Mar 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2017

Verizon Center to host Capital Classic on Saturday April 8th

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoop Culture announced the local rosters for the 44th Annual Hoop Culture Capital Classic today. The nation’s most legendary high school basketball All-American Game will be played on Saturday April 8, 2017 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. This is the first time the Capital Classic has been held at the Verizon Center since 2003 when LeBron James and Chris Paul played before a sellout crowd. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. “We are thrilled to bring the Capital Classic back to the Verizon Center this April,” said Tom Doyle, CEO of Hoop Culture & the Capital Classic.

The Capital All-Stars will be led by Gonzaga’s Chris Lykes, a lightning quick 5’8” point guard who guided his team to 2016-17 WCAC and DCSAA Championships and is heading to the University of Miami. Also, on the team is 6’11” Luka Garza of Maret (Iowa) and 6’6” DJ Harvey of DeMatha (Notre Dame). For 2017, the Capital team will for the first time include two Academic All-Americans. These players were selected for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community, displaying exemplary talent in all three areas. This year’s selections are Dominic Doyle from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and Michael Myers from Gonzaga. There will be a preliminary game between the District All-Stars and the Suburban All-Stars beginning at 11AM, followed by the United States All-Americans versus the Capital All-Americans which includes the elite seniors from the DMV at 1PM. The United States All-Americans will be released on Thursday, March 9th.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/15005176FF49865A or by visiting the Verizon Center Box Office at 701 F Street NW, Washington, DC. Most tickets good for both games are only $25. Limited VIP and Premium seats are available.


Established in 1974, the Capital Classic has been a beacon in the Washington, DC community, showcasing some of the nation’s top high school basketball talent. The game has become a steppingstone for many college All-Americans, NBA All-Stars and Pro Basketball Hall of Fame recipients, such as Moses Malone, Magic Johnson, Ralph Sampson, Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Klay Thompson.

For media inquiries please contact:

Tod Castleberry at BL Sports & Media Group TCastleberry@BLsportsandmedia.com / 301-529-8377

For partnership opportunities please contact:

Pete Deoudes, CFO of the Capital Classic pdeoudes@gmail.com / 301-367-2954



Name Pos Num Ht Wt High School / College
Chris Lykes PG 0 5’8” 160 Gonzaga / Miami
Aaron Thompson PG 2 6’3” 185 Paul VI / Pittsburgh
Michael Myers PG 4 6’3” 180 Gonzaga / Williams
Michael Speight WG 1 6’3” 195 Wise
 Deion Hammond  WG  3  6’4”  195  Riverdale Baptist / Monmouth
 Keleaf Tate  WG  11  6’3”  165  Cesar Chavez
 Quinton Drayton  WG  13  6’2”  185  Bowie / Towson
 Dominic Doyle  WG  20  6’3”  185  St. Andrew’s
 Brandon Simpson  WG  25  6’3”  190  Seneca Valley
DJ Harvey  WF  5  6’6”  210  DeMatha / Notre Dame
Anthony Duruji  WF  15  6’7”  190  St. Andrew’s / Louisiana Tech
Nate Watson  PF  21  6’9”  250  O’Connell / Providence
Ejike Obinna  C  44  6’9”  230  Virginia Academy / Vanderbilt
Luka Garza  C  55  6’11”  240  Maret / Iowa

Head Coach – Pat Behan (St. Mary’s Ryken)


Name Pos Num Ht Wt Highschool / College
Jacob Long PG 2 6’3” 170 Cesar Chavez
Ryan Allen PG 13 6’2” 190 DeMatha / Delaware
Jah’lil Jenkins PG 15 5’11” 160 VA Academy / Fairleigh Dickinson
Cyril Ogbuagu PF 34 6’6” 200 Riverdale Baptist
Matt Lewis WG 1 6’5” 185 O‘Connell / JMU
George Mawanda-Kalema WG 3 6’3” 180 Episcopal / Brown
Tyler Foster WG 4 6’5” 185 Middleburg Academy
Reese Mona WG 20 6’2” 175 St. John’s / Maryland
Emanuel Hylton WG 5 6’3” 195 St. John’s / San Diego
Eddie Scott WF 10 6’6” 195 Gonzaga / UPenn
Chyree Walker WF 11 6’4” 195 Bullis / Delaware
Terence Lewis WF 21 6’6” 185 National Christian
Donald Brewer WF 32 6’5” 205 Theodore Roosevelt
Milos Apic PF 44 6’10” 220 Sandy Springs Friends

Head Coach – Neil Berkman (Bishop Ireton)


Name Pos Num Ht Wt Blake
Kobe Colston PG 0 5’11” 160 Blake
Alan Treakle PG 1 6’4” 180 Wakefield
Matt Kelly PG 4 5’11” 150 Quince Orchard / Assumption College
Donald Carey PG 5 6’3” 165 Douglass
Trent Dixon WG 2 5’11” 155 Central
Dominik Fragala WG 11 6’0” 155 Champe
Corey Pelham WG 13 6’0” 165 Lake Braddock
Jonathan Mustamu WG 15 6’2” 170 Kennedy
Jason Aigner WG 20 6’2” 175 WT Woodson / Newport University
John Fierstein WF 3 6’3” 175 Quince Orchard
Bryan Boehlert WF 32 6’6” 205 Magruder /Assumption College
Darron Barnes PF 10 6’6” 220 Wise
Nana Opoku PF 22 6’8” 180 Potomac (VA )/ Mt. St. Mary’s
Zion Cousins C 24 6’7” 185 Douglass / Howard

Head Coach – Brian Humphrey (Seneca Valley)

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