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Highlighted by four respected Memphis prep coaches and 20 top senior high school boys basketball players who hail from 14 different Memphis area high schools, the two 10-member teams that will compete in the 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic we

Memphis Area�s Top 20 To Star In 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic

  • 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic Rosters
Highlighted by four respected Memphis prep coaches and 20 top senior high school boys basketball players who hail from 14 different Memphis area high schools, the two 10-member teams that will compete in the 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic were announced today. As in 2006, the Memphis All-Star Classic will precede the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit, and both games will be played on Saturday, April 7, at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.

'This group of Memphis players is a very talented group, and some of these players are outstanding on a national level,' said Jimmy Adams, Memphis All-Star Classic Red Team co-head coach and Raleigh Egypt High School head mentor. 'Memphis doesn�t always get the recognition it deserves for consistently producing talented basketball players, and this game is special to these kids because they will get a chance to get up and down the court and make big plays in front of pretty much the same crowd as the Nike Hoop Summit guys. I expect this will be a high-scoring, athletic, fun-to-watch game.'

The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit, the country�s premiere annual basketball game featuring America�s top male high school seniors taking on a World Select Team comprised of the world�s top players 19 years old or younger, will be played at 3:00 p.m. (CT), with the Memphis All-Star Classic slated to start at 12:30 p.m.(CT). The 2007 Nike Hoop Summit game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Network.

Tickets for the Nike Hoop Summit and Memphis All-Star Classic are now on sale, with reserved lower bowl seats priced at $10, courtside seats available for $20 and floor seats (first and second rows) at $40 and $75. Tickets can be purchased at the FedExForum box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 901-525-1515.

Serving as co-head coaches for the third consecutive year of the Memphis All-Star Classic Red Team are Adams and Fairley High School head coach Sylvester Ford. Sharing coaching responsibilities of the Memphis All-Star Classic White Team will be Fred Horton, head coach at Booker T. Washington High School, who also returns for his third go along the sidelines, and Wes Hennings, head basketball coach at Ridgeway High School, who returns for his second stint.

Selected for the 10-member 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic White Team were: DeAndre Bynum (White Station H.S.); Stephen Duckett (Bishop Byrne H.S.); Broderick Gilchrist (Hamilton H.S.); Jerry Hampton (Booker T. Washington H.S.); Sergio Kerusch (Overton H.S.); Trevon Malone (Ridgeway H.S.); Allen McClain (Overton H.S.); Jordan Miller (White Station H.S.); Alvin Thomas (Wooddale H.S.); and Nick Walls (Ridgeway H.S.).

The 2007 Memphis All-Star Classic Red Team includes Hauns Brereton (Bartlett H.S.); Jeremy Carr (Fairley H.S.); Randy Culpepper (Sheffield H.S.); Derrick Edwards (Raleigh Egypt H.S.); William Green (Fairley H.S.); Maurice Miller (Raleigh Egypt H.S.); Gabriel McCulley (Craigmont H.S.); Myron Strong (Hamilton H.S.); Medric Spight (Northside H.S.); and Chris Walker (Christian Brothers H.S.).

The player selections were made by the high school basketball coaches in the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). Each coach was sent a ballot to nominate one senior player for the Memphis All-Star Classic teams. Each team was then selected by the four coaches who are leading the teams.

Red Team co-mentor Adams directed Raleigh-Egypt in 2006-07 to a stellar 29-5 overall mark and the Class AAA Region 7 championship. Two of Adams� Raleigh-Egypt players�Edwards and Miller�will be playing for the Red squad in the 2007 Memphis Classic. Ford, who led Fairley High to a 22-7 record and to the 2007 Class AAA Region 8 quarterfinals, also is joined by two members from his Fairley club�Carter and Green. White squad co-head coach Hennings directed Ridgeway in 2006-07 to 24-8 record and the Class AAA Region 8 finals, and Ridgeway claimed the Class AAA title in 2005. Two members of Hennings� Ridgeway team are listed on the White roster�Malone and Walls. Joining Hennings along the White Team sidelines and coaching in the Memphis Classic for a third year is Horton, who led Booker T. Washington to a27-2overall mark in 2006-07 and the Class AA Region 8 finals. Horton is joined by one player from his high school squad�Hampton.

