WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 29th annual Jordan Brand Capital Classic, with a sponsor relationship that connects Nike Inc.’s Jordan division with the nation’s top basketball talent of graduating high school seniors, announced the participants for the all-new National Game earlier this month. The Jordan Brand Capital Classic will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the MCI Center to benefit Children's National Medical Center.
The rosters for the game are below. An asterisk (*) indicates players who were also selected for the McDonald's All-America Game.
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.
"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 are $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.