Capital Classic Rosters Announced
In addition to the national game, the Capital Classic will also feature a regional game showcasing the D.C. area's top 24 high school seniors, including Good Counsel High's (Md.) James Gist and Georgetown Prep's (Md.) Roy Hibbert.
The list of participants expected to appear in the national game includes Lincoln High's (N.Y.) Sebastian Telfair, Southwest Atlanta Christian's (Ga.) Dwight Howard, Archbishop Spalding's (Md.) Rudy Gay, Prentiss High's (Miss.) Al Jefferson, Renaissance High's (Mich.) Malik Hairston and Joe Crawford, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) Isaiah Swann, Seagoville High's (Texas) LaMarcus Aldridge, Taft High's (Calif.) Jordan Farmar, Hillcrest High's (Ala.) D.J. White, Marlboro County High's (S.C.) Ra'Sean Dickey, Portland High's (Tenn.) Corey Brewer, Amityville High's (N.Y.) A.J. Price, Jesse H. Jones High's (Texas) Daniel Gibson, Bridgton Academy's (Maine) Robert Vaden, Florida Air Academy's (Fla.) Alexander Kaun, Dr. Phillips High's (Fla.) Jason Rich, Rice High's (N.Y.) Russell Robinson and Oak Hill Academy's (Va.) Josh Smith, Rajon Rondo and Brian Johnson.
Notable names not on the list of participants include Top 10 recruits Shaun Livingston of Peoria Central High (Ill.), Marvin Williams of Bremerton High (Wash.) and Robert Swift of Bakersfield High (Calif.). All three players are slated to appear in both the EA Sports Roundball Classic (March 24 in Chicago) and the McDonald's All-American Game (March 31 in Oklahoma City). NCAA rules prohibit prep players from playing in more than two postseason all-star games.
Interestingly, Josh Smith, Sebastian Telfair and Dwight Howard appear on the rosters for all three postseason all-star games, which may indicate their intentions to enter this summer's NBA Draft.
Over the past 30 years, the Jordan Capital Classic has included appearances by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Moses Malone, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Patrick Ewing and current NCAA stars Rashad McCants (North Carolina), Sean May (North Carolina), Bracey Wright (Indiana), John Gilchrist (Maryland), Dee Brown (Indiana), J.J. Redick (Duke) Jarrett Jack (Georgia Teach) and Hassan Adams (Arizona).
Last year's Jordan Capital Classic National All-Star Game included current stars such as NBA Rookie-of-the-Year candidate LeBron James, as well as NCAA standouts Chris Paul (Wake Forest), J.R. Giddens (Kansas), Kris Humphries (Minnesota), Shannon Brown (Michigan State) Linas Kleiza (Missouri) and Ekene Ibekwe (Maryland).