ibekwe 6'8 215 Carson High School (Carson, CA) Maryland
C Courtney Sims 6'10 225 Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, MA) Michigan
C Drew Naymick 6'10 235 North Muskegon High School (Muskegon, MI) Michigan State
Head Coach: To be released at a later date.

National Game
Black Jerseys
Pos. Name Hgt. Wgt. High School (Hometown) College
PG Andrew Lavender 5'7 150 Brookhaven High School (Columbus, OH) Oklahoma
PG Gary Ervin 6'1 170 Notre Dame Academy (Fitchburg, MA) Mississippi State
SG Rodrick Stewart 6'3 180 Rainer Beach High School (Seattle, WA) Southern Cal
SG Brandon Cotton 6'0 175 St. Martin DePorres High School (Detroit, MI) Michigan State
SF LeBron James 6'8 240 St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, OH) Undecided
SF Vakeaton Wafer 6'6 210 Heritage Christian Academy (Cleveland, TX) Florida State
PF Kris Humphries 6'9 230 Hopkins High School (Minnetonka, MN) Duke
PF Brandon Foust 6'6 190 Brookhaven High School (Columbus, OH) Oklahoma
C Shagari Alleyne 7'3 255 Rice High School (New York, NY) Rutgers
C Linas Kleiza 6'8 240 Montrose Christian School (Rockville, MD) Undecided
Head Coach: To be released at a later date.

Regional Game
White Jerseys
Pos. Name Hgt. Wgt. High School (Hometown) College
PG Lorenzo Miles 5'11 170 Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) Undecided
PG Jose Olivero 6'1 180 W.T. Woodson High School (Fairfax, VA) Undecided
PG Matt Causey 6'0 170 Berkmar High School (Lilburn, GA) Georgetown
SG Thomas Richard 6'4 180 Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick, MD) Undecided
SG Ricky Lucas 6'5 185 Herndon High School (Herndon, VA) George Washington
SF Obie Nwadike 6'3 210 St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ) Central Connecticut
SF DeMario Anderson 6'3 180 Oxon Hill High School (Oxon Hill, MD) Central Connecticut
SF Luke Owings 6'6 175 Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) Princeton
PF Babacar Thiam 6'6 185 Spingarn High School (Washington, DC) Undecided
PF Patrick Ewing, Jr. 6'8 210 National Christian Academy (Ft. Washington, MD) Undecided
C Darian Townes 6'8 220 Archbishop Carroll High School (Washington, DC) Georgetown
C Jerome Habel 6'10 205 Walt Whitman High School (Bethesda, MD) Undecided
Head Coach: Keith Jackson, Spingarn High School (Washington, DC)

Regional Game
Blue Jerseys
Pos. Name Hgt. Wgt. High School (Hometown) College
PG Trevan Jackson 6'1 175 Friendly High School (Ft. Washington, Md.) Undecided
PG Laronja Owens 6'2 180 Annapolis High School (Annapolis, MD) Undecided
PG Maureece Rice 6'0 170 Strawberry Mansion High School (Philadelphia, PA) Undecided
SG Tre Kelley 6'0 160 Dunbar High School (Washington, DC) S. Carolina
SG DJ Strawberry 6'4 175 Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) Maryland
SG Nick Grant 6'3 180 Paul VI Catholic High School (Alexandria, VA) Drake
SF Gary Forbes 6'6 190 Bannaker Academy (Brooklyn, NY) Virginia
SF Bo Taylor 6'5 215 South Lakes High School (Reston, VA) Undecided
PF Marcus Sikes 6'6 220 Notre Dame Academy (Middleburg, VA) Undecided
PF Sheray Thomas 6'7 225 Riverdale Baptist School (Upper Marlboro, MD) Kentucky
C Will Bowers 7'0 250 Archbishop Spalding High School (Severn, MD) Maryland
C Stephen Danley 6'8 205 DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) Pennsylvania
Head Coach: Gerald Moore, Friendly High School (Ft. Washington, MD)

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