Several members of both Memphis Classic All-Star teams plan to take their skills to prominent NCAA Division I basketball programs next year. Bynum is headed to Georgia State University, Gilchrist to Middle Tennessee State University, Culpepper to the University of Texas at El Paso, Maurice Miller to Furman University (S.C.), Strong to the University of San Francisco and Walker will play football at the University of Tennessee.

Maurice Miller was named Tennessee�s Class AAA Mr. Basketball, and Culpepper was a finalist for the Class AA Mr. Basketball award.

The 2006 Memphis All-Star Classic saw Ridgeway�s Wes Channel, one of six Black Team players in double figures, score a team-high 17 points as the Black defeated the Red, 92-71. The Black took a narrow 37-37 halftime lead and then outscored the Red 28-15 in the third quarter to run away with the victory. Jeremy Williams (Hamilton H.S.) and University of Memphis recruit Willie Kemp (Bolivar Central) each had 13 points for the Black. Jay Watkins (Hamilton H.S.), now a freshman at San Francisco, had a game-high 19 points for the Red Team.

In an overtime thriller in the 2005 Memphis All-Star Classic, the Blue Team defeat the White Team, 87-86. Hillcrest High School forward Calvin Williams led the way to the win with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Desmond Yates of Fayette-Ware High School added 17 points. Fairley High School forward Jeremy Jones and Wooddale High School guard Tayloe Taylor each tossed in 15 points for the White squad.

2006 Nike Hoop Summit Teams

USA Basketball announced on Feb. 13 that Memphis recruit Derrick Rose (Simeon Vocational / Chicago, Ill.)was one of 10 players named to the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that will compete in the 10th Annual 2007 Nike Hoop Summit.

Joining Rose on the 2007 USA Team are high school standouts: Jerryd Bayless (St. Mary's H.S. / Phoenix, Az.); Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep / Frederick, Md.); Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S. / Niagara Falls, N.Y.); Dont Greene (Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.); Kevin Love (Lake Oswego H.S. / Lake Oswego, Ore.); O.J. Mayo (Huntington H.S. / Huntington, W.Va.); Patrick Patterson (Huntington H.S. / Huntington, W.Va.); Kyle Singler (South Medford H.S. / Medford, Ore.); and Nolan Smith (Oak Hill Academy, Va. / Upper Marlboro, Md.).

Named head coach of the 2007 USA Team was Pat Fitterer (Eisenhower High School / Yakima, Wash.). Fitterer served as the assistant coach for last year�s victorious USA Hoop Summit Team and as the head coach of the USA White Team that captured gold at the 2005 Youth Development Festival. Tagged as assistant coach was Douglas Mitchell (North Central High School / Indianapolis, Ind.), who also served as Fitterer�s assistant coach for the 2005 USA White Team and as an assistant for the USA North Team at the 2003 Youth Development Festival. The coach and player selections were made by the USA Basketball Men�s Junior Development Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Executive Committee.

Featuring 11 players from 10 countries across four continents, the World roster includes four guards, Nihad Djedovic (FC Barcelona / Bosnia), Chen Jianghua (Guangdong Tigers / China), Aleksandar Ugrinoski (Arkadia Traiskirchen, Austria / Croatia) and Petteri Koponen (Honka Espoo / Finland); five forwards Omri Caspi (Hapoel Galil Elyon / Israel), Alexis Wangmene Mang-Ikri (Blair Academy, N. J. / Cameroon), Nicholas Batum (Le Mans / France), Emir Preldzic (Ljublijana / Slovenia) and Nemanja Aleksandrov (Crvena Zvedna / Serbia); center Giorgi Shermadini (Maccabi Tbilisi / Georgia) and forward/center Alexis Ajinca (Pau-Orthez / France).

The World Team at Nike Hoop Summit 2007 will be coached, for the third time, by respected Australian national coach Rob Beveridge, whose career highlights include leading Australia to the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championship.

Nike Hoop Summit History

USA teams have won seven of the previous nine Nike Hoop Summit match-ups, and the Americans have done so on the shoulders of some outstanding showings by an impressive list of alumni.

