Five McDonald’s All-Americans and two signees from both the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky will be in Louisville this month to participate in the adidas Kentucky Derby Festival Classic.
The 35th annual Derby Classic will be played Saturday, April 19, in Freedom Hall. The Night of the Future Stars is April 18 at Bellarmine College.
Though the McDonald’s All-Americans are a huge national draw, the local recruits are the main attractions with the fans.
U of L signees Terrence Jennings and Jared Swopshire will compete. Fellow U of L signee and All-American Samardo Samuels will not; he is already playing in the allotted two All-Star events.
Jennings is a 6-foot-10 center from Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep. The 6-7 Swopshire played at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
The two UK signees in the game will be Mason County’s Darius Miller, who was recently named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball, and Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep guard DeAndre Liggins.
The game also features three players undecided on their choice of colleges, and all three have had interest from UK.
Upper Marlboro (Md.) Largo center Maurice Sutton, Portland (Ore.) Grant guard Paul McCoy and Ater Majok, who is originally from Sudan and played his high school ball in Australia.
Indiana fans will have something to see also. Cincinnati Harmony Prep guard Terrell Holloway had signed with Indiana, but is now looking at other schools. His new list still includes Indiana. Sutton also has IU on his list.
“With the great showing by the University of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, their fans are anxious to get a look at the players who will be making an impact on the team next season,” Classic recruiting chairman Dan Owens said. “The same goes for UK fans and we’re excited to bring in these four prized recruits, along with some other top players from around the country. Our partnership with adidas has allowed us to bring in some real blue-chippers.”
The game will feature 11 players ranked among the top 50 nationally by Rivals.com, including Indiana’s Mr. Basketball Tyler Zeller. He has signed with North Carolina and was a McDonald’s All-American.
The other McDonald’s All-Americans in the game are: North Carolina signee Larry Drew, Florida State signee Chris Singleton, Nevada signee Luke Babbitt and Rutgers signee Mike Roasrio.
Tickets are $10 and $15 and are available at Freedom Hall or TicketMaster. Admission to the Friday festivities is free with a ticket to the game.
Larry Drew, Woodland Hills (Calif.)*5-11*G*North Carolina
Korie Luscious, Milwaukee (Wis.)*5-11*G*Michigan State
Paul McCoy, Portland (Ore.)*6-0*G*Undecided
Travis Releford, Shawnee Mission (Kan.)*6-5*G*Kansas
Jerime Anderson, Anaheim (Calif.)*6-2*G*UCLA
DeAndre Liggins, Henderson (Nev.)*6-5*G*Kentucky
Darius Miller, Mason County*6-7*F*Kentucky
Chris Singleton, Dunwoody (Ga.)*6-8*F*Florida State
Howard Thompkins, Norcross (Ga.)*6-9*F*Georgia
Ater Majok, Australia*6-0*C*Undecided
Tyler Zeller, Washington (Ind.)*6-0*C*North Carolina
Maurice Sutton, Upper Marlboro (Md.)*6-10*C*Undecided
Coaches: Chris O’Hearn, Mason County; Ed Smith, Australia.
Dashan Harris, Montverde (Fla.)*6-1*G*Texas A&M
Terrell Holloway, Cincinnati*5-11*G*Undecided
Mike Rosario, Jersey City (N.J.)*6-2*G*Rutgers
Ray Shipman, Miami (Fla.)*6-5*G*Florida
Jared Swopshire, Bradenton (Fla.)*6-7*F*Louisville
Luke Babbitt, Reno (Nev.)*6-8*F*Nevada
Yancy Gates, Cincinnati*6-9*F*Cincinnati
Emmanuel Negedu, Wolfeboro (N.H.)*6-6*F*Arizona
Terrence Jennings, Fitchburg (Mass.)*6-10*C*Louisville
Jeff Withey, San Diego (Calif.)*7-1*C*Arizona
Kenneth Kadji, Bradenton (Fla.)*6-10*C
Coaches: Mark Lieberman, Miami Pace; Don Showalter, Wellman (Iowa) Mid-Prairie.