All-Star Basketball Event to be played
at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 16
NEW YORK – Jordan, a division of Nike, Inc., announced this week the National Game coaches for the Jordan Classic, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 16th at Madison Square Garden.
The head coaches will be Maurice Hicks of Rice High School (New York, NY) and Bob Oliva of Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY).
The Jordan Classic features the nation's top high school graduating seniors and will be nationally televised live on ESPN U and air on tape delay on Sunday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN 2. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit The Children's Aid Society, a large non-profit children's agency based in New York City.
Hicks began his coaching career in 1990 at Louis D. Brandeis High School in New York City, where he won his first city championship in 1992. In 1994, he returned to Rice High School, where he spent three years as a student, and guided Rice to four Catholic city titles and four state Federation crowns. This season Rice finished with a 22-5 record, won the CHSAA Bronx/Manhattan title and advanced to the CHSAA Class AA City Title game. Hicks' assistants are Lorenzo Hands of Palm Beach Lakes High School (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Luther Riley of Provine High School (Jackson, Miss).
"It's an honor to be selected to coach in the Jordan Classic," said Hicks. "This is a great event for a great city and I'm certain fans will appreciate the terrific high school basketball showcase." Since Oliva was named Christ the King's Varsity coach in 1981, he has the led the Royals to 14 Brooklyn Queens Championships and four City Championships. Oliva has been named New York City Coach of the Year six times and in 1989 was named National Coach of the Year. For his career, Oliva has amassed a record of 477-163. This season the Royals finished with a 24-3 record, ranked No. 15 in USA Today's Super 25 poll and advanced to the AA CHSAA City Semifinals. Oliva's assistants are Mike Jones of DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, Md.) and Timmy Byrd of Reserve Christian High School (Reserve, La).
"I am thrilled to be selected to coach in this prestigious basketball event," said Oliva. "It's a great opportunity to coach the nation's top players at the world's most famous arena."
Jack Alesi from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn will coach the New York City Team in the event opener. He will be assisted by Jack O'Brien, from Charlestown High School in Massachusetts.
The Suburban Team head coach will be Oliver Antigua of St. Raymond High School in the Bronx. His assistant will be Don Showalter from Mid-Prairie High School in Wellman, Iowa.
The event doubleheader will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Regional Game, followed by the National Game at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, the Madison Square Garden box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-7171. For more information, please visit the official web site, www.JordanClassic.com.