The premiere event for high school seniors, 67 former USA and World Select Hoop Summit team members have been drafted by NBA teams, including one member of the 2006 squad�Mouhamed Saer Sene (10th pick by Seattle in 2006); three members of the 2005 USA team�Martell Webster (6th pick by Portland in 2005), Monta Ellis (40th pick by Golden State in 2005) and Louis Williams (45th pick by Philadelphia in 2005); and seven members of the 2004 USA Team�Rudy Gay (8th pick by Houston in 2006), Sebastian Telfair (13th pick by Portland in 2005), Al Jefferson (15th pick by Boston in 2005), Josh Smith (17th pick by Atlanta in 2005), J.R. Smith (18th pick by New Orleans in 2005), Jordan Farmar (26th pick by Los Angeles Lakers in 2006) and Daniel Gibson (42nd pick by Cleveland in 2006).

As of March 15, 2007, 33 former USA players and 10 former World team members play in the NBA.

Some of the American NBA standouts boasting of Hoop Summit experience include Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Sacramento Kings); Ron Artest (Sacramento Kings); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Mike Bibby (Sacramento Kings); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors); Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls); Mike Dunleavy (Indiana Pacers); Ellis (Golden State Warriors); Farmar (Los Angeles Lakers); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Gibson (Cleveland Cavaliers); Al Harrington (Golden State Warriors); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Larry Hughes (Cleveland Cavaliers); Jefferson (Boston Celtics); Jared Jeffries (New York Knicks); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Rashard Lewis (Seattle SuperSonics); Stephon Marbury (New York Knicks); Darius Miles (Portland Trail Blazers); Jermaine O�Neal (Indiana Pacers), Zach Randolph (Portland Trail Blazers); Quentin Richardson (New York Knicks); J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets); Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks); Stromile Swift (Memphis Grizzlies); Telfair (Boston Celtics); Webster (Portland Trail Blazers); Louis Williams (Philadelphia 76ers).

World Hoop Summit alums now playing for NBA teams include: Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks); Bostjan Nachbar (New Jersey Nets); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Los Angeles Lakers); Sergio Rodriguez (Portland Trail Blazers); Mouhamed Saer Sene (Seattle SuperSonics); Darius Songaila (Washington Wizards); and Marcus Vinicius Viera (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets).

Other former Hoop Summit players currently competing on the collegiate level include: North Carolina standouts Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough, Tywon Lawson and Brandan Wright; Duke�s Gerald Henderson, Jr., Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer; Kansas� sophomore tandem Brandon Rush and Julian Wright; Washington teammates Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman; Alabama forward Richard Hendrix; Arizona guard J.P. Prince; Texas� star frosh Kevin Durant; Paul Harris at Syracuse; Thaddeus Young at Georgia Tech; Oregon�s Malik Hairston; Texas A&M�s Joseph Jones; Indiana�s D.J. White; and Georgetown freshman Vernon Macklin.

The USA owns a 7-2 series lead in the Nike Hoop Summit after handing the World squad a 109-91 setback in Memphis last April. Ellington put on a show in the first half and scored 21 of his game high and USA record-tying 31 points as the USA rolled to a 109-91 victory. In 2005, the USA rolled to a 106-98 win as Hansbrough scored a record-tying 31 points and added 10 rebounds, while Paulus led the American offense with a USA Hoop Summit record 10 assists.

In 2004, the USA upended the World Select Team 99-79 in a game played in San Antonio, Texas. In that contest, Josh Smith led the U.S. offense with 27 points on 12-of-18 shooting, and his 12 made field goals set a single game USA Hoop Summit record. Telfair recorded a game high seven assists, tying what was at the time the USA Hoop Summit record.

In the 2000 Hoop Summit the USA edged the World Select Team 98-97 in Indianapolis, Ind. Randolph accounted for 24 points and eight rebounds and Miles contributed 15 points and eight boards, but it was France�s Parker pacing the World squad with 20 points and seven assists. In 1999 in Tampa, Fla., USA guard Casey Jacobsen set a U.S. team record with 31 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point as the Americans rolled to a 107-95 victory. In 1998, the World Select Team earned a hard-fought 104-99 victory thanks to a Hoop Summit record 33 points and 14 rebounds from future NBA All-Star Nowitzki. Current Golden State Warriors forward Harrington posted 26 points and nine rebounds for the U.S. in the loss.

In the 1997 Hoop Summit, contested in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., future NBA standouts Hughes and Artest posted 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the USA squad battled to a 97-90 triumph. Despite O�Neal finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, the World Team claimed a 104-96 win in the 1996 Hoop Summit in Charlotte, N.C. In the inaugural Hoop Summit contest held in Springfield, Mass., the USA won 86-77 as Garnett accumulated 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots, and Marbury added 10 points and five assists.