ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy first-year men's basketball coach Billy
Lange has announced that the Naval Academy will hold an alumni men's
basketball game this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Alumni Hall. Admission
to the contest is free of charge and will feature some well-known names
in Navy basketball history, including Vernon Butler and Kevin Sinnett
whose jerseys hang from the rafters at Alumni Hall.
Also playing are
Victor Mickel and Brian Walker who took the Mids to the NCAA Tournament
in 1994, Navy
's first NCAA Tournament berth since the David Robinson
era. Mike Heary, Matt Sladky and Skip Victor who led the Mids to their
last NCAA Tournament appearance with a 19-11 record in 1997-98 will
lace up their sneakers and play in the alumni game. Legendary coaches
Paul Evans and Dave Smalley will also be in attendance to coach the
former Midshipmen standouts.
"I believe that Navy basketball is one of the most
tradition-rich programs in the country," said Lange. "I wanted our
players and fans to feel a part of that tradition. I also wanted to
welcome back some of the great players who are responsible for making
Navy basketball what it is. I'm excited for this weekend's event and
looking forward to having this event continue on a yearly basis."
Fans are encouraged to stick around for the Navy varsity game at
2 p.m. against 2003-04 Patriot League Champion Lehigh.