(Updated 05/01/13) Some of the best high school basketball players in the country converged on T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria April 28 for the 40th annual Capital Classic All-Star Basketball Game.
The U.S All-Stars edged out the Capital All-Stars for a 126-120 victory. The score was tied at 111 with less than two minutes remaining, but the U.S. All-Stars broke away with the win by nailing three straight three-point shots in the waning seconds of the game.
“It was an exciting game to watch for the fans that came out,” said Bob Geoghan, the founder and organizer of the Capital Classic. “We had a really great group of All-Stars that participated this year and about a thousand fans there to watch them play.”
Geoghan told the Afro he honestly expected more fans to show up because of the talent possessed by this year’s All-Stars, but he realized the crowd may have been small because many of the fans may have been attending church on a Sunday.
“Nonetheless, the fans that showed up were really into the game,” Geoghan said, “especially because it was such a tight contest down to the last seconds.”
Every year, the Capital Classic invites elite high school basketball players from various cities around the U.S. (U.S. All-Stars) to come to nation’s capital to compete against the best ball players in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region (Capital All-Stars).
Geoghan said he uses a coaching committee made up of coaches from Washington, D.C, Northern Virginia, Prince George’s County and Baltimore to select the All-Stars who will participate in the annual Classic.
Many of the greatest players in basketball history have competed in this classic, including Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, as well as current NBA stars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
This year’s game roster included star prospects like Kameron Williams, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard out of Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in Baltimore. Williams, heading to Ohio State University, won MVP honors for the Capital Classic after dropping a team-high 25 points for the U.S. All-Stars.
Williams was followed by fellow U.S. All-Star teammate Stanford Robinson with 19 points; Robinson played for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. and will attend Indiana University in the fall.
The Capital All-Stars were led by Baltimore native Aquille Carr with a game-high 29 points. One of the nation’s most exciting high school players to watch, the 5-foot-6, 150-pound guard hooped for Patterson High School in Baltimore for three years before transferring to Princeton Day Prep Academy in Lanham, Md., in 2012.
Carr had verbally committed to attend Seton Hall, but recently decided to skip college to play pro basketball in Europe. Carr hopes a short career overseas will help him fast track his way to a career in the NBA, much like the path taken by NBA guard Brandon Jennings, who chose to play in Italy for one year before being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2009 draft.
“I had to think about my family and taking care of my daughter, that’s why I chose overseas over college,” Carr told reporters following his last game played for Princeton Day. “I’m ready to make basketball my career and handle my responsibilities.”
Before the marquee All-Star Game, the District All-Stars competed against the Suburban All-Stars in a preliminary contest filled with other highly talented players from the DMV area. The District All-Stars manhandled the Suburban All-Stars, 118-88. Mark Williams, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward out of Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville scored 21 points to win MVP honors.