The inside strength and power of 6-10 Notre Dame recruit Troy Murphy overwhelmed the perimeter oriented Capital All-Stars before a crowd of 11,286. Murphy earned the MVP for U.S. All-Stars joining past greats such as Trajan Langdon, Marcus Camby, Corey Benjamin and Elton Brand. University of North Carolina recruit 6-8 Jason Capel led the Capital All-Stars with a terrific all-around game. Capel, the younger brother of former Duke star Jeff Capel, scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. His Tar Heel teammate Ronald Curry, the 1998 McDonald’s National Player of the Year, scored 10 points. “I had seen Murphy during his prep days and he’s just improved each and every day,” said United States All-Star coach Bill Aberer of LaSalle Academy in New York. “He’s such a good worker that things will turn out well for him down the line. I’ll tell you he’s also a great athlete, jumper and has great hands for a big guy. His rebound total of 21 is second to George Lynch’s mark set in 1989. In total, eight players from the 1998 Capital Classic went on to play at Atlantic Coast Conference schools including Capel (UNC), Curry (UNC), Danny Miller (Maryland), Lonny Baxter (Maryland), Adam Harrington (NC State), Keith Bean (NC State), Broderick Hicks (Wake Forest), and Corey Maggette (Duke). Many regarded Maggette as the next great NBA star. The Illinois native scored 13 points and excited the crowd with two thunderous dunks.