This year's participants include Hassan Adams (Westchester/Los Angeles, CA/Arizona), Carmelo Anthony (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wilson, VA/Syracuse), Kelenna Azubuike (Victory Christian/Tulsa, OK/Oklahoma), Chris Bosh (Lincoln/Dallas, TX/Georgia Tech), Dee Brown (Proviso East/Maywood, IL/Illinois), Denham Brown (Toronto, Ontario/UConn), Greg Brunner (Charles City/Charles City, IA/Iowa), Evan Burns (Fairfax/Los Angeles, CA/UCLA), Torin Francis (Tabor/Marion, MA/Notre Dame), Travis Garrison (DeMatha/Hyattsville, MD/Maryland), Justin Gray (Oak Hill/Mouth of Wilson, VA/Wake Forest), Bryan Hopkins (Lincoln/Dallas, TX/SMU), Jeff Horner (Mason City/Mason City, IA/Iowa), Andre Iguodala (Lanphier/Springfield, IL/Arkansas), Jarrett Jack (Worcester/Worcester, MA/Georgia Tech), Sean May (Bloomington North/Bloomington, IN/North Carolina), Rashad McCants (New Hampton/New Hampton, NH/North Carolina), Shavlik Randolph (Broughton/Raleigh, NC/Duke), J.J. Redick (Cave Springs/Roanoke, VA/Duke), Amare Stoudemire (Cypress Creek/Orlando, FL/Undecided), Michael Thompson (Providence Catholic/New Lenox, IL/Duke), Kennedy Winston (Blount/Pritchard, AL/California) and Bracey Wright (The Colony/The Colony, TX/Indiana).
The National Game will be part of a doubleheader that will also include a Regional Game of United States All-Stars vs. Capital All-Stars, which has 28 years of history including appearances by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Moses Malone and Patrick Ewing. The United States team will be composed mainly of ACC, Big East and Atlantic-10 recruits. Rosters for the Regional Game will be released later this month.
"We are excited about our partnership with Jordan Brand," says Robert J. Geoghan, president of Sports America, Inc. and founder of the Capital Classic. "Over the past 28 years, we have seen some great athletes, but this will be the most talented group of players ever."
In the past few years, the Capital Classic has featured many of today's young NBA stars such as Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzlies), Elton Brand (LA Clippers), Antawn Jamison (Golden State) and Mike Bibby (Sacramento Kings), and current NCAA stars such as Jason Williams (Duke), Steve Blake (Maryland), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Juan Dixon (Maryland), Michael Sweetney (Georgetown) and Jason Gardner (Arizona).
"We are honored to be part of a prestigious event like the Capital Classic and to have our Jordan Brand associated with the next generation of hoop stars," says Larry Miller, President of Jordan, a division of Nike Inc.
The doubleheader will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Regional Game of United States All-Stars vs. Capital All-Stars, followed by the National Game between the Red Team and White Team at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the Jordan Brand Capital Classic are $30.00, $22.50 and $17.50 for both games of the doubleheader.
As part of the new change, the annual preliminary boys and girls games will be held two weeks earlier as part of the Metro Classic on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at American University's Bender Arena. The event will include 48 high school players from the Washington metropolitan area as the top boys and girls will compete in a Suburban (Maryland/Virginia) vs. District (Inner High/Prep Privates) format. The girls game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8:00 p.m. Tickets prices for the Metro Classic will $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Those in attendance at the Metro Classic will receive a complimentary $17.50 ticket for the Jordan Brand Capital Classic as well.
Tickets are now on sale for both events by calling local Ticketmaster outlets or visiting the web site at www.ticketmaster.com.