The high school basketball season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the seniors have played their last games before heading off to college. Instead, we’ve got tons of all-star games for the ultra-talented to put on displays for the general public; Melo Trimble just got done playing in the ultimate all-star game, for example. But it’s rare that Maryland fans will get a chance to watch four-fifths of their recruiting class play against one another in a single game before the season starts.
Enter the Capital Classic all-star game. The nation’s longest running game has been a showcase for some of the best players to ever play the game for a long time now, graduating guys like Michael Jordan, Chris Paul, and and LeBron James. This year, however, we’re going to get a glimpse at Trayvon Reed, Dion Wiley, Romelo Trimble, and Jared Nickens. Those guys comprise the majority of the Terps recruiting class for 2014, and they’re going to be on the court at the same time.
Dion Wiley and Melo Trimble will be on the Capital All-Stars team, while Reed and Nickens will be on the United States All-Star team. The game takes place on April 26th at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia (yes, the same one from Remember the Titans), and the Terps take the court for the 7:30 PM slot. For a full list of the rosters, check below (from WaPo):
Phil Booth, Mount St. Joseph’s (Villanova recruit)
Jamall Gregory, Coolidge (Undecided)
Randy Haynes, Potomac (Va.) (Undecided) *
Alex Long, Riverdale Baptist (Undecided)*
Dwayne Morgan, St. Frances (UNLV)
Chinanu Onuaku, Riverdale Baptist (Louisville)
James Palmer, St. John’s (Miami)
Trey Porter, Potomac (Va.) (George Mason)
Andrew Robinson, Springbrook (Undecided)
Johnnie Shuler, Theodore Roosevelt (LaSalle)
Melo Trimble, O’Connell (Maryland)
Dion Wiley, Potomac (Md.) (Maryland)
Coach: Chris Lun, Whitman
*Replaces St. John’s G Tre Campbell and Clinton Christian G Jon Davis, who elected not to play in contest
UNITED STATES ALL-STARS
Khadeen Carrington, Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) (Seton Hall)
Angel Delgado, The Patrick School (N.J.) (Seton Hall)
Terry Harris, Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) (Undecided)
Tyler Lindquist, Madison Memorial (Wis.) (Undecided)
Caleb Martin, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) (N.C. State)
Cody Martin, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) (N.C. State)
Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann Goretti (Pa.) (Miami)
Jared Nickens, West Town School (Pa.) (Maryland)
Trayvon Reed, Life Center Academy (N.J.) (Maryland)
Desi Rodriguez, Lincoln (N.Y.) (Seton Hall)
B.J. Stith, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) (Virginia)
Isaiah Whitehead, Lincoln (N.Y.) (Seton Hall)
Coach: Dwayne “Tiny” Morton, Lincoln (N.Y).
Clearly, the Terps have some major talent descending onto College Park next season, but if you don’t believe yet, then now is your chance to see it for yourself. There will most definitely never be another opportunity like this one, so it’s going to be worth the price of admission. It is an all-star game, so the minutes may be staggered, but you have to assume the event organizers understand that there will be Maryland fans out to see this clearly predetermined matchup.
The better for us!